Name: Maureen Benedict
Location: Los Angeles, CA by way of Rochester, NY
Tell everyone a little bit about yourself! I was born and raised in Rochester,
New York with a love and passion for photography and music. I started the site
in 2001 and traveled all up and down the east coast and up into Canada shooting
and interviewing bands before moving to Los Angeles, California in 2009. I
became very interested in rock and punk at a very young age. Bands I grew up
listening to were Placebo, Silverchair, The Cranberries, No Doubt and Garbage to
name a few before discovering bands like Rancid, MxPx and NoFX after my
cousins would make me mix tapes of bands they loved.
How long have you been with BurningStars.net: I started the site on June 22,
2001 after seeing Good Charlotte & MxPx perform at Runwayz in Buffalo, NY.
What do you do for BurningStars.net: I do all the businessy type stuff as well as
shoot and interview bands and write reviews.
What got you into Photography? I needed some extra credits at school and they
offered beginner and advanced photography classes. My mom let me borrow her
Canon AE1 and developed a love for photography. In the classes we learned how
to develop black & white film and prints. Not long after this I began shooting
bands and this has now become my passion.
What do you like doing the most; photographing bands, interviewing bands or
writing about the shows? Definitely 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? There's been a few over the
1. In 2000 I won tickets to see Kittie and have lunch with them. I got to skip
school that day and have lunch at Jack Astors with a friend and a few other
contest winners. My parents hung out with their parents while we ate. Later
that night I got to stand side stage with my two friends during Kittie's set and
hung out backstage with them.
2. I took my mom to the New York State Fair in 2006 to see Joan Jett & The
Blackhearts while she was battling cancer. We both got to meet drummer
Thommy Price, who gave us his solo album and got to stand side stage during
the band's performance.
3. April 2007 I flew out to New York City to see Placebo perform at the Roseland
Ballroom during the Meds tour. About a week prior to this I had spoken to now
ex-drummer Steve Hewitt on the phone. Placebo put on one of the best live
shows I'd ever seen. Later after the show I hung out back with Steve, bassist
Stefan and other fans. Frontman Brian came out, smiled and thanked us all for
coming to the show before heading to the hotel. He wasn't feeling well but still
gave 110% during their set. 7 years later I got to shoot them at Club Nokia in
4. Later that year I was offered the chance to interview drummer Ben Gillies via
phone and go out to Cleveland to shoot his band Silverchair. I had never seen
them live before and had grown up listening to them so I jumped at the chance to
do this. I took an 8 hour bus ride out to Cleveland alone and it ended up being a
great experience. I met Ben and bassist Chris Joannou after the show and they
were very down to earth.
Favourite Bands: Ah there are so many but here are a few of my favourites.
Placebo, Silverchair, Simple Plan, The Ataris, Killing Heidi, Scott & Rivers, One
Ok Rock, Letter Kills, AFI, The Rocket Summer, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Iggy
Pop, Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones, No Doubt, Garbage, Joan Jett & The
Blackhearts, The Runaways, etc. I also love all the bands that were signed to
E-Mail: Maureen [at] burningstars [dot] net