Name: Maureen Benedict
Location: Los Angeles, CA by way of Rochester, NY

Tell everyone a little bit about yourself! I'm from upstate New York and have
traveled around shooting bands for years before moving out to Los Angeles in
2009.  The music scene is pretty much non-existant back where I'm from but it
was pretty good back in the day.  I grew up with rabbits and currently have a
rescue named Lars and he's turning 5 this year.  I became very interested in rock
and punk music when I first heard "Tomorrow" by Silverchair in 1994 and soon
started discovering more bands like Rancid, Operation Ivy, MxPx, No Doubt, etc
when my cousins made me tapes of cds they had.  Later I got more into the punk
and attending as many shows as possible.

How long have you been with BurningStars.net: Since it started on June 22,
2001.

What do you do for BurningStars.net: Shoot and interview bands, album and
show reviews and do all the businessy stuff.

What got you into Photography?  I needed more credits in school and started
taking photography and ceramics.  I took photography fr 2 years using my
mom's Canon AE1 camera and learned how to do black and white film.  I was
very into music and wanted to shoot bands.  I started with disposables and used
crappy point and shoots and 35mm's and polaroids.  Got my first nice camera in
2007, a Canon Rebel XT.

What do you like doing the most; photographing bands, interviewing bands or
writing about the shows?
Shooting

What type of camera do you use? Canon 7D and Canon Rebel T3i

What Program do you use to edit your photos?  PhotoStudio 5 and PhotoShop 12

What is your most favourite concert experience? probably when I went out to
Cleveland in 2007 to shoot Silverchair and review their live show.  I've wanted to
see them since 1994 but they never played close enough.  But when I got offered
the chance to shoot and review their show I couldn't pass that up.  And another
would be when I took my mom to the New York State Fair in 2006 and she got to
be side stage for Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.  Also this past October I got to
shoot my all time favourite band Placebo at Club Nokia in downtown Los
Angeles.

Favourite Bands: Placebo, Silverchair, Simple Plan, Tonight Alive, Social
Distortion, Rancid, The Distillers, The Transplants, Operation Ivy, Spinnerette,
Tim Armstrong, Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards, Bleed The Dream, My
American Heart, Fatally Yours, Dustin Hook, Metro Station, Letter Kills,
The Wedding, The Ataris, All American Rejects, The Academy Is..., William
Beckett, William Tell, Something Corporate, The Starting Line, Finch, Jack's
Mannequin, Anti-Flag, The Casualties, Allister, Scott & Rivers, Scott Murphy,
Killing Heidi, The Verses, Ella Hooper, The Used, Suburban Legends, Kill
Hannah, The Rocket Summer, No Doubt, Garbage, Sum 41, Avril Lavigne, Evan
Taubenfeld, Alice Cooper, Sugarcult, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Clash,  
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Runaways, Damone, AFI, Hey Monday,
Cassadee Pope, Diffuser, The Never Enders, Action Action, Reverend Crow....and
many many more.

E-Mail: Maureen [at] burningstars [dot] net
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