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Published on Jun 26, 2012

Gorilla Music On Light Shows for Bands Gorilla Music Style

Hi I'm Dan Cull, the President of Gorilla Music and the Co-Author of Rock Your City.
One of my favorite subjects is lighting. Most concert clubs have lights, but no light person. When they do have a light guy, it's incredible. He should know what he's doing and he'll usually make your band look great! I recommend that you tip your light guy a few extra dollars just to get extra attention from him. This way, you can also tell him what you want.

When they don't have a light guy, you can teach someone else how to run the lights for you and you can usually get a friend to help you, at the local level your lights are as important as your sound. Here at Gorilla Music we believe that lights can make your concerts so much better for your fans. They can help make you look like a national act, while they increase the energy level on stage and in the crowd.

Most groups don't even think about lights, the sound man turns them on and leaves them up whenever seems to be on board at the time. Most lighting systems are simple. I found that the best light shows are all about movement. It's not so much about what you do with the lights; it's about creating some kind of movement with the lights. Here's the key to really looking professional, it's so simple and no one will even realize that you're doing it. Most national acts do this, but very few local groups do it, it's called a Blackout. You simply blackout the stage for two seconds in between the songs, then you have a light person turn the lights up, just a little, so the band can see just enough to prepare for the next song. If the next song starts off with a quiet guitar, put a little light on that person. After it gets loud again, use a little more or even a lot more light.

The great thing about lights is how it affects everyone in the room, including the members of the group. I promise you, the better your light show; the higher the energy level will be in the room and on stage. A few years ago I was working with a band that was scheduled to play a club I used to own. They had played this club many a times before, and the sound man had mixed them before, this was their first show there since I started working with them. Three or four songs into the set, the sound man turned to me and said "this group's great are they a national act?", when I told them who they were, he was shocked! He said "wow! I didn't even recognize them, they sound great tonight". In reality, they didn't even sound any different than the last time they played there. They were a talented, tight group of players; the sound man just wasn't used to seeing a local group act like professionals, so they got his attention. He actually listened to their songs instead of blocking them out, which is what most sound men do after mixing a few thousand groups. After the show, the band came up to me to say that this was their best show ever. A good light show can change everyone's perspective.

I'm Dan Cull from Gorilla Music, wishing you and your band the very best.

If you're interested in learning more about the music business, then visit our sites: Gorilla Music.com or RockYourCityBooks.com, thank you.

http://www.gorillamusic.com/
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