Nate Haber balances light and dark for Lorna Shore
Friday, 11 November 2022
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USA - Nate Haber of Extraterrestrial Visuals believes in serving the client. “I think it’s important to note that design and programming are part of a service industry,” Haber says, in the middle of working with Lorna Shore on their national The Pain Remains Tour. “My main goal is to align my vision with that of my client. They know what they like and don’t like. Of course, on this tour, it helps that my design preferences line up with their vision.
“This is a metal band, and an extremely heavy one at that,” said Haber. “So yes, our show is dark and moody, but in the age of social media, it’s also important that fans be able to see the band, especially one that’s as well-known to them as Lorna Shore. It’s also important that they be able to take good photos and videos. So, I try to strike a balance and add a higher level of light at different moments.”
Helping Haber achieve this balance is a Squeek Lights rig anchored by six Maverick Force S Spot and six Rogue R1 Wash fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
“We don’t have a lot of fixtures, but I am making them work very hard,” says Haber. “The meat and potatoes of this lighting rig are the Maverick Force S Spots and Rogue Washes. We also have six vertical foggers that we call on throughout the show. Everything is low power. We can stretch the set wider or squeeze it in for the smaller venues.
I’m running a timecoded show on the ChamSys MagicQ MQ70. Most of the songs have 200 to 300 cues. The main cue stack sits around 100 and then there are bumps, strobes, and other fun effects on other faders which are recorded into the timecode. So, you can say we are engaging fans with a wide variety of looks.”
Using his rig to create crisp gobos and intense bursts of light that play off the dark spaces, Haber conjures up an evocative mood throughout the venue while also reflecting the fiery nature of his client’s music. “Their music is really fast with a ton of blast beats,” he says. “I blast a lot of light, and then counter this with really simple clean looks to break up the monotony of the strobes. Our TM/FOH Josh Graf has been a big help in keeping things interesting and our photographer Caleb Arnaud, makes us look good.”
To add an extra dimension to his show, and expand its impact beyond pure power looks, Haber shapes the stage in some innovative ways by cutting through the darkness with distinctive rotating gobos from his Maverick Force S Spots, four of which are located on pipes and two on the deck.

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