Hayden lets JDC1 loose on Hoodie Allen
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
hoodieAmerican rap artist Hoodie Allen toured the UK and Europe (photo: Jordan Knight)
Europe - Hayden Borgars has covered a broad spectrum of shows during his career as a lighting designer, including various music genres, corporate, dance and theatre.
Most recently he joined forces with American rap artist, Hoodie Allen (real name Steven Markowitz) for a British and European tour, at venues ranging from the 700-capacity Garage Glasgow to 2,000 Shepherds Bush Empire. Travelling with him throughout was an inventory of GLP X4 Bar 20s and JDC1 hybrid strobes, supplied by rental company, Siyan.
The tour was set up essentially as a pre-album promo tour in advance of Hoodie’s next album release this month.
Given the nature of the venues, Hayden simply assembled a powerful and scalable GLP floor package, giving him both versatility and big looks. He admitted he had been eager to use the JDC1s for some time, and his hunger only increased after GLP UK’s David Stewart introduced the three-facet low profile hybrid out in the real world, at Bring Me The Horizon’s Alexandra Palace show.
“It’s the first time I had seen them used in a show and I was hugely impressed,” he says. “I also sent a video to Hoodie and he reacted the same way. It’s such an aggressive strobe that it immediately came to mind when I was planning this tour.”
He programmed the fixtures in Mode 3 (68 DMX channels) with pixel chasers, blinders and beam effects, and also used them to wash the stage. He set them stage left, stage right, either side of the drum kit and on risers, with the X4 Bar 20s also on the ground at the back of the stage.
(Jim Evans)

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