The right light set-up for your band

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Perhaps you have started a band or have been involved with one for quite a long time and you are now at that stage of your collective career or hobby where you want to take it to the next level. While you all have the best instruments and your individual and collective talents are shining through with each gig, you just find yourselves needing that something extra. While pyrotechnics or other onstage possibilities might out of the question, you can take a look at your lighting rig and see if you can introduce new elements to it that will complement your onstage presence.

Control the vibe

Control the vibe

Getting you a led strip controller is a great idea. It will help you or whoever is going to control your lighting system to control the brightness an colour levels of the experience. One song might demand a particular piece of timing while another might need something different. The frequency can be timed to faster songs and it can be slowed for the melodies. The two – lighting and music – can effectively act hand in hand and leave those watching the experienced amazed by its organization and beauty. They will return for more the next time and be happy to pay the higher door charge, which you can increase to help pay for your new lighting arrangement.

Employ someone to do it for you

While it can be a case of all for one and one for all, if you and your band can afford it, you should get an outsourced company to look after your lighting needs. They, being the trained professionals that they are, will be able to get you the best arrangement. Obviously, this will be subject to the price they charge – and whether or not you can afford it. There are a lot of options available on the Internet or in your local directory even. These search engines – both digitally and physically – will help you discover the right options.

Ask around

You may well know people that work in the lighting industry. They can advise you accordingly. The advice hopefully will come free, and instead of having someone quote you, you can effectively go directly to the source because of that conversation you had with someone or another in passing.

Learn from experience

Think about all the great bands of the past, the ones you look up to. They would have got their music, let alone their lighting system, wrong a good few times before finding the right groove for the future. Their roadies would have had to experiment time and time again with this or that arrangement, before eventually settling on what works best – indoors and outdoors. That’s right, what might work for an indoor gig might not be right for the outdoors, given the natural light offered by the sun. So consider that too, if you have the luxury of being invited to play at both sorts of venues and festivals. And, in the end, just enjoy the time you have on stage.

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