Jacob Sartorius looks to the future with Chauvet
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
jacobsartorius3photocredit-dallas-bowshierJacob Sartorius’ current tour evokes images of cyberspace (photo: Dallas Bowshier)
USA - With its intersecting patterns of light wrapping around a diamond-shaped configuration of risers, and cool colour schemes, the stage on Jacob Sartorius’ current tour evokes images of cyberspace. It is a fitting impression, since this Top 40 teenage artist found fame on the internet in 2016, when he was the ninth most frequently searched musical artist.
Lenny Sasso, who lit Sartorius’ first headlining shows two years ago, came up with the futuristic concept for the singer’s 2018 tour. Helping him in this endeavour was a collection of Chauvet Professional Épix Strip Tour and Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures, supplied by Squeek Lights.
Sasso arranged the linear fixtures in a matrix-like formation, filling the upstage area with light while creating a high-tech look. “I knew that I wanted to wrap the band in Épix Strips,” says Sasso. “It was just something that I kind of dreamt up. After several different designs, this was the one I landed on. It all revolved around the placement of the risers in that diamond style, which was something that we had done on Jacob’s original tours. Wrapping the fixtures around the upstage side of the risers pulled it all together.”
A total of 32 Épix Strip Tour fixtures was used in the wrap-around design. Hung on eight 10’ vertical pipes and 12 8’ horizontal pipes, the Épix units displayed light as well as video content run from a laptop with Resolume software.
Also arranged on the pipe structure were eight Rogue R1 FX-B fixtures, each with five individually controlled moving heads. Drawing on the versatility of this fixture, Sasso added a myriad of “futuristic vibe looks” to his upstage display.
“Because of the layout of the FX-Bs and how their light criss-crosses, they give us a lot of geometric patterns. They also make the room look larger, regardless of how I arrange them,” says Sasso. “We got some nice ‘spaceship’ looking positions that I loved from the FX-B fixtures.
Adding extra colour and depth to Sasso’s lightshow, as well as aerial effects, are six Rogue R1 Wash fixtures arranged across the deck near the risers. “We get great colours out of the wash fixtures,” explains Sasso.
(Jim Evans)

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