How to light a stage for a Band
A musical band’s show should be a destination to receive power, energy and great music. But, many people neglect the fact that suitable stage lighting plays a significant part in highlighting the band members’ performance, expressions and set the tone of the event when they try to interact with the audience. If lighting synchronizes with the musicians on the stage, especially capturing their erratic moments, it’s undoubtedly will be going to create a massive impact on the audience.
To set up stage lighting for a musical band is not an easy process. The professional team has to figure out what lights to buy, what cables to use to generate and make a great lighting show, while a band is performing. But there are some influential points to consider for unforgettable band lighting. Keep reading to learn how to do band lighting right.
Band Lighting Basics
Band and concert lighting is usually confined and kept lower in brightness. It is because, during a concert, the focus must be on the band performing on stage and not on the audience. However, some band looks even include lighting the audience via blinders and moving lights, but just for a while.
The job of the lighting designer here is to bring the audience’s attention to the band and keep them focused. Therefore, most installations of the fixtures are on the backlight truss for band lighting. The backlight is useful to emphasize on dynamics, colours and other effects on stage. This stage light is also able to make exceptional graphic designs in the air, and it looks marvellous with haze.
Vibrant, dynamic and flashy lighting
The band lighting should be vibrant, dynamic and flashy to rock the show. The lighting effects should carry a design that supports the musical genre. For instance, when a band is playing soft, slow and sad music, then the stage lighting must be kept undisruptive and cool. On the other hand, for an energetic rock band, the lighting has to be more dynamic and showy, somehow even flashy.
When lighting a band, coloured lighting is also crucial. Although there are no set rules for coloured lighting, it must the in sync to the music and must not look odd to the eyes.
Tiny colour shifts of white, red and blue make an imperative impact when lighting a metal band. The full spectrum flashy hues look perfect when a pop band is performing. If a lighting designer is well aware of how to play with coloured effects, then he/she can loosely experiment with the lights and wait for the audience’s surprising reaction.
The lighting designer has to feel like another member of the band to flawlessly follow their movements and synchronize lighting effects with the performance.