Favorite Music Photography of 2015

Photos of Skrillex performing live during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)As we ring in another new year, I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favorite images from 2015. From backstage portraits at Sonar in Iceland, to the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 Festival, and a couple assignments for Rolling Stone, it was a great year. Here are just a few of my favorite live music photos of 2015!

 

 

Portrait of Skrillex taken backstage during Sónar Music Festival in Reykjavík, Iceland on February 14, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Portrait of Kindness taken backstage during Sónar Music Festival in Reykjavík, Iceland on February 14, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Little Mix performing live for Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 22, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Jason Derulo performing live for Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 22, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Lil Wayne performing live for Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 22, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Betty Who performing live for Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 22, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Axwell & Ingrosso performing live for Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 22, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Axwell & Ingrosso performing live for Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 22, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Fetty Wap performing live during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Fetty Wap performing live during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Misterwives performing live during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Kygo performing live during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of crowd atmosphere during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of crowd atmosphere during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Nicki Minaj performing live during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of crowd atmosphere during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Justin Bieber and Skrillex performing live during the Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY. August 23, 2015. Copyright © 2015. Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Stromae performing live at Madison Square Garden, NYC. October 1, 2015. Copyright © Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Janelle Monae performing live at Madison Square Garden, NYC. October 1, 2015. Copyright © Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Janelle Monae performing live at Madison Square Garden, NYC. October 1, 2015. Copyright © Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Jidenna performing live at Madison Square Garden, NYC. October 1, 2015. Copyright © Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Grace Potter performing live at Radio City Music Hall, NYC. October 3, 2015. Copyright © Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Portraits of Halsey during an exclusive iHeartRadio Q&A hosted by Z100's Maxwell at the iHeartRadio Theater, NYC. October 25, 2015. Copyright © Matthew Eisman. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Dead & Company featuring Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir with John Mayer performing live at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 31, 2015. © Matthew Eisman/ Rolling Stone. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of The Weeknd performing live for "The Madness Fall Tour" at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on November 11, 2015. © Matthew Eisman/ Getty Images. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Bono of U2 attending the "It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done" World AIDS Day event at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on December 1, 2015. © Matthew Eisman/ Rolling Stone. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Jessie J performing live for the "It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done" World AIDS Day event at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on December 1, 2015. © Matthew Eisman/ Rolling Stone. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Bono and The Edge of U2 performing live for the "It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done" World AIDS Day event at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on December 1, 2015. © Matthew Eisman/ Rolling Stone. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman/Photo by Matthew Eisman)Photos of Zedd performing live at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2015, hosted by Z100 New York at Madison Square Garden, NYC on December 11, 2015. © Matthew Eisman/ iHeartRadio. All Rights Reserved (Matthew Eisman for iHeartRadio/Photo by Matthew Eisman)

Photographer’s Notes

2015 was a year of big personal and professional changes for me. My wife and I moved back to New York from Reykjavík, Iceland after she got accepted into graduate school. I was working closely in the music scene there for almost two years, and shared some unforgettable experiences with friends and family. Too much to list here but Iceland will always be a very special place to me and I’m sure that I’ll continue working with local musicians in the future. Living abroad gave me some much needed time and space to think critically about what I want to do and to continue to hone my craft. I feel a renewed sense of purpose and excitement in photography, and I want to make the most of the opportunities in NYC.

Admittedly, I was a little worried how it’d be getting back into the swing of things here but it’s been better than expected so far (knock on wood). I’ve been very fortunate to not only hook back up with former clients, but also connect with a bunch of new clients. My transition back to the States definitely wouldn’t have been possible without everyone that I worked with in the past year and I’m sincerely grateful. Thank you all!

I look forward to more big things in the coming year. I’m going to try to share more posts here again so I hope you’ll continue to visit. Happy new year to all the music fans and photographers out there!

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