Rebecca Hawley, Stealing Sheep
Matt Berninger, The National
James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
Adam Granduciel, The War on Drugs
John McClure, Reverend Soundsystem
Frank Black, Black Francis
Marius Hagen, Team Me
Johnny Bramwell, I Am Kloot
Bernard Sumner, New Order
Johnny Rogoff, Yuck
Jeff Tweedy, Wilco
'Wherever people have existed, so has music. For me, it’s the most fascinating aspect of being human. Why do we have music? What is it for? From philosophers to anthropologists, nobody really knows. Perhaps I’m trying to find out with a camera.
I’ve photographed musicians and their audiences all over Europe - from Glastonbury to Roskilde to Benicàssim - but nowhere more than in Manchester. Musicians love to perform in our city, world famous for its music, and for many of them Manchester is the highlight of a world tour.
Wonderful as it is, recorded music is a new-fangled invention which misses something vital. People have evolved to see music performed live - together with other people - and that’s where it comes to life. With my pictures, I think I’m trying to show music as it is, how it feels, what it means.'