There are people specially trained to turn your concert into an event. Here are some of the critical staff you need to get to pimp your next gig out.
Set Designer: Yes, you can hit the stage with just your wonderful voice and a guitar and still leave the audience with goosebumps. But if you want your gig to become a spectacle that will be talked about for generations, you need to bring in a set designer. They work with you to put the vision you have for your show on paper and then on the physical stage. Besides making sure the stage is as glamorous as it can be, they make sure it’s safe. You don’t want what happened to Diddy at the BET Awards ceremony happening to you.
Stage Manager: Without a stage manager no mega music festival or kids’ school musical would ever be enjoyable. They take care of any detail, great and small that ensures the show goes on smoothly. Smooth transitions between sets are one of their key functions and they are the ones who keep an eye on all the other different crews running around on stage and backstage. Artists deeply appreciate stage managers too. They’re the ones who ensure they have a good supply of bottled water for the duration of the show and a towel to dry their foreheads. They arrange for snacks backstage to replenish lost calories as well.
Lighting Designer: What would a gig, especially a metal show, be without the wild flashing lights? While your cousin Joe can do a job, he can’t synchronize the swinging flashlights to the thrashing guitars. And working those lights during the show is not where his job starts. He needs to sit down with the band in question, and find how they envision their show. He then needs to assess the venue and see if the dazzling vision of cascading colors and lightning can actually be achieved. The power capabilities of the hall or stadium also need to be factored in when lighting instruments are being selected. That’s why they’re called lighting designers these days, not just lighting technicians.
Special Effects Engineer: The pyrotechnics that bamboozled you the last concert you went for didn’t happen by chance. Somebody selected them from a store and put them where they knew they wouldn’t be a hazard, and cleared them once their work was done. This is just one of the duties of a special effects technician. If there are water effects on stage or confetti cannons to be fired, they have a hand in that too.
Choreographer: If your music is dance-intensive, you have to have a skilled dance crew to back you. A choreographer will not only hand-select the right dancers, they’ll get you the right number to ensure you get the most out of them. They are in charge of ensuring dance moves are executed to the microsecond in perfect harmony. If you can’t yet afford Shane Sparks, contact one of the teachers in your local dance school.
Now get out there and rock that show!
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