Independent Music Award – Press Release

Asheville Photographer Wins Independent Music Award for Concert Photography

Asheville, NC – Asheville freelance photographer, David Simchock, has taken a top prize in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA).  Simchock’s colorful and captivating image of New Orleans emerging superstar, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was nominated for the award earlier in the year, along with photos from three other photographers.  A panel of industry judges recently announced the IMA winners in a diverse range of categories, with Simchock’s capture coming out on top in the Artist Concert Photography group.

Says Simchock, “I am very pleased and proud to have my concert work recognized by the IMA judges.  I’ve photographed a ton of concerts and festivals in the past few years, and I am always pushing myself to take things to a higher level.  This award will certainly be a contant reminder for me to be at the top of my game in the ‘pit’ or on festival grounds, and to produce top-quality, unique imagery for the publications, organizations and artists that are hiring me and using my photographs.”

The award-winning shot was captured at the 2011 Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival in Elmer, New Jersey, not far from Simchock’s roots in Central New Jersey.  This was not the first time, nor the last time, that he had the chance to photograph “Shorty” in concert. “The first time I saw Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform was at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest.  Though they weren’t performing on the stages that I was covering (for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archives), there was a buzz about the festival grounds that this was a ‘must see’ local band, so I broke away from my designated stages to see what was in store from the local heroes.  I was blown away!  Since then, TS&OA’s stature has sky-rocketed around the world, but I’ve been able to cover them quite a few times, including the Appel Farm gig in New Jersey, with the most recent performance being at the annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in my new home town of Asheville, North Carolina.”

With just a quick glance at the image, not only is the balanced, colorful composition and necessary photographic technical expertise obvious, but one can literally feel the soulful energy of a Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue concert.  Continues Simchock, “Though I have been fortunate to photograph hundreds of artists over the years, I’d be hard-pressed to name one that is more exciting to shoot than Trombone Shorty and his band.  There is never a dull moment, with each show serving up an abundance of dynamic surprises from every corner of the stage.  They are a concert photographer’s dream!”

Though the formal IMA judging is now complete, there is still a chance for the public to weigh in on things as part of the Vox Pop voting.  Music (and photography) enthusiasts can go on line on the IMA website to cast their vote.  Time will tell if Simchock picks up another award based on public opinion.  And, of course, we’ll wait and see what he has in store for next year’s IMA submission.

Vox Pop voting, and more information about the IMA nominees, can be found HERE.

About the Independent Music Awards:  For more than a decade artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music Awards.  The 12th IMA Judging panel featured exceptional recording artists, as well as record label executives, club and festival talent buyers, music journalists, film and TV music supervisors.

Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry contact database The Musician’s Atlas, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion and distribution to connect Winners and Nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.

The program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on six continents.

Program details available at

About David J. Simchock: A native of New Jersey, David has lived and traveled overseas for many years and, since returning to the States in 2002, quickly established himself as a reputable freelance photographer and artist.  His images have been published in major publications around the world, and he has exhibited his work in numerous galleries and venues from New York City to Asheville. David’s efforts have been awarded many prestigious accolades, while his life story and career have been covered in several publications and TV features.

David is a regular contributor to the music publication Elmore Magazine, and is also a staff photographer for the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) based in Black Mountain, NC.  His music imagery is also used by several bands and artists for their websites and publicity materials.

David is also an educator, speaker and writer (and aspiring rock star). He enjoys being a stranger in a strange land and taking on new artistic challenges, whether abroad or nearer to his own back yard. He strives to bring a fresh approach to his craft, successfully capturing the mood of the moment, as well as, perhaps, an entire journey.


David Simchock Photography:

  Address:  375 Depot Street, Suite 101, Asheville, NC 28801    Phone:  (828) 216 – 6457

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Independent Music Award - Trombone Shorty


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