Sunday, 2 October 2016

By-Cyclic Existence

My first major gig doing onstage visuals was at the Town & Country club in Kentish Town for the promoter.
Headlining were a band I’d never heard of - Gaye Bykers On Acid
Post show I was quickly asked if I wanted to join them on tour and before I knew it I was on Stewed To The Gills - my first Rock tour. Since then I’ve worked in 56 countries on countless shows - Johnny Cash, Sting, Bowie, Elton John, Duran Duran, The Orb, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead, Aphex Twin.
25 years later and I find myself back at the same venue with the same band and still loving it like it was the first time.
In case you were wondering, I used resolume for playback. The old byker vids had their audio replaced with a metronome click which resolume picked up with it's automated beat looper, so I can get it to play video samples that loop to the beat. I then midi mapped the playhead for each clip to a rotator, so i could scroll to any point in the movie then set it all to randomise, which is how I got some of the guitar solos up on screen at the right time.. next time, I'll put in some goto points so I can hit solos and chorus bang on.. it was worth all the effort as I had the time of my life and best of all, I was home by nine… lol

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Gaye Bykers On Acid

25 years later and it seems like no time at all.
I turned up at the first show of the tour and had a fantastic evening.. Loved every minute of it.
Hope I don't have to wait another 25 years to see them again.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Not quite home yet

It's planetarium time again. 
This time up in the wilds of Quebec. 
I get to spend a few days winding down from Duran by the St. Laurence Seaway in splendid isolation...
Tempted to just stay here ....

Monday, 12 September 2016

The Ending

Duran USA, 19,485 miles, 50 shows, 96 days.
It's done. 
We all leave the tour fulfilled and with an enormous sense of achievement. It's been a genuine privilege to be a part of such an incredible experience. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

I can almost feel it now, like the first chill of Autumn.
The ache when you say goodbye to people whose lives you have touched, knowing it will be at least years and maybe never until next time.
The moment when you are totally alone in the dark under the stage with the band playing above you and you know that any day now, you’ll be back in the UK and it will all seem like it was a dream. But what a dream! UK, Italy, USA/ Canada 3 times!!! - and they pay me to do it! I get paid to make people happy!!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Fame & the back of my head

Yup you guys can only dream of being as famous as the back of my head..

Friday, 20 May 2016

Chas & Dave

First Baby Metal, now the East End's finest as support...
Oh my, what a weekend we have in store.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Bucket list fiasco

Well of course, it all made such perfect sense, having dreamed as a 14 year old of riding a Harley Davidson Electroglide through the vast American Mid-West back in that council house in Nottingham.
So without hesitation I booked a Harley on my day off in Vegas and headed out into the desert.
Now then, what is it that we know about the desert? Ah yes, it never rains.
But it seems that Hail Stones aren't included as you can see from the leopard skin pattern bruises I have as a souvenir of riding into a desert hailstorm at 60mph. Confident it would only last a few seconds I pressed on, only to be pelted with ice cubes the size of grapes for a further very long 3 minutes.
If that wasn't enough, the Electroglide proved to be a dreadful machine to ride. Fine on the highway, a total nightmare around town.

Sod this bucket list nonsense...

Monday, 4 April 2016

Roadie Fridays

Touring - 
I left my hotel room, got in the minibus, checked into the airport, changed planes twice, took another bus to the next hotel and checked into exactly the same room. 1100 miles apart and even the tea bags were the same. Roadie Fridays can be very disorientating.
You finally go out and almost everywhere is closed, or empty.
Never mind, show tomorrow..

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Rack Building

Once again we are configuring our video devices ready for the coming Duran Duran world tour.

A day at the races

More fulldome - this time at the racecourse in Doha.
The Bobboes were beautiful.

The line up from hell

A relatively simple task.. lining up 8 projectors with blends on a flat screen.  Luckily I dodged the bullet on this one and it was the French projectionist who had to deal with the utter chaos caused by the venue manager turning on the AC halfway through the show, thereby moving the screen 4" out of place and destroying the perfect line-up.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Souq Waqif

Despite the best efforts of the migrant workers and ex-pats, we managed to put together a cracking Fulldome show for the Children's Festival in Qatar..

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Monday, 16 November 2015

Paris Attacks

Thankfully, good friend and long term Tour Manager for the Orb Steev Toth, escaped unharmed from the tragedy that befell the Eagles of Death Metal gig in Paris last week where he was working.
Glad he's ok, devastated by the events in Paris.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Music Cube

What indeed could be more perfect than a gig where you can't hear the band.
Behold the Sennheiser Music Cube.
Now if only we could figure out a way of keeping them in there forever....