Australian electronic band Rüfüs Du Sol recently began their 2017 North America Autumn tour playing 2 sell-out shows at Oakland’s Fox Theatre, along with headlining slots at CRSSD Fest in San Diego, CA and Austin City Limits in Austin, TX. LD Matthew Smith, of Australian lighting design team, Colourblind, provided stunning visuals to match band’s style.
Helping to create these effects were the well-established impression German Light Products X4 Bar 20 and impression X4 S from GLP — supplied by VER, along with all other lighting and audio requirements. Smith was excited by the prospect of using the GLP X4 Bars for the 2017 USA touring cycle; having used them for a previous tour in Australia, he was eager to push them to their full potential.
“I’ve been a big fan of the GLP X4 range since I took a number of GLP X4 Wash lights on another Australian tour in 2014. They’re an incredibly reliable unit — both bright and fast, with a great zoom range and very nice saturated colours,” says Smith. And he has been using GLP lights ever since. With Rüfüs Du Sol, we used GLP extensively on our Australian tour in 2016. We were the first to take the X4 Bar 20s and X4 atoms around Australia, both of which are now favourite fixtures of mine.”
Smith was eager to find a fixture that was small enough to be transported easily, and yet could provide the power typically seen in a much larger fixture. “For the US run, we needed to fit the rig and backline into a bus trailer, so we opted for the X4 S. The units are small but very punchy and they look fantastic in rooms like the Fox in Oakland but not out of place on larger stages like CRSSD Festival in San Diego, Austin City Limits or even when we played Red Rocks earlier in 2017.”
Smith joined Colourblind as a partner in 2014, and the first client that Colourblind Founder Lynden Gare and Smith worked on together was Rüfüs Du Sol. “It’s been a fantastic journey watching their popularity grow, not only back home in Australia, but over in the USA as well.”