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    Promo shoot with NYC rapper- Cakes Da Killa

    I first met Rashard, aka- Cakes Da Killa, late last year when I was photographing him for Red Bull Sound Selects.  I shot a quick backstage portrait of him, and then witnessed one of the most animated and engaging live shows I’ve seen in awhile.  We’ve been in touch since then, and I’ve been trying to pin down some more time to produce a more well-crafted shoot with him.

    Red Bull reached out to me the other day, said they were working with him on his new mix tape, and wanted to to shoot some new promo photos with him to promote the new songs.  Of course, I jumped at the opportunity, and here’s a bit of what we shot in my loft space, Studio 403, in Brooklyn.

    Scroll down for a quick BTS video of the shoot, shot by the amazing Eduardo Angel.  Thanks also goes out to Nick Rapaz for lending a hand assisting and being the designated cereal pourer…


    Drew Gurian Photography- BTS Promo Shoot with Cakes Da Killa from Drew Gurian on Vimeo.


    Coachella 2014 Recap

    I was fortunate enough to make it out to Indio, CA this year for my first ever Coachella Festival! Rolling Stone brought me out to cover the Saguaro Desert Weekender (one of the many off-site parties surrounding Coachella), an amazing pool party complete with DJ sets, lots of booze, and special guests each day.  You can see a full gallery of the photos I shot there on RollingStone.com, HERE.

    Essentially, I shot the party during the day, and then ran over to Coachella to shoot the headliners. Here’s some of my favorite highlights from the weekend..

    On-stage with Girl Talk.

    The crowd, shot from the main stage.

    The moment when you realize Paul McCartney is dancing next to you, and taking an iPhone selfie.

    Standing next to Girl Talk on-stage when Busta Rhymes made a guest appearance during his set.

    Met up with the guys from NOLA’s Preservation Hall Jazz Band, backstage during Arcade Fire’s set.

    Candid portrait of Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s own, Little Joe Lassiter.

    Backstage portrait during Pharell’s set with Skrillex.

    Sleigh Bells’ own, Alexis Krauss during the last song of their set.

    Lana Del Rey.

    Pharrell Williams.