With six Grammy nominations, two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year, plus a few Glee renditions the pop trio called Fun. has already hit nearly every major benchmark that a band could hope for. But for so many artists, their dreams of playing Radio City Music Hall in New York is on par with all of the other prestigious awards and honors. On February 2nd, that dream became a reality for Fun., too.
All of the magic of the show was documented by photographer Daniel Silbert, whose work we could describe as a younger, more dynamic version of what you'd see in the Morrison Gallery. "Radio City is such an iconic venue. Even people that sell out arenas love to play beautiful theaters. In New York it's Radio City. I really wanted to document the night for them to remember. They'll do much bigger shows, but there's a prestigious feeling that comes with your first time playing at Radio City," says Silbert. Silbert is actually a photographer slash musician himself--he's the guitarist in the band Steel Train (Fun.'s Jack Antonoff is also a member), so naturally he started photographing the other bands that he toured with like Tegan & Sara, OAR, Holly Miranda, and Fun.
Silbert had the opportunity to study his subjects so carefully that it would be wrong to say that his brilliant shots of the band in action are in any way accidental. Plus, he had the advantage of shooting from backstage, so as not to get the same shot as the photographers who shoot from the front of the house. Silbert told us, "I know every lyric of the song and every move that they make. So knowing what they're going to do for the most part helps me get an edge on what's going to happen, what they're going to do before it happens. I know when they're going to want the crowd to sing and when the lights will go on in the house. I know when Jack is going to go to the drums. Nate does this one thing with his hands that makes for a good shot. If I'm lucky with the light--then it works out."
Out of the 2000 photos that he took on February 2nd, the gallery below represents Silbert's favorites--and ours too.