Mike Tyldesley, owner of MIXDISCO, shared this enchanting photo with us on the CHAUVET DJ Facebook page. This image captures a bride and groom’s first dance in the Great Hall at Dunchurch Park Hotel in Rugby, UK. Tyldesley used Rotosphere™ LED to create the simple yet elegant effect for this picture-perfect moment.
CHAUVET® DJ and TRUSST® joined forces to illuminate a fund-raising concert geared toward at-risk youth and orchestrated by Sharing Hope Empowerment and Reaction, S.H.E.A.R. Inc., a non-profit organization founded by Chauvet Quality Control Technician Anthony Durden. Durden and CHAUVET® DJ Product Coordinator Raglan Jones, outfitted the stage with 26 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures and a 24-piece TRUSST® setup.
For a prominent focal point on stage, Jones created a TRUSST®-built cross crafted from one 8.2-foot and three 3.28-foot sticks of truss, one 6-way corner block and one 30-inch base plate and warmed the structure with four SlimPAR™ Quad 6 IRC wash lights. To add dimension, he incorporated six Intimidator™ Spot LED 350 moving heads mounted atop two 3.28-foot, two 4.92-foot and two 6.56-foot sticks of TRUSST® warmed with six SlimPAR™ Quad 6 IRC wash lights into the design. Additionally, two 4BAR™ Tri wash lights provided performers with front lighting, while two Geyser™ RGB fixtures, two Impulse™ 648 strobe lights and a Nimbus™ dry-ice machine added impressive, eye-catching effects. Two Hurricane™ Haze 2D haze machines placed at the rear of the stage enhanced beams and tied the light show together. CHAUVET® DJ Product Manager Nick Airriess used the ShowXpress™ programming software to quickly and easily create a variety of looks.
“The TRUSST® trussing system gave me the freedom to create a simple design that held a prominent stage presence and coincided with the theme of the event,” Jones said. “With such limited stage space, a clear focal point and accent totems illuminated with CHAUVET® DJ gear proved to be the most effective setup and really enhanced the live performances.”
The event, featuring live performances as well as seminars on overcoming peer pressure, bullying, drug abuse and homelessness, was a first for S.H.E.A.R., Inc. Nearly 300 people attended. The event raised money for at-risk youth to attend summer programs held at the Miami Rescue Mission.
“This event planted a tremendous seed into the minds of our parents, young adults and youth who are living in South Florida,” Durden said. “I am honored to serve our community in such a powerful way and I am grateful and thankful to CHAUVET® DJ and TRUSST® who teamed up to help.”
We have to share these “before” and “after” photos with you. CHAUVET® DJ VIP Rewards member Cathryn Miller, aka DJ Cat, uses 10 SlimPAR™ 56 wash lights to transform this venue into a dream-like wedding event. Miller, who owns Outback Entertainment and has 25 years of experience (mainly in Australia), is a permanent club DJ in South Carolina who also specializes in weddings and festivals. In addition to SlimPAR™ 56 wash lights, her setup includes the following CHAUVET® DJ fixtures: 4PLAY™, Comet™ LED, Sweeper™ LED, 6SPOT™, MiN™ lasers and a Hurricane™ fog machine.
“Lighting set the mood for this event and created the elegant atmosphere depicted in the photos,” Miller said. “SlimPAR™ 56 is my favorite CHAUVET® DJ fixture — for a very simple, compact light, the effect is nothing short of amazing.”
Tune in as Johnathan Lewis, aka DJ Tutor, puts COLORband™ PiX-M on the review bench. A must-have LED fixture for mobile DJs, bands or nightclubs, COLORband™ PiX-M is powered by 12 tri-color LEDs and features DMX controllable motors to sweep back and forth, or from position to position, creating movement and dynamic effects. Get an overview of its operation, check out the built-in programs and see it action.
To create a fun and energetic atmosphere during a 21st birthday party held at a private residence in South Africa, Ijan Maasz, owner of I.M. Soundz, uses 13 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures to add splashes of color and movement. Maasz, who caters to weddings, birthdays, school and corporate functions, artist performances and all other private parties, is responsible for the sound, lighting, music and entertainment at each gig. For this particular celebration, he used the following gear: four SlimPAR™ 64 and four SlimPAR™ 56 wash lights, 4PLAY™ and 4PLAY™ CL effect lights, a CHAUVET® DJ lighting stand, an Obey™ 70 DMX controller and a Hurricane™ 1300 fog machine. Read on for his take on event lighting.
“Without incorporating lighting into this type of event, it simply would not be the same,” Ijan Maasz said. “Lighting makes the music come to life and allows you to create an atmosphere. After every event, customers always tell me how impressed they are with the lighting setup and how it drastically improved their experience. They are also amazed at the amount of effects produced by such a small number of fixtures.
SlimPAR™ wash lights, as well as the Hurricane™ 1300, are my favorite fixtures used at this event. SlimPar™ 64 is an extremely bright wash light that emits warm colors and can be used at almost any event for uplighting, stage lighting or adding effects to the dance floor. SlimPAR™ 56 is perfect for uplighting because of its beam angle and rich colors. Both fixtures can be setup and torn down in minutes, are easy to program, take up a minimal amount of space and are very lightweight.
