Post Paradise is a quartet of musicians in Fort Collins, CO who plays alternative indie rock and uses CHAUVET® DJ lighting. The unique instrumentation of vocals, guitar, bass, drums and lead cello give the band options for melodic content that has been amassing a generous buzz around Northern Colorado. Read on and get to more about them.
1. How did you come up with the name of your band?
We came up with Post Paradise after I moved from Florida to Fort Collins, CO. Everyone thought Florida was paradise, but I didn’t quite agree — at least from a musical standpoint. When I moved to Fort Collins, the music scene was so amazing and I realized I found what comes after paradise.
2. How many members are there?
Post Paradise is made up of four musicians: Nick Duarte (vocals and guitar), Amy Morgan (cello), Chris Santolla (bass) and and Mark Roshon (drums and vocals).
3. What type of music do you play?
We play original alternative/indie rock with a lead cello. We’re based out of Fort Collins, and we play locally as well as regionally. The farthest we’ve traveled to play is either Rhode Island or Austin, Texas for SXSW. As I write this we’re getting ready for a festival show at Red Rocks Amphitheater with the Silversun Pickups later today!
4. What CHAUVET® fixtures are included in your setup?
We currently mount two Fallout™ and two Trident™ effect lights on stands and place them on either side of the stage, behind our amps, to project effects. Our drummer has a MiniSphere™ 3 behind him that shoots beams up and out through the drums. To enhance the lighting effects, we use a Hurricane haze machine. It does a killer job and the lights wouldn’t look like much without it —we love that thing. We use three COLORpalette™ wash lights at the front of the stage to wash each musician. Last week we purchased wireless D-Fi™ Tx 2.4 and D-Fi™ Rx 2.4 units so we won’t have to run cables along the stage anymore.
5. Are they permanently installed somewhere or do you set them up for each performance?
We travel and tour with our lights, so we have to set them up before every show. We usually don’t get a lot of time for setup (sometimes as little as 15-20 minutes including sound check) so decreasing our lighting setup time is key. Our lights used to take about 10 minutes to set up, but we think that can be cut that in half with the wireless units. Wherever we go, we have the venue kill all of the stage lights and use our own setup. We run our show off a Logic click track so everything is completely programmed to follow the mood of the songs themselves.
6. A show without lights is like…
A show without lights is like a cake without icing — it’s still tasty but not nearly as awesome.