GLP rocks with Kentucky’s My Morning Jacket
Thursday, 10 October 2019
glpMMJ had been on hiatus for 17 months before embarking on a limited four-date run in August (photo: Jay Blakesberg)
USA - For the past two decades, Kentucky band My Morning Jacket (MMJ) has been serving up its own brand of rock music.
Piloting their lightshow for over 13 years has been Marc Janowitz of E26 Design, frequently drawing on different generations of GLP LED solutions to meet his requirements.
The entire impression range has provided him with a solid workhorse - he was the first LD to take the original impression X4 on the road when it was launched. “The wash lights have been part of my toolbox for many years - from X4 S to X4 XL and all in between. Now adding the X4 Bars to that the family just makes perfect sense.”
MMJ had been on hiatus for 17 months before embarking on a limited four-date run in August - the reason for the new scenography. This included two shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, one at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester, New York (to celebrate the 20th anniversary and reissue of their first record) and a further show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. “From shop prep to the end of the tour was less than three weeks,” notes Marc. “We wanted to make sure that the first shows back after so many months looked new and fresh.”
He said the band had wanted different ‘shapes’ of light. “So I updated the design and added six pods across the back. Each pod had a crystal shape with the outline of the shape, incorporating, among other fixtures, X4 Bar 20s with a JDC1 [GLP hybrid strobe] in the centre.”
The addition of the X4 Bars to the design he described as “seamless”. Explaining this, he said, “The show already had so much carry-over programming with the X4 and X4 S from previous MMJ tours and I wanted to build from that. Because the engine is the same, the colour space and the reaction time of all the fixtures melded together seamlessly, and the X4 Bar 20 was a great tool for that application.”
Reviewing the JDC1 hybrid, he remarks: “While I’ve always loved a good xenon strobe I felt it was time to add more versatility and variety to the arsenal. I’d been impressed by the JDC1 since I first had my face melted by it at LDI a few years back. In fact I still have the sunglasses,” he quips. “I was glad to finally get to take them out for a spin.
“I ran the JDC’s in 68-channel mode so that I could break up the face and make it sparkle. They were part of the Hog pixel map as well - they are impressive in their abilities as white strobes, colour strobes, eye candy, motion inducing, or even just as audience or stage wash.”
The equipment was supplied by Pulse Lighting. “They provided great support,” says Marc. “Paul and Mikey, being LD’s themselves, have a knack for predicting what a designer might need and helping to prepare for that ahead of time.” Also an essential part of his team was assistant LD/ FOH tech, Chase Nichols.
(Jim Evans)

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