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Live Performance & More

"A very subtle difference can make the picture or not."

Annie Leibovitz - Rolling Stone Magazine Photographer

What are your music photography needs?

Whether you are a solo singer-songwriter or an 11-piece jazz-funk band, a concert venue or festival producer, an artist manager or a publicist, a print magazine or on-line blog, or maybe an electric guitar manufacturer, DSP has you covered for all of your professional photography needs.  


When you want to preserve a moment in a single still image, no stage is too small or too big for DSP. With many years of experience, DSP offers a quality level and attention to detail that your project deserves.

Promotion / Publicity

Are you looking for an evocative lead image for your EPK, a compelling photo for album art or for merch collectibles? DSP would love to collaborate with you.

Behind The Scenes / Touring

Your fans experience your on-stage story, but do they know your backstage or recording studio story? How about tour life? Why not tell them about it? Better yet, why not show them?

Festival / Venue Crowd

Fact: People love to see photos of people - especially themselves. Fans love crowd shots. This intrigue and energy should not go un-utilized by artists, event promoters, or publications.

Gear / Endorsements

Are you a music gear manufacturer, and need some killer photos of the artists who use and/or endorse your products? Why not have those artists captured in their best light, using your stuff?

Katie H. - Marketing Manager

Salvage Station - Asheville, NC

"David has been the Salvage Station house photographer for several years and is always coming up with new and creative ways for us to maximize our partnership. He is a true professional and never fails to exceed my expectations with his exceptional photography skills, attention to detail, timeliness, reliability, and knowledge. He is fabulous to work with.”

"Every picture tells a story, don't it?"

(Rod Stewart)

So... You think you need some killer photos, but...

Is there a story you are trying to tell through your marketing?

Do you understand usage rights and licensing fees?

What will the return be on your investment?

David is not only committed to producing world-class music photos for his clients, but he also wants to ensure that there is a well-defined purpose behind their projects, and that his clients understand the intricacies and nuances of image usage, licensing, and pricing.

When all is said and done, he wants his clients to get the maximum return on their investment, and he goes above and beyond the call of the art form to do it.

That's all sounds great, but how much will it cost for a photo shoot?

The answer is... It depends.

Prior to providing a quote, David wants to ensure that we're all on the same page when it comes to expectations, both on a creative (content) and commercial (licensing) level.

To start the process, get your FREE mini eBook, "Music Photography - Image Usage, Pricing & Licensing", along with two bonus downloads that will help you prepare for your photo shoot, whether you collaborate with DSP or not.

David is here to help.

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DSP Music Photography Portfolios

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"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."

Red Adair

Your image is worth investing in, isn't it?

Photography is, indeed, an investment -- one that can bring returns for years. Learn how to get the most out of your investment with this FREE mini eBook and bonuses.

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Chad Stewart

Stewart Sound & Lighting

"David Simchock has a way of capturing the emotion and passion of a situation with his lens that most of us can only experience with our own eyes and ears. I am consistently amazed and impressed with his talent."

About David Simchock - Your Visual Storyteller

David Simchock is a full-time professional photographer with over 20 years of experience in the business. His diverse range of images have been featured in prestigious publications from the New York Times to Rolling Stone Magazine, and he has worked on assignments from the vast sands of the Sahara Desert, to the streets of Asheville, to the stages of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He is currently providing his services as "house photographer" for both the Salvage Station (Asheville) and the Beech Mountain Resort (near Boone) venues in Western North Carolina.

David is the founder and primary photography and writing contributor to his own music photography website, Front Row Focus.

Over the years, David has received several awards for his fine art, travel, street, and music photography. He is also one of the featured music photographers in the award-winning film, "A Year in the Pit". He is also the author of several eBooks, many of which are available on this DSP website.

More than just an artist and teacher, David's purpose, also known as his ‚Äúwhy‚ÄĚ, lies in helping his photography clients¬†reveal¬†and elevate their unique stories through his imagery.

A native of New Jersey, David has also lived overseas for many years, but now calls "home" the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

About David Simchock


After a few years of retirement, David has dusted off an old project that has been sitting idle and off-line since 2018, reviving his once-popular music e-zine, Front Row Focus!

The new FRF has been re-purposed and re-designed to optimize the integration of the site with David's main DSP business services.

No longer a mere "e-zine", but still containing gig reviews and previews, FRF 2.0 takes David's music photography offerings to another level, further differentiating DSP in the crowded music photography world.

For more information, download the press release below, and be sure to check out the FRF website:

About David Simchock
Download the Press Release here.

Frequently Asked Questions

DSP has collaborated with and contributed to the following:

Rolling Stone magazine
The New York Times
Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC
Backpacker Magazine
Billboard Magazine
Moon Travel Guides
Visit NC - North Carolina
Penthouse Magazine
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Salvage Station - Asheville
Zuma Press Media Group
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam - Asheville
Vintage Guitar - ZZ Top Cover
Steep Canyon Rangers
New Orleans Jazz Fest
R2 Rock n Reel Magazine
WNC Magazine

Kyle Travers

Travers Brothership

"David has produced press photos, album art, and live performance images for Travers Brothership. He is consistently easy to work with and professional on all fronts. And, his photos speak for themselves. "

Why choose DSP for your music photography needs?

  • Commitment to clients
  • Easy to work with
  • World-class, award-winning quality
  • Creative diversity & flexibility
  • Experience & Track record
  • Attention to detail
  • Marketing-minded
  • "Storytelling" approach to his work & your needs
  • Satisfaction guaranteed 
"We human beings remember 20 percent of what we hear, 30 percent of what we see, but 50 percent of what we both see and hear."

Chet Holmes - Author

The music business isn't all about music. 

Sometimes, it takes more than catchy melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics to get noticed. 

In today's social media world, you're more likely to get the attention of your fans and followers with compelling visuals than your are with a screaming guitar solo.

Your choice of imagery in your marketing should complement your music or written words, and should not be an afterthought or, worse, a reflection of a lack of attention to detail, quality, and professionalism. 

Isn't it worth making photography a priority, and investing in top-quality images that will bring in new fans, ticket-buyers, or readers? 

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Do you dream of being a Music Photographer?

DSP is here to help you make your dreams come true!

David can't teach you how to be a rock star guitarist, but he can teach you how to photograph rock stars (like a rock star photographer)!

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