Elation rig for Beartooth The Journey Below livestream
Cameron Birchill has been designing lighting for metalcore rockers Beartooth since 2018 and recently turned to an Elation rig of DARTZ 360™, Artiste Picasso™ and Protron 3K Color™ luminaires for the band’s The Journey Below Livestream, where fans got their first chance to see and hear the band performing songs from their latest album Below. The livestream took place July 14th at the Clyde Theatre in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Their first livestream event, the band gave Birchill a blank canvas to design the type of show he thought would look best for an on‐camera audience. The LD subsequently contacted New York‐based rental company Squeek Lights and owner Victor Zeiser, who has worked with the band for years, including as lighting designer for a headlining 2018 tour. Not only does Zeiser know the band well, Squeek Lights have been supplying lighting for numerous livestream events over the past year and know how to eﬀectively light an event for camera.
Birchill, who also serves as lighting director and touring manager for the band, says he first envisions what each song will look like to get an idea of what type of fixture would work best. After going through Squeek’s inventory to see what eﬀects fit best, he landed on the DARTZ beam light, Picasso profile moving head and Protron strobe fixtures, incorporating 20, 24 and 12 respectively across an upstage, midstage and FOH truss as well as on sidelight towers.
Zeiser had used the narrow beam DARTZ on Beartooth’s 2018 tour and they have been a staple of Beartooth designs ever since. The first time Birchill used them he says he didn’t want to use any other beam fixture because of its versatility. “The prism eﬀect, the endless pan and tilt…there are so many cool eﬀects you can get out of them. They are just a lot of fun to design with,” he says.
It was the designer’s first experience with the Artiste Picasso, Elation’s full‐featured 23,000‐lumen LED profile, and he says he was “100% happy” with them. “The animation wheel is my favorite part of the fixture. I made some nice water eﬀects across the band on the livestream and it looked great. The power was also excellent..”