Chauvet lights Killswitch album livestream
Wednesday, 8 September 2021
kse-livestream1The band performed at an empty 2,200-capacity venue
USA - Stuffed animals aren’t something usually associated with a band like hardcore metal giants Killswitch Engage. Still, the fluffy playthings helped create a sense of intimacy this summer when the Grammy-nominated quintet recorded a video of their latest album Atonement.
The band, which normally plays at jam-packed venues, was performing at an empty 2,200-capacity venue, The Palladium in Worcester, MA, for the video. To encourage them to look out into the “audience” despite the vacant hall, their long-time lighting designer, Cody James hid stuffed unicorns in the seats.
That worked for the band. As for the fans watching the video, James fostered a powerful, you-are-there feeling by unleashing a torrent of genuine concert looks with help from a beefy collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by JDI Productions.
“After some long conversations, my PM Josh Mihlek and I decided we wanted the band’s fans to get an experience as close as possible to a true to live show,” said James. “With that thought in mind, I went ‘full Killswitch’ with our looks. We just went for it as hard as we could with help from our light crew Paul Maloof and Peter Therrien to bring an exact live show experience to people’s screens.”
James pre-programmed the show and stored it in cue stacks and scene windows, but ran it in a busking style. “I like having to trigger everything myself,” he said. “I think it’s from all the years of running par cans.”
The show took place in two locations within the Palladium. The first segment shot in the main hall featured the complete 11-song set from the Atonement album. KSE then played songs from their first (1999) album in an upstairs room.
A collection of 16 Rogue R1 FX-B, 12 Maverick MK1 Spot, six Maverick MK1 Hybrid and 16x Rogue R2 Wash fixtures made up the main floor rig; while the upstairs show was lit by 24 COLORdash Par-Quad 7 RGBA units.

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