Deviant of the Day

In my mind, artists are the true foundation of our society. Deviant of the Day is a blog about these people. Creatives hold the key to unlock everything exciting and wondrous about this world. Painters, photographers, chefs, sculptors, musicians, tattoo artists, engineers, designers, etc…you all blow my mind. Let’s stick to our guns and never give up.

Deviant of the Day #39 - Jeff 'Rhino' Neumann

Jeff, or Rhino (as many people call him), Neumann has dedicated much of his life to his love for music.  Whether playing in a band, working for a band, or building custom drum sets for other musicians, he has managed to find a way to keep himself extremely submerged within his passions.  

My first memory of Rhino falls sometime within 1994-1995 at The Abyss, a punk/grunge/metal club that used to exist on Washington Ave. within the vicinity of downtown Houston.  In those days, for my friends and I, it was either "how in the hell do we get to Fitzgerald's to see 30FootFall?" or "how in the hell do we get to the Abyss to see Latch Key Kids?"  Rhino was onstage as the guitar player for Latch Key Kids, an H-Town punk gem in our eyes.  Well, later that year, we also found him working at the Bagel Express in our innocent little suburb town outside of Houston.  As you can imagine, our bagel connection became supreme.  We took hundreds…of old & stale bagels out of the back door dumpster...which we then used to fulfill some dumbass act of vandalism.  Anyway, those days are long gone, but over the last 15 years I have seen Rhino sporadically, working hard on stage, as I would cross paths with his gigs during my days of shooting live music.  I decided to get in touch and recently met up with him at Playstation Theater in NYC while he was rolling through with the Descendents as their tour manager.  I asked him how he got himself wrapped up in this whole tour manager thing. 

"I got a call from Damon from Fenix TX in 1998 to go out on tour, it wasn't for anything in particular. I just started doing work because they weren't doing anything. They were out on tour with Blink 182, Unwritten Law and Assorted Jellybeans. When we were in Las Vegas at the Joint. Mark Hoppus from Blink 182, who at the time was Fenix Tx's manager, called me in to the dressing room and handed me a bunch of contracts and said 'you're the new tour manager.'  That was 18yrs ago. I still have the pass from that day November 28th 1998."

Since, he has worked with tons of bands...Sparta, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and now as I've already mentioned, Descendents. 

Rhino is also the co-founder of Custom Drum Concepts (a Houston based custom drum company) and the backline manager of Soundcheck Houston, who provide musical instrumentation to touring acts that go through Houston.  They also do the backline for Lollapalooza, ACL, SXSW and other festivals.  Rhino is definitely a busy, busy man...but as he says, "Work hard, do the best you can and don't let anyone hold you back."  I happen to agree. 

Favorite quote:  "The show must go on. There are no sick days on tour."

Hometown: H-Town (Houston, TX)
Instagram: @descendentscrew 
Facebook: Custom Drum Concepts; Sound Check Houston

Playstation Theater, NYC - Descendents

Deviant of the Day #35 - Diana Lovrin

Straight out of Queens, NY...Diana Lovrin (pronounced LOWvrin) is one highly talented and eccentric individual.  Although born and raised in Flushing, NY...she spent 10 years of her life, off and on, in Zagreb, Croatia, where she focused on her career in music, theater and television.  Currently, Diana pursues happiness back in NYC and has found her own balance as a musician, actor, yoga teacher & retreat coordinator, and bartender.

Yoga Retreats: Yes, not only does she teach yoga throughout NYC, she also leads yoga retreats in both Croatia and India. You can check her website below for dates and details.

The Musician: Diana is a vocalist for gypsy punk band Bad Buka and also works on her own solo project with other various musicians which she describes as "stylistically soulful, blues, R&B and rock."  Follow Diana on her Facebook page (listed below) for updates on both of these projects.  You can also check out her solo work at the SoundCloud link below.

The Actress:  Diana will begin rehearsals on "To The Rising Sun", a show in the works that is created by Tony nominated artist, Tsidii Le Loka, for her work on Broadway in The Lion King.  Stay tuned for more details at Diana's Facebook page.

And believe it or not, you can also find Diana in the summer months on the rooftop of The Standard Hotel bartending at Le Bain.  Damn, that's a hefty load of ambition!  Pics below!

"I party hard, practice hard, and love hard! "

-Diana Lovrin

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Deviant of the Day #31 - Markus Shaffer

I was looking up the proper name for a person that builds guitars.  Guitar maker and luthier are the two terms that I came up with. A luthier builds stringed instruments, however, Markus Shaffer strictly builds badass custom guitars, so guitar maker it is. Check out Markus' craftsmanship at Old Scratch Fabrications. Most of his recent clientele springs from the depths of the local metal scene out here in Brooklyn. He is currently building another guitar for Hull, which means that once he is done, the entire band will be rockin' Old Scratch guitars. Markus also plays bass in the 3-piece metal band Iron Tides. You can catch both Iron Tides and Hull live at The Acheron on July 13th.

