EDM Marches on with SJ Lighting and Elation Gear

Photo: Adam Kaplan, ASK Media Productions

SJ Lighting, one of the industry’s top production design firms, have called on Steve Lieberman and his team to create spectacular environments for some of the top festivals, such as those by Insomniac Events, in the U.S. year after year.

Held on 25th-26th November 2016 at the NOS Events Centre in San Bernardino, California, last year’s Dreamstate expanded to four stages with new stage designs and enhanced production to go along with the costumed performers and high-energy sounds.

SJ Lighting brought the festival’s Dream stage mega-structure to life using 76 Platinum Spot 35 Pro moving heads, 8 Colour Chorus 72 LED battens, and 120 Opti Tri 30 compact LED Par lights. Placed throughout the setup, the powerful 800W Platinum Spot 35 Pro moving head is a fixture that Lieberman says has great aerial geometric gobos with very clear definition and looks great up in the air with fog. “They also have clarity of focus and a defined edge,” he adds. The acknowledged designer again turned to Elation’s small Opti Tri 30 Par light to warm and highlight the spectacular truss elements in various shades of colour.

On the festival’s Sequence stage, some 30 award-winning Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads provided beam and spot looks while 24 Opti Tri 30 Par lights kept the truss sufficiently coloured.

Earlier in the year, Insomniac’s Halloween EDM festival, Escape Psycho Circus, returned for its fifth year on 28th-29th October 2016 at the NOS Events Centre. The festival features state-of-the-art production and creative stage designs to match the chilling atmosphere. On the festival’s Slaughterhouse stage some 184 Colour Chorus 72 LED battens were used to line the set’s horizontal LED screens top and bottom.

Meanwhile, 68 ELED TW Strips and 172 Opti Tri PAR lights provided colour for the mega-structure at the Ghoul’s Graveyard stage while 40 Platinum Beam 5R moving heads, 24 Protron 3K strobes, 14 SixPar 300 Par colour changers, and 60 EPAR Tri Par lights worked the Cannibal’s Tea Party stage.

Finally, Orlando has hosted its own version of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) since 2011 and Steve Lieberman has been lighting it ever since. The same arena-style, 360-degree immersive design that was used for the 2016 EDC Vegas Circuit Grounds stage was used at EDC Orlando with 102 Elation Colour Chorus 72 LED battens and 90 Opti Tri PAR colour changing Par lights used to highlight the spectacular truss design. Over on the Neon Garden stage, the vibes of trance, house and techno were enhanced with colour from some 61 Elar PAR 108 lights.