Matt “Jonezy” Jones and ChamSys give Evanoff new look
When Colorado dream rockers Evanoff went to a G. Jones show recently they were impressed with the infinite pans and tilts that fed off the energy of Jones’ musical performances, that they talked to their lighting designer Matt “Jonezy” Jones about moving away from the video -heavy look of their last tour and going with a beefier moving beam design. Jones was only too happy to oblige. Drawing on his ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 with wings, he created a deep, saturated other-worldly show with EDM-style visuals that wraps the band in immersive blankets of light from 36 moving fixtures. Jones positioned many of his movers in ways he rarely has before. “I don’t usually do this when I design rigs, but I yoked many of my movers straight out,” he said.
“I am usually not a fan of this type of hang, as it can take considerably longer to get perfect angles and beams to cross just right. But in my experience, when using infinite pan/tilt, this is one of the most valuable ways to hang.” A ChamSys user for over 10 years, Jones relied on the pan/tilt offset features of this MagicQ MQ80 to help him align his beam angles. In addition to his MQ80 console, Jones used his execute wing for most of his FX, as well as strobes, gobos and prisms, and all of his “hard looks.” His extra wing was relied on for beam positions, as well as all FX speed and size masters. Designing his show in Vectorworks, Jones exported it to LIGHTCONVERSE, and patched the ChamSys console and PreVis.