Guy Sebastian – Ridin’ With You
Equipment Used: Arkaos MediaMaster Pro, DJPOWER Low Foggers, Astera AX3
Application: Entertainment Lighting
Guy Sebastian, one of Australia’s most successful recording artists, returned to the road with his Ridin’ With You tour, which began in Adelaide and over a month later finished in Sydney.
Creative director for the Ridin’ With You Tour was Mitchell Woodcock, with input from a handful of people including lighting designer Brad Alcock of BAAC Light.
The stage design had a number of different levels and elements, including LED walls playing stunning visuals by Natasha Stewart, smoke & haze effects adding dramatic theatrical looks, and some original use of lighting.
“All of the content is loaded onto both my ArKaos MediaMaster Pro touring servers. Everything is triggered by timecode to exact moments in the content.”
– Brad Alcock, BAAC Light.
“All of the content is loaded onto both my ArKaos MediaMaster Pro touring servers”, said Brad. “Everything is triggered by timecode to exact moments in the content.
The two ArKaos MediaMaster Pro servers, a primary and a backup, both fed timecode and everything triggered from the playback computer located within the audio setup. “Basically they drive the show for me,” Brad remarked. “There are a number of songs in the set where I have removed the timecode … primarily to keep me concentrating!”
Within the set were two DJ Power Low Foggers adding a dramatic, theatrical element.
Located just above stage level in the riser skirting were Astera Ax3 battery operated, puck wireless fixtures to light up the low fog and provide some texture to the floor.
“I’m actually shifting my design style to be more suitable for cameras and I spend my time trying to get ‘moments”, Brad explained.
Brad pointed out that the design was specifically made with social media in mind. Guy has a camera crew with him on the road continuously making social media content, so he was very aware to keep Guy looking on the money the entire time.
“I’m actually shifting my design style to be more suitable for cameras and I spend my time trying to get ‘moments”, Brad explained. “It’s a different way of doing things, but it’s to try and stay on top of all the phones in the audience. Obviously lighting designers have always created moments, and a lot of time that’s done with horsepower in quantity, but these days many LDs are bringing the lighting states back to allow the content or story to be more forward. This is common ground for me as I have a musical theatre background.”
Text by Cat Strom @CX Magazine, Photo Credits @ Troy Constable