Hanging Out with Bobby Sessions (and Presenting at an Awards Show)

They had my face huge on the screen. "Once the drag queen comes out of the cake, you're up." I nodded to my editor and a fellow Dallas Observer writer and I walked onstage, envelops in hand. The Canton Theater was full of local artists and Dallas music enthusiasts. All eyes were on me as I…

My First Time as an Official Concert Photographer

I had never been so nervous to go to a concert. Last week, when I covered the Troye Sivan show, I was very confused about this whole concert photography thing. How does it even work? My first attempt at this was during the Haim concert. The Southside Ballroom staff was super nice and gave me…

Interviews with Kevin from Pentatonix and Kristian from Sugarland

So, quick life update for context: I’m working an internship at a summer camp is Philadelphia. Basically I’m helping to lead a leadership training program. But while living at a camp and working full time, for some reason I thought, sure. I can keep working Observer articles. So that’s what I’ve been doing. I recently…

Getting Paid to Go to a 5 SOS Concert (an update on my latest writing adventures)

My Dallas Observer editor gave me two free tickets to go see 5 Seconds of Summer at the House of Blues Thursday. Isn't that crazy? And I'm getting paid for this, too! After a lot of going back and forth with publicists and managers, my editor was able to score tickets and let me know…

Troy and His Series of Unfortunate Events

  You see that beautiful piece of zebrawood I'm holding? That gorgeously crafted piece of art? That is my electric-acoustic Ibanez, commonly known as Troy. (Side note: My first guitar was a classical named Gabriella, so maybe you can connect the theme here. I unfortunately can't plug her in or put a strap on her,…

÷ | Ed Sheeran’s New Album: Thoughts and Fun Facts Part 1

Ed Sheeran took a year off. He got rid of social media, communicating solely through email, and traveled the world with his girlfriend. He came back, finished up ÷, and has recently released it. The following is a breakdown of each song, pulled from an interview (which will be in a link in Part 2),…