Sensuous Enemy, based in Madison, Wis., is an electronic band that travels throughout the United States and uses CHAUVET® DJ fixtures in its setup. Read on and get to know about this group that are sharing their sound with music lovers everywhere.
1. How did you come up with the name of your band?
We wanted a name that encapsulated the themes in our music — sexuality, emotion, love, religion, discord and politics – and what we were for and against. Sensuous Enemy was the result.
2. How many members are there?
Sensuous Enemy is comprised of five members: Jai (vocals and keyboard), John (guitar, bass, keyboard and programming), Chris (drums and programming), Bob (keyboard) and Katja (keyboard).
3. What type of music do you play?
Our band plays electronic, female-fronted rock music. The sounds of powerful female vocals are mixed with heavy guitars, driving EBM synthesizers, drum machines, orchestral strings and piano. We are based in Madison, Wis. and have band members located in Milwaukee and Chicago. We pay mainly in Madison, but also perform in in Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, New York City, Washington DC, Charlottesville and more.
4. What CHAUVET® fixtures are included in your setup?
Our current setup includes the following fixtures: six SlimPAR™ 64 wash lights, two Q-Spot™ 160-LED moving heads, a Scorpion™ Sky laser, and a Hurricane™ hazer. All the fixtures are synchronized to our backing tracks using the MIDI software. SlimPAR™ uplights the front, middle and back of the stage. Q-Spot™ 160-LED is great for spotlighting members, sweeping over the crowd, projecting moving patterns through the haze and creating an atmosphere. Though I’m sure it has more effects, Scorpion™ Sky projects a liquid sky effect and that is the only thing I care about in a laser.
5. Are they permanently installed somewhere or do you set them up for each performance?
It takes approximately 20 minutes to set up. Each show has its own layout based on the size of the venue and shape of the stage, so setup time can vary.
6. Complete this thought: A show without lights is like…
Seeing a movie with the house lights left on — it is a huge barrier and you lose yourself in the experience. The best live shows play on the five senses and use that to draw you in — lights are a big part of that.