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What I’ve been up to…

Roadie: lighting tech, stage crew, spot-op, sound engineer, DJ.

D is for DARE!

September - December 2017

Restless Natives

I had a spell with absolutely nothing on, so I needed to get out of the house. Having recently given them some technical/lighting advice, I caught up with Restless Natives in The Gairie Inn, Kirriemuir.

Chamber East Wedding

Another wedding at Chamber East, but no early finish because of a brawl this time.

Shed of the Dead

I was invited to a friend’s Halloween Party, so I offered to bring some lights along.

Halloween Party outdoor lighting hire for Shed Of The Dead. LED fairy lights and batons.

In addition to the off-the-shelf lights used for mood, I custom-made some USB battery-operated stem/strand lights especially for the event. These were inserted into the garden and powered from USB battery banks, charged up at intervals from banks of phone chargers.

Halloween Party outdoor lighting: custom prototype RGBW LED stem/strand lights powered from USB battery bank
Halloween Party outdoor lighting: custom prototype Orange LED stem/strand lights powered from USB battery bank
Halloween Party outdoor lighting: Red LED parcans used for spooky silhouette

City Quay Disco

DJ Ross and I were booked for a wedding disco in the City Quay Function Suite. I was rushing between it and a DD8 Music gig: the Round Table fireworks up the hill at Camera Obscura.

DJ Ross playing The City Quay Function Suite Dundee. Lights by Stevie C.
DD8 Music and Kirrie District Round Table fireworks on Kirrie Hill, Camera Obscura. Festoon harness and lights supplied by Stevie C.

Rhumba & Neon

This was a busy day with lots of load-ins, setups and load-outs for audiowave PA hire. We did systems for The Rhumba Club at The Ice Factory Perth and the Neon Digital Arts Festival in Dundee. The Bitcoin Fairy performance from Plastique Fantastique gave me nightmares. I loved the exhibit using 9 CRT TVs and Toshiba screen-splitting hardware.

The Rhumba Club at The Ice Factory Perth. PA supplied from audiowave.co.uk
Neon Digital Arts festival in Dundee, an exhibit using lots of old computer mice.
Neon Digital Arts festival in Dundee, audiowave D&B PA hire

Panto 2017

More guaranteed work, less stress, more fun - and a new spotlight, what else could I ask for? Charles Denton’s dance routines as his character LaPoo? I did miss working with John Binnie and other familiar faces this year however.

I was follow-spotting for the Webster Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast, and helping with the odd thing backstage, including installing LEDs in props and fairy lights on a chandelier.

Backstage at the Webster Theatre Arbroath, helping install LEDs and fairy lights in props for Beauty and the Beast Panto
Backstage at the Webster Theatre Arbroath, helping install LEDs and fairy lights in props for Beauty and the Beast Panto
Backstage at the Webster Theatre Arbroath, helping install LEDs and fairy lights in props for Beauty and the Beast Panto

As tradition demanded, I decorated the green room with fairy lights.

Webster Theatre Arbroath green room decorated with fairy lights
Webster Theatre Arbroath green room decorated with fairy lights

I also got in on #PantoPlanking, making art out of the paint spills on the workshop floor and seeing faces where there were none.

PantoPlanking at the Webster Theatre Arbroath
Beauty and the Beast lighting rig at Webster Theatre Arbroath
Artistic edit of the Webster Theatre Arbroath workshop floor

DARE 2017

Now at the end of 2017, and back where I started: Mains Castle, this time for DARE! Does Dundee with DJ Ross and friends.

DARE! Does Dundee at Mains Castle. DJ Ross and Stevie C. Rave lighting rig with My DMX 3.0 setup.
DARE! Does Dundee at Mains Castle. DJ Ross and Stevie C. Rave lighting rig with My DMX 3.0 setup.

My lighting programming has improved, but I’ve still a long way to go. I’d configured the lighting thus: 2 independent PAR cans on a slow rainbow wash with a sweeping master fader curve; 3 LED baton bars in full channel mode fed with a sine wave on the red channels, and multiple path nodes for the disco scans, lasers and my new mini LED moving heads.

Thanks to audiowave.co.uk for the PA hire.

One More Thing…

Once again, I lost Tom Scott’s The Pogues Game at the first hurdle, as I work in theatre at Xmas.

I’ve been listening to Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Deaf Havana, Mister T, Elton John, Black Label Society, DMA’s, Justin Bieber, Damian Marley, Azzido Da Bass, Foster The People, Congo Natty, Dual Core, Saxon, Dire Straits, Underworld, The Spill Canvas & Fatboy Slim.