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 Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) in North Carolina. I have a passion for music and bring fearless enthusiasm to projects I work on.

       In my work as a photographer, I collaborate with bands and record labels to create portraits and live shot that are used as promotion and can often be found inside the albums the work supports. 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 bands, including Merge Records, Thrill Jockey, Dischord, SubPop, Superchunk, Lambchop, Bob Mould, Foo Fighters, and Beauty Pill.

       My current band Hoax Hunters is my main musical creative outlet. I have used the moniker to release and collaborate with several different lineups as well as guests like Anousheh, Marty Key (Ted Leo Rx, Teargas Rock) and Dave Watkins. We released our debut full length on Negative Fun Records in August of 2014. 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. Before picking up the guitar I played French horn and mellophone in symphonic and marching bands and once performed a halftime show during a Washington Redskins game.

       I spend my free time listening to records with my cat Gemma, eating as many tacos I can, and treasure hunting at thrift and antique stores with my wife. I also serve on the board of Gallery 5, a combination art gallery and live music space, where I am contributing to the social media strategy of the organization. When time allows I volunteer at The Valentine museum photographing items for their General and Costume and Textile Collections including some original GWAR costumes.




Anousheh, Beauty Pill, Bio Ritmo, E.D. Sedgwick, Foo Fighters, Hex Machine, Horsehead, Lambchop, Bob Mould, NO BS! Brass Band, Pontiak, Positive No, The Snowy Owls, Superchunk, William Tyler, Versus, Vexine, The Walkmen, White Laces, Wye Oak

Magazines & Blogs

AV Club, Aquarium Drunkard, Flagpole Weekly, INDY Weekly, Modern Luxury DC, The Onion, PAPER Magazine, Paste Magazine, Richmond Magazine, Rolling Stone, RVAnews, RVA Magazine, Shuffle Magazine, SPIN Magazine, Style Weekly, Time Magazine


Cherub, Dischord, Harding Street Assembly Lab, Little Black Cloud, Lovitt, Merge, Negative Fun, Northern Spy, Thrill Jockey, Three Lobed, Touch & Go!, SubPop,


Merge25 Fest, Concert to Defeat Amendment One, Live At Ipanema series, MACRoCk, Siegfried's Call (French Horn manufacturer), Minimum Wage Recording, Sedona The Movie (Soundtrack), Scott’s Addition Sound, Snake Oil Recording, Viking Recording Co., GWAR costumes for The Valentine museum




Angels VS Aliens, Born With A Tail, A New Dawn Fades, The BEAT!, Graceland Grave Robbers, The Colloquial Orchestra, Hoax Hunters


Les Savy Fav (phone in choir on the song The Year Before The Year 2000)

Parts & Labor (sounds/noises on Receivers)

Sparrows Swarm And Sing (filled in on banjo and percussion live)

Positive No (bass, guitar, backup vocals on Noel, Noel)

TLVS (bass on Sundowning)



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