Rogues light AJR on Squeek’s Ruby Stage
Wednesday, 17 March 2021
ajr3AJR live on the Ruby Stage
USA - "For us, every single one of our songs got big in a different way," Adam Met, one of the three multi-instrumental brothers who make up AJR told an interviewer.
Creativity is one of the things that makes AJR a delight to work for, according to their lighting designer Ezra Donellan. Another is their seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy. Both were on full display in January on Squeek Lights’ Ruby Stage, when after performing their hit Bang on The Late, Late Show with James Corden, the band forged ahead and recorded a video of their new song Way Less Said, supporting by a lightshow featuring the Chauvet Professional Rogue R1 BeamWash.
“One of most impressive things about this band is their ability to keep a high level of energy under all circumstances,” says Donellan. “We were all excited to be able to perform Bang for James Corden’s show, but rather than come down from the TV appearance, the band fed off the energy and recorded the video right there on the same Ruby Stage. In turn, I fed off their energy with my lighting. This is an example of why I’m extremely grateful to work for AJR.”
Donellan credits the versatility of the 280W RGBW Rogue R1 BeamWash in the Ruby Stage rig with helping him achieve the right balance.
“In my view, this is an awesome fixture,” adds Donellan. “I was particularly impressed by the zoom (3.4° - 67.7°). We had a very low trim height, but thanks to the zoom, I was able to get a tight, clean beam where I needed in and a nice wash throughout the stag. Dialing colour temperature was easy.”
Donellan continues: “The band really gives me the opportunity to explore lighting looks that are not always doable in a standard rock show. There can be challenges figuring out how to transition from theatrical, to rock, to a crazy party, and then back to those intimate moments. But there is also the reward that comes from seeing the audience walk away feeling like they weren't just watching a show but instead were part of an experience.”

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