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The Temple Gets Some Lockdown Lighting Magic with Chauvet DJ
USA – With its gritty industrial warehouse looks, The Temple offered a powerfully evocative setting for SxWxP when the doom metal band was looking to shoot a video for its new song Cup of Sorrows. Only one thing was missing: a punchy, production level lighting rig. No worries though, the band was ready to transport their own lights from their Louisville base to this small Indiana town 90 miles away.
As a metal musician himself, Doug Taylor, manager of The Temple, was impressed not only with SxWxP’s growling performance, but also by the way their light show generated a volcanic eruption of visual energy that swept over the whole club. “This experience made us realise that we needed to replace our 25W party bulbs with a real lighting system,” said Taylor, whose brother owns the club.
Convinced as he was by what he saw at the 23 February video shoot, Taylor embarked on a program to upgrade The Temple’s lighting system. His first step was to acquire 16 Chauvet DJ SlimPAR 64 RGBA fixtures, which he planned to install in two rows over the club’s stage.
The Temple was scheduled to have the fixtures up and ready for a show in March. Like so many other plans around the world, however, this one came to a screeching halt in the wake of COVID-19.
By the time the SlimPAR units arrived at The Temple, the club was already closed because of the prohibition on public gatherings. Then the Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb declared a general lockdown throughout the state.
Following this announcement Taylor had two days to install his new lights before he could no longer travel to the club. Undeterred, he put up his two rows of new lights, ran a dynamic eye-popping light show and videoed it for sharing on Facebook.
“I wanted to show what these lights could do,’ said Taylor. “These are challenging times, but The Temple will get through them.”
And when it does, it will have one exciting lighting rig!
5th May 2020
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