Adam Moerder, soon-to-be better known as his stage name – Fitness, is a very talented guy. I first met him in late 2013 when we came together, with at least 6 other people, to become the live manifestation of Brooklyn dance band, Motion Studies. I knew him then only as our guitarist and the power-man vocalist from the late Mr. Dream.
Now, I know and have seen (and once in France, performed with) him as his two newest projects: Montreal Sex Machine and Fitness. The two projects couldn’t be more different. Actually they could. They are both insanely great though, and of course share at least two notable similarities – Adam’s incredibly versatile vocals, and an impressively varied [and project-approriate] structural sensibility.
Last month, probably after seeing some of the photos I shot of his live sets on our December Euro tour (or not, I don’t know), he asked me if I’d like to shoot photos for Fitness. It should be known that I love no photographic project more than one that involves 1. a fun human, and 2. taking images of that human that are representative of their creative thing, whatever it may be. Fitness is clearly both those things, so I was thrilled to take the job.
The photos were taken on a Wednesday night in early February at a warehouse space in Brooklyn. Although I had bought a disposable in hopes of taking some sassy candids outside in my car, we kept it digital, and shot everything on my 5D mark ii. These are just 3 selects from a some 450 images. Conveniently, just one day before I delivered the images, Adam [via Godmode via Stereogum] released, in video form, the first Fitness single of 2015, the entirety of which can be seen below.
Fitness’ debut EP is out early 2015 on Godmode.