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Dumbo)

Hometown: Farmington, New Mexico
Facebook: markusshaffer

Deviant of the Day #30 - Autry Fulbright

I met Autry a couple of years ago in Germany at the Rock Im Park festival in Nürnberg. He was there playing with his band, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. It was extremely coincidental that at the time we had actually lived across the street from one another in Brooklyn. Since then, Autry has moved to Austin, TX and has been playing with Midnight Masses and Haunted Houses . Both bands are in the process of writing new tunes so be on the look out for that. As if three bands aren't enough, Autry is working on a film called Now Here Is Nowhere and will soon also be writing for rock music journalist Michael Azerrad. Keep pumping out the great material buddy!

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10023

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Facebook: sameasiteverwas

Deviant of the Day #28 - Justin Cox & Rob Nassif

Ah yes, my new Aussie pals! These guys were checking out Ave. C for their first time when I bumped into them at my favorite German biergarten, Zum Schneider. Justin and Rob are both musicians from Perth. We walked up and down the avenue taking pics and discussing the possibility of jamming together. You never know. Check out more info on the two below. Cheers mates!

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10009

From Left to Right:  Justin, Rob

Justin Cox
Hometown: Perth, Western Australia
Profession: Carpenter
Music: Rock 'm Roll, Vocalist
Facebook: justinanthonycox

Rob Nassif
Hometown: Perth, Western Australia
Profession: Drummer for Gyroscope
Facebook: robnassif

Deviant of the Day #26 - Johnny Gallo

Johnny Gallo from Montauk!! This guy is über eccentric. It is the annual Montauk Music Festival this weekend and you can catch him belting out some tunes for Lawrence Cooley tonight at The Sloppy Tuna. Johnny has experienced a lot. In the late 80's he was found floating on a cooler off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland after surviving the immediate 12 second sinking of a fishing boat that he was aboard. Sounds pretty traumatizing but I'm pretty sure he doesn't remember much of it.

Shoot Location: Montauk NY 11954

Hometown: Montauk, New York

Deviant of the Day #22 - Erica Mancini

Erica is a musician (accordionist and drummer) finishing up her degree at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study within NYU concentrating in "Music, Identity, and Subculture" and is particularly interested in the sociology of deviance. She is also a staff member of Criminal Class Press, a mystery/thriller/crime-fiction publication. You can catch Erica playing drums for a couple of bag pipe Zum Schneider for Polka Brunch on Sunday's, and with Huff This! She's also an accordionist for Let's Get Sushi and Not Pay.

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10009

Hometown: Willowbrook, Illinois
Facebook: emancini

Deviant of the Day #21 - Eli Haber

And we're finally back with a shorter post as I'm in a rush.  Eli plays in a couple of bands, Obamanation and the Stupid Naturals.  The bands are extremely.....quirky, for a lack of a better word. Anyway, Eli delivers Korean BBQ for Seoul Food on 47th St. in Manhattan.

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hometown: Bronx, New York
Facebook: eli.haber
Website: Obamanation

Deviant of the Day #20 - Owen McCarthy

Owen is an extremely talented vocalist, guitar player, and sound engineer. He plays for a rock group known as The Everyothers and has a solo project, Owen McCarthy, which he describes as being "less rock n' roll and more poetic." As a 15 year resident to Williamsburg, Owen shared a glimpse of his 11211 experience with me tonight as he rolled up the cables and closed down the back bar at The Trash Bar (where he controls the sound boards 4 nights a week). While making it clear that he does not judge the newcomers/non-artist types of this community, he did seem to reminisce on the times when only artists and musicians roamed the streets and the rent was definitely not "TOO DAMN HIGH!"

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hometown: North Jersey
Facebook: ozoneblaise
Website: The Everyothers

Deviant of the Day #19 - Omar Rivera

Some of you living in NYC have probably seen that big ass BB SOCIAL CLUB van with the huge green skull & top hat.  Yes, Omar Rivera is our deviant of the day.  Omar makes a living teaching kids how to skate, snowboard and even play music.  You can check out info on BBSC's 2013 Summer Skate Camp here. Omar also plays guitar and drums. He and I have been playing music together off and on for about 6 years now.  It smells like a new project is in the works. SZ baby!!! \m/ \m/

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hometown: Elmira, New York
Facebook: bbsocialclubskateboardinglessons

Deviant of the Day #18 - Stephan Cherkashin

Stephan is a guitar player/bartender/graphic design student from Belarus. I first met him back in 2010 when He was playing for Telltale, a post punk experimental group based in Brooklyn. Check out his new experimental project, [aftersun] on band camp. You can also find Stephan bartending at Satellite Lounge on Havemeyer St. Go in a play some pinball. They've go 6 machines!

