Major Lazer @ 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, DC - October 26th, 2012 - Major Lazer hype-man MC Walshy Fire holds up a fan's handmade sign during the group's performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.  The group, led by superstar DJ Diplo, plans on releasing their sophomore album in February 2013. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

I took this assignment because I had so much fun shooting Major Lazer a few years back at the Pitchfork Festival but I immediately questioned my decision when I was informed the show wouldn’t start until 10 and Major Lazer wouldn’t be onstage until 11:30. But everything worked out and this turned out to be one of my favorite assignments of the year.

WASHINGTON, DC - October 26th, 2012 - Major Lazer hype-man MC Walshy Fire (left) performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.  The group, led by superstar DJ Diplo, plans on releasing their sophomore album in February 2013.(Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

My immediate thought s after this show was
1) I REALLY need to invest in an ultra wide lens. Sometimes 24mm isn’t wide enough (as was the case for this gig)
2) it really frustrates me when a show this bananas has crappy lighting and I can’t capture half the things I see

 WASHINGTON, DC - October 26th, 2012 - Major Lazer hype-man MC Walshy Fire (left) performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.  The group, led by superstar DJ Diplo, plans on releasing their sophomore album in February 2013.(Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

We got 15 minutes int he photo pit but I went upstairs before I left to get some crowd shots and I’m glad I did. As soon as I got up there, Diplo broke out the plastic bubble.

WASHINGTON, DC - October 26th, 2012 - Major Lazer DJ and group leader Diplo leaves his station behind the turntables to venture out into the crowd inside a plastic bubble during the group's performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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Major Lazer @ 9:30 Club – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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