Welcome to Old Style Music Nights! This is a joint effort by my wife (Inny) and me (Tom). We live in Diest, a small city in Belgium. A little something about the two of us.
I’ve always been a music lover, but suck at playing an instrument. I have a washboard, a voice and a kazoo and I think if I can write a song I would be the worst one man band in the world. So as a lover of music, I started organising shows in 1996 because the bands I liked where not playing where I lived. I still do this under the name Old Style Music Nights. I book what I like, put punk bands on the same night with bluegrass bands, a garage band opening for a folk act, I just don’t really care. If I like it and there is no ego in the band, and I can afford it, I’ll do it.
My wife, Inny, is the one responsible for the amazing pictures you see here on this page. I can honestly say she makes me a better person. She is a rock, a rock, that from time to time I hit my head against, but always come back to. She is the clumsiest person I know. And I’m sure that when she leaves this world before me their will be a Darwin Award in our house. Aside from being a great and clumsy girl she is also a great photographer. She is one of the official Muddy Roots photographers and together with our good friend Sophie she has her own company, Inso Photography. If you ever need two kick ass girls to come and take pictures at an event, wedding, concert, funeral… Whatever, you know where to be. I don’t know if they do porn, they sure as hell don’t tell me!
Because most of the time you’re going to hear Tom’s voice over here – and I’ll be ‘backstage’ uploading pics and editing this blog – I thought I should take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and my photography. The following is what I wrote on my website a while ago.
“I’ve always loved photography because it’s a great way of not letting your memories fade away. That’s why a couple of years ago, I decided to buy my first DSLR. I just wasn’t happy anymore about the way my memories looked once captured in pixels. A DSLR would magically turn my snapshots into masterpieces of art. At least I thought it would…
When reality proved to me that it isn’t quite the camera that makes the picture but the person behind it, I decided to enroll for some photography classes. As I struggled with DOF, aperture and shutter speed, my love for photography only grew stronger. The years went by and what first started as an interesting new hobby, quickly became a true passion and a part-time profession. I finally was able to do what I wanted to do while photographing: showing people the way I see and experience the world.”
That last sentence exactly describes why Tom and I decided to start with this blog. To us, music means more than a set of notes being played in a pleasant order. It’s an experience. And through his voice and my eyes we would like you to take part in that experience. Enjoy!