USA – Country music singer/songwriter Cole Swindell is one busy guy opening for Dierks Bentley on the “What The Hell World Tour” and headlining his own dates coast to coast. Production designers Sooner Routhier and Robert Long of SRae Productions have created a system, featuring Claypaky Mythos fixtures which do double duty for both of Swindell’s gigs.
“Cole wanted his scenic design to consist of distressed wood and metal,” says Routhier. “We were inspired by some architectural elements we had seen in our travels and pulled from those inspirations to create an asymmetrical fascia of wooden ‘pick up sticks’ that stick up at different angles.
“Behind the sticks is a back plate of corrugated metal painted to look rusted and distressed. Nestled within the sticks are tiny lights that fit nicely in the holes of the scenic. On top of the carts is a row of Mythos, and above the carts sits a videowall. Video is important to Cole, so we made sure that the video surface was a large, clean palette for content to work with.”
Routhier and Long have positioned 16 Mythos in a straight line at the top of the set. “We love that you can get so many diverse looks out of Mythos,” she says. “We use every feature in the light to make sure that every song looks different from the one before and after. We also use Claypaky A.leda B-EYE K10 fixtures on the floor, stage right and stage left, as side lighting for the band.”
Nashville’s Elite Multimedia supplied the Claypaky fixtures. “Everything from Elite was amazing!” says Routhier. “They made this entire process very, very easy.”
A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Claypaky in North America.
Francesco Romagnoli, Claypaky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “It’s great to work with Sooner and we are impressed with how she used our fixtures for this tour.“