Just as in stage lighting for performances, club lighting can equally be essential in creating a scene with the music the DJ is playing.
The best Light Jockeys and/or Designers implement lighting's controllable qualities; intensity, color, direction, and movement. These influence selective focus, visibility, and mood.
There are two thoughts that guide my process with each party/event that I'm hired for on or for my own Playground parties. One is, how can I get dance audiences to see and feel light in new ways? How can I use lighting to enhance a preexisting (preferably good) memory or create a new one with the scenes and the music sequences I selected?
Martin's Light Jockey is one of my go-to favorite lighting equipment & software programs. Somewhat analog (vintage lol) & hands-on in operation, it can be integrated with current lighting apparatuses. I find that for me, it minimizes program/software failure because it does not operate in the cloud.
But I'm not beholden to just Light Jockey as versatility in the mobile event lighting game is detrimental.
SoundSwitch is a third party software that can be linked to Serato. It has a few more bells and whistles for digital playing mediums. A good 'go-to' for most mobile DJs who predominantly use Serato.
There are a few other new event lighting accessories that I've been researching. However, as innovative 'new' hardware changes for mobile lighting occur; staying abreast with ever-evolving software changes can be just as perplexing (e.g. one big hiccup that happened to a few fellow DJs with one of the never-ending Mac software updates vs a number of lighting software-oriented programs that created mayhem for some DJs during their live sets in some cases) Rule of thumb, research (waiting) is paramount before completely committing to some of these newer technologies.
Some people have always assumed that lighting is 'easy'. Perhaps it is if you just want to string up some lighting equipment, set it and forget it. But lighting to me is a beautiful costar in a well planned, orchestrated dance of moods and energies. Great lighting and dancing enjoy a special kinship if done right.
Whether you're just starting out in the mobile event lighting circuit or if you consider yourself a seasoned professional, commanding the use of light be it a performance stage setting, or a club type dance party or special event. One should always take the effort and time to learn it, spend some money on the tools you need for it to work well, and respect the power of what it can do to beautifully accentuate your event.
It definitely adds to your arsenal of marketable skillsets which is always a good thing.
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