Working with a live band, DJ Bonobo wanted to light up his own audience to create an atmosphere with a sense of story, according to lighting designer Bryce Cherpelis.
Using just a projection video as a backdrop, Cherpelis chose lights by French manufacturer Chauvet to highlight the crowd with spot and wash effects, unveiling the look at USA’s Midway Music Hall (cap. 5,000) in San Francisco.
“We didn’t surround the artiste with a lot of eye candy,” says Cherpelis. “Our lights supported the overall mood, reflecting the music and video images. We put a lot of light on the audience without distracting them.”
He deployed two of Chauvet’s Maverick MK1 Hybrid fixtures, positioned on vertical truss structures stage left and right, for long throw spot and beam effects. He supported these with a pair of 440W LED Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures, also positioned either side of stage.
Six Rogue RH1 Hybrid and four Rogue R2 Wash fixtures were flown on horizontal truss either side of the audience.
“Given the nature of this show, we wanted to keep light on stage to a minimum,” says Cherpelis. “The zooming features of the Mavericks and Rogues made it easy to get all the audience lighting we needed without anything spilling onto the stage.”
Bonobo also plays venues including Germany’s UFO im Velodrom (12,000) in Berlin, Luxembourg’s Rockhal (6,500) and Czech Republic’s Forum Karlin (3,000) in Prague.