Chris Besaw is an IT professional by trade but a photographer, artist and intense music fan at heart. He has been involved in the music scene for as long as he can remember and went to his first concert at the age of five, seeing Loverboy, of “Everybody’s Working for the Weekend” fame. By the time Chris was in high school, he was designing concert posters for local musicians and played bass in a few garage bands. Chris continued to design rock art posters throughout college and his early 20’s for bands such as The Misfits, Dropkick Murphys, Down, and Slipknot. Chris has worked in recent years to bring bands such as A Pale Horse Named Death, Earth Crisis, Thy Will Be Done, Shai Hulud, Bryan McPherson and other musicians to Syracuse.
Chris brought his wife Kelly into the NYSMusic fold, utilizing her experience as a grant writer and English major. Working as a team, Chris conducts interviews and photographs artists, while Kelly reviews shows, bringing her passion for writing, whether technical or creative, to balance out their team, the “Syracuse Skull Collective.” Chris and Kelly have worked with Tom Around the World and Neon Gods in addition to working at NYSMusic.
As a team, Chris and Kelly have photographed and reviewed Primus, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, Judas Priest, The Melvins, GWAR, Black Dahlia Murder, Lacuna Coil, Hank III, Jello Biafra, Mobile Deathcamp, The Butcher Babies and Shai Hulud. They have also covered several festivals, including Mayhem Fest 2014, Krock-a-Thon 2015, and FarmAid.