Another fixture that makes a big difference is the Hurricane™ 1300 fog machine. It has a short warm up time and fills almost any room with fog within minutes. I am amazed at how little fog fluid it uses for the amount of fog it generates. It makes the lighting come alive and brings out the best of each fixture.”
Greg Hinchley, owner of IDJ Entertainment, started DJing at the age of 13 and now has 24 years of experience under his belt including 14 seasons dedicated to weddings. He has a collection of 32 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures to choose from when it comes to lighting events, including: four LXW™, two 4PLAY™ and two 6SPOT™ effect lights, two 4BAR™ all-in-one wash lighting systems, a Nimbus™ professional dry-ice machine, 17 wireless Freedom™ PAR RGB wash lights and four Intimidator™ Spot LED 350 moving heads. He recently used the Nimbus™ and other CHAUVET® DJ gear at a wedding — read on to see how guests reacted and check out some photos.
“My favorite Chauvet fixture used during this event was the Nimbus™,” Hinchley said. “When the first blast of the fog disseminated, you were able to hear gasps of appreciation from guests. No one had ever attended an event and experienced the type of effect Nimbus™ is capable of producing. We were able to run it for three spotlight songs and even had time at the end for the children in attendance to play in the clouds. My uplighting fixtures are my go-to lights. The room was blacked out and all the lighting performed flawlessly.
All of our events feature Chauvet and I’m happy with the product — the lights are very easy to program, setup time is minimal and the look is professional. Thank you Chauvet for all that you do in order to keep us mobile.”
Every year, the Baltimore Area DJ Association (BADJA) hosts an annual cookout for all of its members. Mark Whipple, program director for BADJA and owner of The Sound Investment DJ Co., hosted this year’s event and threw a pool party complete with good food and camaraderie. To add excitement to the event, Chris Bartosik, BADJA member and owner of Raptor Productions, brought his Nimbus™ professional dry-ice machine and flooded the pool with thick clouds of low-lying fog. Thank you to Alex Kolego, BADJA member and owner of An Event to Remember Entertainers, for sharing this photo with us on the CHAUVET® DJ Facebook page.
Michael Iffla, owner of Iffla’s Productions, uses 14 CHAUVET® DJ fixtures to add excitement and ambiance to a school dance held at Lanier High School in Austin, Texas. During this event, he used the following fixtures: four LEDrain™ 64C, two LEDrain™ 38C, four COLORsplash™ Jr., LED Techno Strobe™ RGB, Eclipse™ RGB and Scorpion™ Burst GB. He also incorporated a Hurricane™ 1300 fog machine into this setup to accentuate the light show and programmed all the fixtures using the ShowXpress™ software.
“Lighting makes the show — it gives the “wow” factor and that’s what we try to capture at every event,” Iffla said. “My favorite fixture used at this event is the Scorpion™ Burst GB laser — hands down. I’ve only had it for a month, but with the right programming, it can take your setup to a new level. For example, use ShowXpress™ to black out all the lighting except Scorpion™ Burst GB — everyone will point and look at it saying, ‘awww awesome.’ I’ve used it at three proms this year and that was the response I received each time.”
Super bob, a 4-member band located in Virginia who plays rock music with a touch of go-go and hip hop mixed in, uses 10 Chauvet fixtures to light the stage during live performances. This video, taken at the Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille in Prince Frederick, Maryland, features a performance lit with four COLORrail™ IRC linear wash lights, two Q-Spot™ 160-LED moving heads and four LED PAR 64 Tri-B wash lights. When they are not performing as musicians, Jimmy Thacker and his partner run sound and lighting for Super bob’s live shows.
“Right now, my favorite fixture is the COLORrail™ IRC — wow, what a light,” Thacker said. “We received these fixtures two days before the show and barely scratched the surface in terms of programming. The colors are VERY bright, the built-in chase effects are excellent and I love that it operates on 120v. Also, the daisy-chain feature and 26 channels of DMX control per light allow you to put on one heck of a show. For lighting performances in small clubs and bars, this light is perfect for our needs. I believe a good light show enhances a band’s performance and makes the crowd feel like they are at a show. The eyes and ears go hand in hand — if your lights move with the music, you not only create a mood that you hear, but also see and feel. As a musician, I know first-hand that good lighting makes all the difference in the world — there is more enthusiasm on stage so you add that extra pose or throw in a drumstick twirl. Again, I would like to thank Chauvet for making a great product for the weekend warriors like ourselves.”
Music Trends, one of the first independently owned DJ gear and pro audio stores on Long Island, showed their gratitude and hosted a Chauvet Customer Appreciation night. Bob Savarese, owner of Music Trends, and his team coordinated the event which included demonstrations of the latest CHAUVET® DJ lighting and TRUSST® trussing systems, bonus CHAUVET® DJ VIP Rewards points and the chance to win free gear. The battery-powered Freedom™ and EZ™ series, as well as the TRUSST® Goal Post Kit, proved to be crowd favorites. Attended by Bruce Garry, northeast regional representative of BMG Sales, and Bob Laino, northeast territory sales manager for CHAUVET® DJ, the event was a huge success amongst attendees – scroll on for photos!