it is easy to call one's self a photographer. i am not one. i am merely a creative individual who knows how to use a camera. or better yet, a creative individual who likes to tell a story. everyone is a photographer now. everyone has the power to capture a moment and share it with the world. however, it takes a certain degree of patience, curiosity, and determination to persistently capture those moments.
photographing stories in the music and art world, in my opinion, takes 10% skill, 20% luck, 20% proximity, 50% access. it's not about your equipment. it's about who you are with, and how close you are to them.