QUARANTINED: Paul Citone
In this week’s Quarantined interview, we talk with professional photographer Paul Citone about his concert photography career, staying busy during the COVID-19 pandemic and much more! Read about Citone’s amazing journey below:
How are things going since the impact of the COVID-19 Virus?
Its week to week really (i think for all of us). Some people are better off than others (situation) and some have saved more money than others. No one expected this situation, but we will have a lot of lessons to learn out of it for sure.
How was tour with moe. on their 30th anniversary?
The first tour (its more of the 30th year tour) started off great, spirits high, everyone was excited. The beginning of the year started with Jam Cruise. moe.’s main stage show was cancelled due to weather (along with other bands), we thought it was done for the night. What ended up happening is band, crew and production put the wheels in motion to give us an amazing show, and it happened in the atrium of the ship.When moe. played west coast, it is a different crowd demographic and its great to see all the west coast .rons really pumped from start to finish. There were a lot of other great things planned and I hope they will all come to fruition.
Any favorite moe.ments while working with the band?
Getting to go on tours when i can are always the best moe.ements. The hours before the show (say between 12 pm and showtime) are when the best moments to capture are. Another highlight was the first show back when Rob beat cancer. The crowd was going insane. I was next to Rob’s wife Becca and Daughter Emma when he took the stage. The tears of joy in their eyes looking up at the stage is something I wont forget. It’s moments like these that keep us coming back. A few fun moments from the recent tour? Here are a few: Being involved in Rob’s new podcast called After show with moe. which is on itunes, doing Yoga before the show with Al, Shooting Vinnie’s cooking segments, getting a salty laugh with Chuck or talking knives and Metallica with Jim. All of the band are great dudes. Ones you want to have a beer with .
What things have you been doing to keep yourself busy?
A lot of organizing photo and data. Also, looking for other ways to make more income. I should have a store up and running soon on my website. Keeping in contact with people has been very important. The zoom party has become the social norm. I am trying to keep a routine as much as possible. I find myself looking forward to the zoom party happy hours with different groups of people (the moe. crew and band have one going) amongst others. If you are feeling lonely, I guarantee there are people you know on a zoom party. Reach out. Its weird and annoying at first but it’s really what keeps us connected.
How did you get introduced to the Jam Scene?
My salty friends Heath Clayton (who is a scene taper @Hclayton) and Rayner Snead dragged me to my first shows about 15 years ago
What are some of your career milestones that you are most proud of?
Just being able to make income off of something I love to do is the best feeling.
How has COVID-19’s impact on the live music/entertainment industry effected you?
Like a lot, a loss of income.
Do you have any advice for photographers struggling?
Find another way to make money until this COVID-19 situation is over. It’s looking to be a long road. But, when it returns there is going to be a lot of opportunities that would not of been there before. The key is figuring out what they are when the time is right
Is there any bucket list concerts that you would want to photograph? We know you’ve shot a lot!
The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan
What was coming up for you in the coming months prior to the impact of COVID-19?
Many shows and festivals. Too many to list. I do believe once we get through this COVID-19 situation it will be bigger and better than ever.
You are originally from the northeast, how would you compare it to living out in Vegas?
I am from the Albany area (Niskyuna specifically). It’s a whole different world. Sometimes you have to move out of a smaller town to get the opportunities. Luckily, I am able to travel there frequently to work and see family and friends.
What things do you miss the most with having to social distance?
That’s an easy one. Shooting live music.
What music has been getting you through these stressful times?
It’s all over the map. I have been trying to explore my favorite artists and friends recommendations (whether from 50 years ago or just released). I have my Spotify app open and the last 5 albums (i’m definitely an album guy) I have played were:
Philly Joe Jones (philly joe’s beat), John Prine (debut album), Andy Frasco & The UN (Change of Pace), The Black Crowes (Lions) and Cory Wong (the Optimist)
When going out and about, what precautions are you taking with social distancing?
Staying home as much as possible
How can fans support Paul Citone during these hard times.
Support the musicians and crew as much as possible. Purchase band merch, Support the crew relief funds out there as much as possible. If you have any extra to donate the Sweet Relief Musicans fund is a great one: https://www.sweetrelief.org/covid-19-fund.html
Also, check out Jake Wisdoms work (he also shoots for moe). instagram handle – @jakewisdom
Also, once this covid situation is over, spend tons of money on tickets and start with the smaller bands not the biggest names. They will need the most help getting back up and running!