Entec’s package also featured a full complement of trussing and a star cloth backdrop that Liam lights with an array of 30 Thomas PixelLine 1044s, creating additional depth to the set.
The LD’s current lighting console preference is an MA Lighting grandMA2 light, which he runs alongside an OnPC Command Wing. It’s the latest chapter in a journey that began as an Avolites user. Liam explained: “A lot of lighting people I know started out with Avo and I eventually jumped from there to the High End Hog III and then a grandMA1, then back to a Hog III, and after a period on a ChamSys desk I’ve ended up staying with the MA2 light which suits me very well.
“Reliability is one of its strongest assets but I also find I can be more creative with it. There doesn’t seem to be any limitations to what I can achieve and it’s now what I’m used to.
“In my programming for this band, I’ve almost completely cut out any movement of the fixtures. Rather than include gratuitous use of moving light sequences, I find there is a lot of wisdom in the old phrase, ‘Less is more’, Personally, I prefer to conjure an engaging atmosphere in which the band can perform and give the audiences more of an opportunity to experience them rather than be blinded by what I’m doing.”
When chart success began to knock on Clean Bandit’s door, freelance production manager Tec Beint was called upon to guide them to the next rung of the ladder. “They had been very busy on the club circuit and it was slowly developing,” he said.
“After ‘Mozart’s House’ made the top 20 in 2013, everything started to change for them and this was the point at which their then musical director Andy Gangadeen [Duran Duran, Spice Girls, Massive Attack] asked if I would get involved and help achieve some cohesion with their touring.
“We didn’t have a designated lighting designer or operator at the time I came onboard. Several people came and went due to their other commitments, and that was the situation until we eventually discovered Liam who has been progressively improving the show since he joined us.
“With show/set designer Rob Sinclair now on board and the band being looked after by tour manager Andrew ‘Wilkie‘ Wilkinson, we now have a really slick production that goes hand in hand with the band’s increasing success and popularity.”