Lighting and visuals designer Jvan Morandi has kicked off his first tour with indie rockers The Kooks, who have just kicked off a UK and European tour, with lighting, LED screens and several custom elements supplied by west London rental specialist, Colour Sound Experiment.
Morandi’s set embraces a range of styles characterized by The Kooks own distinctive style, and for every number, he brings an individual look, theme or ambience.
The tour is also Morandi’s first with Colour Sound as a supplier. He said: “Colour Sound was also able to come up with a cost-efficient package to fit an expedient budget which has stretched in all possible directions to ensure that the band receive the very best production values. It made things additionally straightforward dealing with one company as a lighting and video supplier.”
The Listen album was released in September and this touring campaign started with some warm-ups for which Morandi used vintage 1990 CRT TVs to display visuals.
“It looked uber-cool but they were completely impractical to be on the road, so when the full tour kicked in, these were replaced with Colour Sound’s own proprietary BT LED screen,” said Morandi.
A total of 11 individual screens are made up from 6mm and 18mm BT product to create an off-beat fragmented look.
The 11 screens are all built into custom frames so they can be slotted together. There are 7 x half metre square and 4 x 1 metre square screens in the 6mm pitch dotted around the stage, multiplying the layers of luminosity, with a larger 5 x 4 metre surface upstage centre made from 20 mm pitch.
The individual screens are mounted on a combination of modified upright trussing sections and scaff pipes and on custom floor bases, all specially constructed by Colour Sound and designed to pack into dollies for transportation and quick in / out deployment.