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What I’ve been up to…

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

January - March 2018

“I wish it could be christmas everyday” - and it kinda is for me light-wise. It’s been an interesting few months; I kicked off January 2018 with a couple of wedding discos (and LED-based personal projects) and in doing do, had avoided the usual down-period doldrums. Or so I thought.

Stevie C’s Light art - made from converted fairy light strings to LED, low ISO and long exposure. the flickering is caused by the un-smoothed DC power
Stevie C’s Light art - made from converted fairy light strings to LED, low ISO and long exposure. the flickering is caused by the un-smoothed DC power
Stevie C’s Light art - made from converted fairy light strings to LED, low ISO and long exposure. the flickering is caused by the un-smoothed DC power

Queen’s Wedding

That clickbait didn’t work last time, and it probably didn’t this time either. This was a different Queen’s Hotel but again with people I knew socially. Having decided not to do a full-on DMXed light show (still in DARE mode) I packed my laptop back away; and between the function disco and derig the next day, managed to lose my laptop stand. D’oh.

DJ Ross playing a wedding function disco in The Queen’s Hotel in Dundee, Disco lighting & sound system supplied by Stevie C
DJ Ross playing a wedding function disco in The Queen’s Hotel in Dundee, Disco lighting & sound system supplied by Stevie C
DJ Ross playing a wedding function disco in The Queen’s Hotel in Dundee, Disco lighting & sound system supplied by Stevie C

Tattie Fest

Having had a wedding cancelled on us and spent the month crunching numbers and speccing new gear, I decided to head to Montrose for Tattie Fest; a music festival in aid of pancreatic cancer research in The Black Abbot. My interest was mostly real ale, my business card and future events.

Morrissey

I went to see Morrissey in Glasgow, again. I loved the light show (goes without saying), but we didn’t go to Justin Bieber’s favourite kebab shop afterwards this time; Morrissey didn’t do Meat Is Murder either, which I was looking forward to in a strange way. I dragged the others out clubbing - not that they needed much persuasion. As usual I was mesmerised by the various lighting installations…

I read in the local rag the next day that there had been a “mass walkout” after Morrissey made a joke about Nicola Sturgeon (FYI: he supported Independence) - let me assure you, there was no such walkout. It’s really surprising how many people bought the story, but then again, you wonder why the world is in such a state - there’s the answer.

Oh yeah, the guy in front kept farting, and these lassies who were drunk and tone deaf stood looking away from the stage the whole night. Why?

audioWAVE

As I only seem to be happy (or content) when I’m working, in the pub, or working in the pub; I was lucky to be asked to help with some lx programming on a tiny wee Chauvet Obey desk for a 40th rave in Mains Castle. I was also asked to crew and do lights for part of Django Django’s 2018 tour at Fat Sams; an event that will forever be with me after the truck driver sliced his big toe off during an altercation involving a circuit breaker box and a mirror.

Stevie C helping program lights on a Chauvet Obey for a Birthday Rave Party at Mains Castle in Dundee.

WMT

I’ve been involved in the occasional show at The Webster Theatre (and other local venues) - including Jive Talkin’, Rich Hall’s Hoedown, The Angus Sports Awards and The Carpenters Gold (I missed the Salty Dog’s 7th Birthday Bash for this). I may have spoken about seeing faces that weren’t there in my previous blog entry, and to clarify what I meant, I’ve given him a mouth and eyebrows in GIMP. I call him Duncan.

The Carpenters Gold at The Webster Memorial Theatre Arbroath, Stage risers setup, focusing lights
Duncan the mirror ball face at the Webster Memorial Theatre.

The Hoedown was scary: due to a miscommunication, not all the audience seats had been installed (for a sold-out gig). As the venue staff responsible were off the clock, it left Ben and myself scrambling to get them installed 5 minutes before house tabs, with help from a lampie acquaintance who just happened to be visiting. That said, The Carpenters were equally as scary (the show, not the band) as I arrived in FS-OP mode, to be told they did not require a spot-op, but did require me to be Stage Manager and Flyman instead.

The Salty Dog

I’ve been busy with the pub again: ripping out old/broken lights, modifying salvageable ones to make them functional and safe after years of abuse and installing some new stuff as well. As well as sourcing 100W bulbs (argh, LAMPS!) for some lava lamps that had been donated, I was also asked to prototype some LED-lights-in-bottles.

LED fairy lights in liquor bottles in The Salty Dog in Dundee. Custom prototype booze bottle lights by Stevie C.
LED fairy lights in liquor bottles in The Salty Dog in Dundee. Custom prototype booze bottle lights by Stevie C.
LED fairy lights in liquor bottles in The Salty Dog in Dundee. Custom prototype booze bottle lights by Stevie C.

I’ve also been trying to fix the pub internet (I’ve had computers, modems and routers all over the place and multimeters in the dozen phone jacks in the venue) and the main PA system amp; it keeps overheating due to the cooling fans not receiving power from the logic board. To move away from the temporary fix of a space heater on cool blow in front of it, I bodged a DC power supply in there to supply a constant 24V to the cooling fans. At least I managed to fix the windscreen washer in my car; all it needed was the algae cleaned out of the reservoir which was clogging up the pump.

One More Thing…

My experiences sound amazing (and somewhat egotistic) when typed out here and complemented with visual aids, but it doesn’t convey the sadness or depression in between jobs. I should go buy myself some lights to cheer myself up.

I’ve been listening to Baby Strange, Dan le Sac & Scroobius Pip, Morrissey, Ben Delay, Goldie Lookin Chain, Headroom, Billy Idol, Pet Shop Boys, Panic! At The Disco, Aussie Floyd, Bryan Adams, Nickelback, Michael Bolton, Quiet No Longer, Chase & Status, The Cult, Dual Core, ZZ Top and some of my own mixes.