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A Day in the Life With the Hardest Working Guitarist in Brooklyn


By Delicate Steve

Photos by Justin Buschardt

Delicate Steve played two shows at Noisey Weekend at basically the same time, so we had a photographer follow him as he ran all over Williamsburg.

Hi, I am Steve. I am known as Delicate Steve to many. I live in Brooklyn. I play guitar. I play guitar in my band, which is called Delicate Steve. My album This Is Steve came out last year and I did a lot of touring behind the release of the record.

Sometimes I play guitar in the studio with other artists: Paul Simon, Yeasayer, Sondre Lerche to name a few. And sometimes I hop on stage with my guitar for a song or two: Built To Spill, Dr. Dog, Mac DeMarco, Dirty Projectors, and others. I also play as a guitarist in other bands: The Growlers, Oberhofer, and Skaters to name a few. I played about 120 shows last year; most of them with Delicate Steve and The Growlers.

Right now I am playing in the band Amen Dunes, which is the project of Damon McMahon—a brilliant songwriter who has been releasing music under the Amen Dunes name for many years. I played guitar on the band’s most recent album, Freedom, which was released this past Friday. The record release show was on Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of Noisey Weekend. It was the band’s first show in three years.

On the same night, my band Delicate Steve also played a show for Noisey Weekend at Brooklyn Bowl opening up for Dean Ween. The venues are located five blocks away from each other. About a six minute walk, or a two minute run. Each show required a load in and sound check, so I spent the day going back and forth from each venue, loading, checking, playing, playing, from about 3 PM – 2 AM.

It was all worth it but it was a lot of work. Noisey sent photographer Justin Buschardt with me to capture the day. This is what happened.

Read story and see photos here.