About PJ Sykes

I am a photographer, musician and independent record label owner based out of Richmond, VA, but frequently work in Washington, DC and the Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC). I have a passion for music and bring fearless enthusiasm to projects I work on.

I love to collaborate with bands and record labels to create portraits and live shot that are often used for promotion, social media content,  and album artwork. My photos have appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, SPIN, TIME, Pitchfork, Paste, Tiny Mix Tapes, The Washington Post, Aquarium Drunkard, Magnet, and I have worked with many record labels and artists, including Merge Records, Thrill Jockey, Dischord, SubPop, Superchunk, Lambchop, Bob Mould, Foo Fighters, and Aziz Ansari.

Currently I’ve been in my studio experimenting with a new live solo rig since my band Hoax Hunters went on hiatus last year. Over the last decade I have collaborated musically with many different band lineups and musicians like Jandek, Matt Farley (Motern Media), Catriona Sturton, Lance Koehler (No BS! Brass), Anousheh, Marty Key (Ted Leo, Teargas Rock) and Dave Watkins. Previously I was in the more experimental outfit, A New Dawn Fades, which played shows with bands like St. Vincent, Q And Not U, Des Ark, and Saxon Shore.

I spend my free time collecting vinyl and DJing with my partner Melissa while our cat Gemma stares at us from a nearby box.



PJ Sykes is a professional music photographer and musician from Richmond, VA but frequently works in Washington, DC and the Research Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) in North Carolina. His photography has been featured in Rolling Stone, SPIN, TIME, Pitchfork and used by Aziz Ansari, Foo Fighters, Superchunk, Bob Mould, Lambchop, Beauty Pill and many more.