In episode 13 of the Podioslave Podcast, we’re joined by Lance Mercer – Seattle area photographer. Lance came up in the Seattle 80s/90s music scene, where he filmed the iconic Northwest grunge scene, including Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Malfunkshun, and many others. You most certainly know him by his legendary shot Pearl Jam used for the cover of their ‘Ten’ album or the shot of Eddie Vedder hanging from the rafters during the ‘Drop in the Park’ concert in 1992. Lance’s photos are truly iconic. This was a fun one to record!
(On this episode: (0:00) Intro to the podcast and episode. (3:00) Interview with Lance Mercer starts. Lance gives a glimpse into how he got started with photography and his early music days in the Seattle scene. (8:14) Transition into photographing bands live and promo shots -- Mother Love Bone, etc. (18:49) Thinking back to knowing the Seattle scene was special in the moment. (25:12) Transition to Pearl Jam talk - stories of photographing, relationship with the band, going on the road with the band, tactics used to get great photos, the iconic Eddie Vedder photos, etc -- some great stuff in here! (67:47) Transition to what Lance is up to now and small talk about music, etc (86:06) Post interview thoughts and reaction to the episode.)