The Rocks Off 100: Instagram Man Daniel Jackson
Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too.
Daniel Jackson's concert photography on Instagram (at @listenyoungman) first caught my eye about a year or so ago, and became almost a daily part of my social-media life when I got the photo app myself earlier this year.
Photos by Daniel Jackson Grandfather Child
You can always spy Mr. Jackson snapping pictures with his phone while lurking in the pit at Fitz or Walters. Rocks Off has always championed concert photography, but mostly of the professional kind that our own stable of photogs divvies out. No doubt you have heard of our "Shot In The Dark" photo exhibits.
But Jackson's concert shots aren't the usual drunk-girl jive, or those awful out-of-focus jobs you see while all your friends are at a huge arena gig. He takes a little more care with his hobby, even if his seats aren't so great. His pictures take you inside the eye and mind of a true music fan.
"I was born in Spring Branch, grew up in Crosby and now I call I Katy home," says Jackson. So I guess that makes me a lifelong Houston suburbanite. I have a very supportive wife and two little girls who love to go with me to Ifest, Miller Outdoor Theater and Discovery Green to see shows."
"I am a late-bloomer when it comes to secular music," he adds. "With the exception of oldies stations and Dad's country albums, I was not allowed to listen to secular music for the better part of my childhood and really until I left my parent's house at age 20."
From tinkering on his first guitar, Jackson was addicted to music, scouring his family home for bits of knowledge.
"I was hooked, I was in love, and I was smitten by music," he says.
Jackson posted his first concert photo to Instagram, a pic from a Centro-Matic gig at Fitzgerald's, late last year. Today he has uploaded more then 800 photos and recently set up a Tumblr account that compiles the concert shots in an easy-to-see format.
"People from all over ask me about emerging local talent like Tyagaraja or The Tontons," he says.
Home Base: Most of Jackson's shots come from Fitzgerald's, but he will go wherever the bands go. "Cactus Music and Discovery Green in the fall are probably the coolest places in Houston to check out music," Jackson adds.
Why He Stays In Houston: "I feel very fortunate to call Houston my lifelong home," he says. "Everything I love is here and more. We have a great thing going on in the local music scene right now."
Good War Story: "At Fun Fun Fun Fest a couple years back, I was standing on the edge of the pit watching The Bronx," opens Jackson. "It didn't take me long to recognize that I was standing next to a guy in a motorized wheelchair. He was a pretty small guy, dressed in black and looked to have been in the chair for most of his life.
"As the Bronx kicked into gear, some guy bolted out of the pit directly toward my neighbor," he continues. "He ran up to him, screamed in his face and ran back into the pit. Well, apparently the guy on the edge of the pit wasn't gonna take that and put his wheelchair into full-on Berserker mode.
He was doing donuts in the middle of the swarm and clearing people out left and right," finishes Jackson. "It didn't take long before he essentially cleared the pit. When the song ended, he put the wheelchair in park and the guy that screamed in his face -- now apparently his friend -- came up and high-fived him."