At Hard Fest, 10 Artists Reveal The Hardest Thing They’ve Ever Done

Featuring an exclusive portrait gallery

Photo by Myles Pettengill

The Hard Summer festival rumbled through Fontana, California, last weekend, bringing with it a stacked lineup of some of the biggest names in hip-hop, dance, electro, and R&B. Photographer Myles Pettengill was backstage with his trusty hand-held camera, capturing some of the festival's biggest stars—Khelani, Fat Joe, and Ty Dolla $ign among them—before and after their blistering sets. Check them out in the exclusive gallery below, along with an answer to the question: "What's the hardest thing you've ever done?"

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Photo by Myles Pettengill

"Floss is the hardest thing that I’ve ever done. It’s 10 years of making music, and all the failures and all the moments that have come with that. There was a moment for us that was a turning point where we played a show in Denver, and tried to book a whole tour, and no one would even book us on a tour. The only place that would book us was in Denver. This is at the beginning of 2011. My mom’s there, and, literally, there were six people and four of them were my mom and three of her friends, so it was embarrassing. There was a point where we almost said, “Let’s give up.” But we kept pushing through, and now here we are headlining the HARD festival."