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What I’ve been up to…

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

New Year, Same Old Me

Jan - March 2019

I might as well jinx it by saying “I can’t believe I’m still with AML”. This time of year is usually quiet; other than the odd gig with the Webster Theatre, DD8 Music or a nice segue into…

Black Light

I was asked to cover for someone/be LX2 for a lighting setup in Greyfriars Kirk (Where Tom Riddle is buried) for a band. This wasn’t quite an Aspie Abroad, but it may well have been. I actually have no idea how I’d survive without Apple Maps.

Lighting hire install from Black Light in Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh
Lighting hire install from Black Light in Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh

You’ll see from the photos that in addition to the standard lighting rig, we also installed blue gels into the existing architectural lighting.

Edinburgh Pub Crawl

Having finished early from Black Light, I went on a mini-pub crawl. Having not felt comfortable in Greyfriars Bobby’s Bar (it’s more of a restaurant), I went on a wander… I discovered a couple of “features” in Google Maps: firstly that it tells me I’m on top of a pub when I’m in the street below, and when I put it into 3D mode to circumvent this, it freezes my phone when I lock it.

Going for a wander/pub crawl in Edinburgh
Bank notes glued to the ceiling - part of the interesting decor in my new favourite pub in Edinburgh - The Jolly Judge

I soon found a new favourite pub: The Jolly Judge. I called off my crawl, had a few there and returned to my go-to (The Regent Bar) before catching the train home.

Tattiefest

I have occasionally been using bands and DJs as an excuse to go to the pub; none more so than Tattiefest held at the Black Abbot in Montrose. I’ve been to see Ro Cawdor at The Dalhousie in Brechin, as well as the usual suspects on their travels: Headroom, Restless Natives, Marty Gellatley, Miami Vince… I’ve also been to Tayport just to try their pubs - and watched a snooker match I never thought I’d see.

O’ Sullivan playing Trump at snooker in the Tayport Arms

CRUK Disco

I was asked to help DD8 Music help with a Cancer Research fundraiser disco in the Northmuir Hall. Graham & Curtis DJed and I provided lighting, we had my MacBook & DJ software there as a backup or to take over if they needed a break. I got to try out some of my new lights, including some RGBWA matrix effects and a barrel scan.

Stevie C helping DD8 Music provide DJ services, sound and lighting hire for a Cancer Research fundraiser disco in Northmuir Hall, Kirriemuir.
Stevie C helping DD8 Music provide DJ services, sound and lighting hire for a Cancer Research fundraiser disco in Northmuir Hall, Kirriemuir.
Stevie C helping DD8 Music provide DJ services, sound and lighting hire for a Cancer Research fundraiser disco in Northmuir Hall, Kirriemuir.

A Random, Bad Day

Just one of those days when a Windows Update wipes out a file you were working on, the handle breaks off your mug, you can’t re-align a laser properly and you find some random stuff in a bag during derig.

Repairing and re-aligning a laser for AM Lighting - now AML Event Hire Dundee
Some of the random stuff I find
When the handle breaks off your mug

Sports Awards

As well as taking advantage of the down time to do some PAT testing (which I reckon is fun, even with the sometimes-hundreds of tests required on a distro), we had to prep and install some(!) lights for the Dundee Sports Awards, to be held in The Caird Hall in Dundee.

PAT testing a distro case for AML Event Hire in Dundee. This particular distro had come back from a job where the client for some inexplicable  reason had disconnected one of the earth bonds.
AM Lighting - now AML Event Hire Dundee providing lighting design, hire and install for the Dundee Sports Awards in The Caird Hall
AM Lighting - now AML Event Hire Dundee providing lighting design, hire and install for the Dundee Sports Awards in The Caird Hall

You’re a Star, Cloth!

You’re not going to understand that if you don’t watch A Touch of Cloth, and I doubt Charlie Brooker is going to hire me as a joke-writer anytime soon. So anyway, AML had several RGB star cloths to repair for an event that weekend (we also have white ones for hire).

AM Lighting - now AML Event Hire: repairing RGB LED star cloths for hire at an event
AM Lighting - now AML Event Hire: repairing RGB LED star cloths for hire at an event
AM Lighting - now AML Event Hire: repairing RGB LED star cloths for hire at an event

The Absolute Jam

I was working for AudioWave at a Mod-type gig in Falkirk. Bands playing were: Dog Tooth, Ocean Colour Scheme and The Absolute Jam. I was there to help setup and run lights for the gig. We had a Spinal Tap Moment - one of our crew was actuating the fogger (no DMX control), and kept triggering it because there was no smoke onstage. All of the sudden, the drummer disappeared…

Audiowave providing sound and lighting hire for a Mod-night in Falkirk. We supplied a D&B PA, Logic systems monitors and a full lighting rig comprising RGB slimpars, RGBWA PARcans, LED bars and of course, a fogger. Bands playing were: Dog Tooth, Ocean Colour Scheme and The Absolute Jam.
Audiowave providing sound and lighting hire for a Mod-night in Falkirk. We supplied a D&B PA, Logic systems monitors and a full lighting rig comprising RGB slimpars, RGBWA PARcans, LED bars and of course, a fogger. Bands playing were: Dog Tooth, Ocean Colour Scheme and The Absolute Jam.

Security Audit

Having had a couple of those emails where they claim to have your email connected to “THE SYSTEM”, or they claim they’ve been spying on you via your webcam; I performed an overdue security audit. It’s worth mentioning that the hacking methods supposedly involved are not really viable, and it’s far more likely they have your email from a website that has had its database leaked. Case in point, I searched Have I Been Pwned - and sure enough, the password these “hackers” had used were in the HIBP list from a website I no longer use, and had had its database leaked. Despite his protestations that I wouldn’t be able to trace him, I did just that.

One More Thing…

I recently discovered Greta Van Fleet, The Weezer Teal Album, Toni Braxton, Sia, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Naughty By Nature, Darude, Samantha Fish, Jethro Tull, John Hiatt, The 1975, Vibe Tracks, Diode Milliampere and Leo Moracchioli - so needless to say I’ve driven my colleagues demented with them.