Hanging out with 35 PSI / Music / by Jordan Hefler

Networking is no joke. It's the way of the world. I am constantly surprised with how the universe works. Let's see if you can follow me with this:

Flashback to about a month ago, when I put out some feelers about collaborating with bands. My friend Katy contacted her friend Laura, who contacted her friend Evan and gave him my number. Evan happened to go to high school with Katy and Laura, and just about everybody else I know (including all of my boyfriend's roommates.) Evan called me and said he represented a band in New Orleans called 35 PSI and that they would be interested in being photographed. The drummer of 35 PSI, Clayton, happened to be the drummer in my boyfriend Christian's old band 123, I AM KING (which broke up before we met.) Evan and I stayed in contact and decided that I would come to a band practice in New Orleans to meet the guys and photograph them hanging out. (Side note- when I photographed Palmyra a few weeks ago, Evan was there too because he happened to know the drummer of THAT band as well.) MIND BLOWN.

So flash forward to last Saturday, when Christian and I went to go check out the studio 35 PSI practices in. They have this awesome storage unit in a warehouse in New Orleans that's like something out of a movie. Clayton and Brent (the other two band members) couldn't make it while I was there, so I just brought my camera and snapped some shots while Evan and Christian jammed with 2 of the actual band mates, Chris and Colin. For "not playing anything" and being their manager, Evan was pretty great at drums and of course Christian had a blast playing around since he misses being in a band so much. Their friend Adam was there too with his professional stage lighting setup and fog machine, which made photographing them feel like an epic arena concert. Y'all know I'm obsessed with lighting and silhouettes, so I had a field day.

I'm going to be photographing them for real at a performance on Saturday (more about that below.) So now that I've rambled on about my life story and amusement of how small of a world it is, check out these shots below of the 35 PSI "makeshift" band from the day! You can also read more about 35 PSI at the bottom.

Their awesome setup

Their awesome setup

Evan, who I have now dubbed "Band Dad"

Evan, who I have now dubbed "Band Dad"

Christian always finds a way to be my muse

Christian always finds a way to be my muse

Evan slaying the drums

Evan slaying the drums

Adam perfecting the lighting setupย 

Adam perfecting the lighting setup 

Chris shredding

Chris shredding

Colin on bass

Colin on bass

Chris is pretty great on drums too!

Chris is pretty great on drums too!

....and so is Christian

....and so is Christian


MORE ABOUT 35 PSI

35 PSI describes themselves as a "dust" band. When I asked about what this meant, Chris explained to me that back in the day, there was analog Rock and Roll music. As time has progressed, Rock and Roll music has gotten further and further away from that sound, eventually becoming what he describes as pieces of dust today. They are the dust that remains of original Rock and Roll sound.

In my opinion (and based off of the posters of inspiration in their studio) I hear hints of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Led Zeppelin in their sound. But I'm no music expert. All I know is that it's FUNKY and I LIKE IT!

I can't wait to photograph one of their actual performances! 

They will be playing with Megafauna and The Noise Complaints at Siberia in New Orleans THIS SATURDAY, March 7th at 9PM.

If you're in the area, you should definitely come out! Cover is only $7!

Listen to some of their music here.

Don't forget to connect with 35 PSI on social media as well:

35 PSI on Facebook

35 PSI on Twitter

35 PSI on Instagram

If you are interested in hiring me for music photography, please contact me here.