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hometown: Minsk, Belarus
Facebook: stcherkashin
[aftersun]: Bandcamp

Deviant of the Day #17 - Jesse Adelson

Jesse thrashes both on the streets and in the rehearsal space. He is a skater and a musician, playing bass and screaming vocals for Prostitution, a semi-technical blackened thrash band with a lot of melody. You can check out their band and pick up their new 7" at their 4/27 show at The Gutter, a vintage bowling alley/bar in Brooklyn. Jesse also teaches music at a NYC public high school.

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211 (BQE)

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Facebook: jesse.adelson
Prostitution: Facebook & Bandcamp

Deviant of the Day #16 - Uli Aven Haley Scheffler

Uli Schpinduli is my new nickname for her...I don't think she likes it, but she has no choice but to accept it. Anyway, Uli comes to us through a mutual friend of ours who recently opened a New York City style bar & restaurant in Hamburg known as The Bird. A lot of musicians seem to flock to this hidden jewel. And yes, Uli is a musician...she plays guitar and has an amazing voice! She also works in fashion, having hosted for the Spirit of Fashion show in Berlin. You can follow Uli at "Uli's Must Have" blog on Go Schpinduli!!!

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11224 (Coney Island)

Hometown:  Hamburg, Germany
Facebook: uliaven

Deviant of the Day #15 - Kevin Wyzzard

Kevin was outside standing on his stoop, smoking a cigarette and minding his own business, when I abruptly approached him and asked if he'd be interested in being a deviant. Kevin is a kick-ass DJ, specializing in 1970's glam rock, while also including some early 70's rock, punk, postpunk and powerpop. You can currently catch him at The Beauty Bar every other Monday night, next being 4/29.

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10009

Hometown:  New York, New York

Deviant of the Day #13 - Benjamin Ickies

Benjamin Ickies is a talented musician and composer who is currently leading an 18-memeber symphonic rock band known as This Ambitious Orchestra. They can be seen performing live at (le) Poisson Rouge on 5/26. Benjamin can also currently be seen running live karaoke music at Yotel's brunch on Saturdays and playing Polka brunch with his accordion at Zum Schneider on Sundays through the month of April. This upcoming Sunday, Benjamin will be doing a new monthly cabaret as well called Je Suis at Circa Tabac.

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10009

Hometown: San Jose, California
Website: This Ambitious Orchestra

Deviant of the Day #8 - Dana Distortion Yavin

I'm sure you're probably wondering what the hell I'm doing promoting another photographer on my page. Answer is...I'm not quite sure. Call me crazy. But, Dana is an old friend of mine and as I was in the hunt for a female deviant, I could think of no one better than a girl who uses "Distortion" as her middle name. Plus, her work is amazing!! We met up at The Levee yesterday for a quick photo session. She'll be DJing at Motor City on the 18th. It'll be her birthday so, if you go, buy her a shot!!!

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Facebook/Photography: danadistortion

Deviant of the Day #6 - Fred Pessaro

Fred does it all when it comes to the world of metal. He's a DJ, a photographer, a writer, a producer...the list goes on and on. I shoot metal shows from time to time for Fred & BrooklynVegan, which ALWAYS requires dodging closed fists and flying feet to protect my gear. I plan on bringing a shark cage to the next gig.

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Co-host, Writer, Producer of Heavy Dicks on Noisey (coming soon). Check out the series trailer for Heavy Dicks here.
Booker/Promoter at Saint VitusAcheronUnion Pool & more.
Editor in Chief @ Invisible Oranges
Senior Writer @ BrooklynVegan
Facebook: fpessaro
Twitter: fredpessaro & invisoranges
Instagram: invisibleoranges



Deviant of the Day #4 - Roger, Chris, Stewart, Dominic

I cannot remember how I met these guys exactly, nor can I remember what they look like. They were running out of a place called Tom & Jerry's, close to Soho. I directed them to stand in the intersection with their fingers pointed out. I wanted a silhouette shot. It's a bit grainy but I love what we got. Dominic, take me on the road with the Stones...I shoot music!!!

Shoot Location: New York, NY 10012

From Left to Right:  Roger, Chris, Stewart, Dominic

Roger McLean
Hometown: New York, New York & London, UK
Occupation: Business Development

Chris Buckle
Hometown: New York, New York
Musician, The Majorleans

Stewart Whalley
Hometown: Astoria, Queens
Bartender @ Sweet Alton

Dominic Park
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Tour Manager: Going out with The Rolling Stones this year!

Deviant of the Day #2 - Jamie Rockaway, Damon Meena, and Tommy Tracy

I met these guys catching some NCAA March Madness action, shockingly enough, down at our favorite local dive bar, Clem's, located at the corner of Roebling & Grand.

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY 11211

Left to Right: Jamie Rockaway, Damon Meena, Tommy Tracy

Jamie Rockaway
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Creative Director @ Transistor Studios

Damon Meena
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Works @ Transistor Studios
Lead Vocalist for Brooklyn metal band Marching Teeth
Facebook: dmeena

Tommy Tracy
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Works @ Tracy Customs