Chris Besaw: I am IT professional by trade but a photographer, artist and intense music fan at heart. I have been involved in the music scene for as long as I can remember and some of the first concerts I went to were such notables as Metallica, Ozzy and Loverboy. By the time I was in high school, I was designing concert posters for local musicians, playing bass in a few garage bands and started taking photos of bands as a fan. I continued to design rock art posters throughout college and his early 20’s for bands such as The Misfits, Dropkick Murphys, Down, and Slipknot. Since then I have been focusing ( no pun intended) on live music photography, band interviews and occasionally booking and promoting concerts in Syracuse.
Recently I brought my wife Kelly into the NYSMusic fold, utilizing her experience as a grant writer and English major. Working as a team, I conduct the interviews and photograph the artists, while Kelly reviews shows, bringing her passion for writing, whether technical or creative, to balance out their team, the “Syracuse Music Collective.”