Will Noon, the swanky drummer of Fun. as well as many other bands, took the beloved Diana Mini with him during his worldwide travels this summer, and took some shots with our 110 film! Take a peek backstage of his adventures!
1. Hi Will! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up on Long Island, moved to Philly to study Economics at Drexel university, started touring with Breaking Pangaea, then moved back to Long Island and started the band Straylight Run, did that for quite a while until things slowed down and I moved back to Philly. About three years ago started playing drums for the band Fun. That’s been going pretty well.
2. How long have you been a Lomographer for (or are you new to the Lomography community)?
I’m pretty new to it, but I really like the philosophy and aesthetic.
As a musician, I really appreciate how using analog tape affects the recording experience, so to be able to get a similar experience in photography, which has become dominated by 14 megapixel smart phone cameras, is a nice reprieve.
3. What is your favorite Lomography camera to shoot with and is there any you want to try out?
Most of my experience is with the Diana Mini, which has tons of cool elements (diptychs, square format, etc), but I’m also slightly enamoured by the 110 format and how small those cameras can get. I’ve just got my konstructor which is exciting because I love building things, but next up will probably be a Fisheye (1990’s beastie boys
vibe!) and possibly the Lomokino for lofi super8-vibe short movies.
4. When did you start playing the drums?
I started playing in elementary school in the concert band, and finally got a drum set in middle school. I ended up joining a band with some older guys in high school and played irving plaza my senior year, and going on tour while all my friends were going off to college.
5. What was the best concert you’ve ever played at?
Last night we actually played a show in NYC and it was raining the whole time but the energy was great. last fall we ended a European tour in Portugal and it was one of the smallest shows of the tour, but the crowd in this packed little club was deafeningly loud; it was amazing. My old band, Straylight Run, played our first show at a club called the downtown. even though it was our first show and we didn’t have a proper record released, it was sold out and the crowd knew every word …we were all blown away.
6. What is one thing you liked about the different bands you played with?
With Breaking Pangaea, I loved the fact that we were a 3 piece and we always put on a great show, we typically played tiny little bars and basements and VFW halls, but we always managed to balance ourselves and (as people have told me) we always sounded great with no PA/sound system, audio engineer, etc. with straylight run, I really started to understand how important lyrics were and how people connected to them. I’ve never been able to do much more than hit something with a wooden stick, but this band made me appreciate that aspect of song writing.
Fun actually combines a bit of everything. As a group everyone is so aware of what everyone else is doing, and I think it creates a really tight, cohesive group. and as a lyricist, Nate Ruess is phenomenally talented. I’m really lucky to have fallen into place with this group of people.
7. What is one of the craziest things that has happened to you while you were on tour?
I’m a bit on the nerdy side, and I don’t drink or do drugs, so for me, touring isn’t as crazy as people think it might be. …but having said that, I did rent a scooter in Paris and tried to spend 3 off days riding along the Seine river to the Normandy beaches, stopping in Versailles, Rouen, and Le Havre along the way. I managed to see Versailles (which is pretty awesome) but on the way to Le Havre the scooter’s transmission died and I slowly coasted to a stop along the side of the highway. Luckily I was close to a gas station/service plaza, but unluckily I was 2+ hours from Paris, spoke zero french, and the sun was setting. In the end it worked out and I was able to get a tow truck (driver had a friend that spoke english!) and made it back to the hotel in Paris… but I had definitely come to terms with sleeping at a gas station in the country side of France.
8. If you could take your camera and some film anywhere in the world right now, where would you go, what would you do, and why?
I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last few years traveling over seas a lot more, and I’ve gone to a lot of places I’ve always wanted to, but Brazil is still on my list. No clue why, but there is something that draws me in. I’d like to do more traveling outside of touring/work, so heading to Brazil and spending times in jungles and on beaches with a camera (or 3) sounds pretty ideal.
9. What are your top three favorite albums of all time and why?
I’ve never been good with superlatives but…
Refused – The shape of punk to come. This album basically blew my mind when I finally understood what was happening. On one hand, its extremely aggressive and visceral and on the other hand, its completely intellectual, super political, experimental in both the musicality and production. Swedish post hardcore that I would put up against any work of art.
Randy – You can’t keep a good band down. This album was their transition from a great punk band to a great rock band. It might not be my favorite record of theirs, as “human atom bombs” pushes the boundaries a bit more, but it was their transition so I’ll list it.
High energy swedish punk rock.
Lionel Richie – Greatest Hits. I was just talking about Lionel Richie last night so i’ll include this. He’s so good. When I think of him, I like to also include some of the commodores songs that he did as well. He’s just got a smoothness. He makes me swoon just a little bit.