Visualist - VJ Jaymis on tour with Bobby Flynn

One of the many terrific snaps by photomaven LauraLovesToPhotoBands. Pray she shows up at your next gig!

We look forward to the day when visualists on music tours are norms, rather than exceptions. And no, playing lots of pre-rendered footage and/or hiding someone in the back of the house does not count. Fortunately, our own Jaymis has been lucky enough to hook up with a very lovely musician on tour in Australia, and has been right up onstage during gigs and playing live visuals that are tightly integrated aesthetically and in terms of timing with the music. This has had the effect of: a) creating wonderful touring for Jaymis and b) creating a large void in posts on CDMotion. The tour is nearly done, but while we wait, here are some snaps of what the action looks like! It certainly inspires me to push my live music sets that much further/harder/better.

Jaymis has promised lots of info from this tour, including some production/performance tips picked up along the way. Stay tuned! Really, please, stay tuned!

Related: Bobby Flynn and the Omega Three Gig Report or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Rock
Visualist - VJ Jaymis on tour with Bobby Flynn

Visualist - VJ Jaymis on tour with Bobby Flynn

Visualist - VJ Jaymis on tour with Bobby Flynn

Visualist - VJ Jaymis on tour with Bobby Flynn

  • Gilbert Bernstein

    Those look really good. How'd you get the projections so bright? Just really good projectors, or?

  • http://www.jaymis.com Jaymis

    Hi Gilbert. Sorry it took a long time to reply to your query, the tour turned out to include a lot less free time than I initially expected.

    The projectors weren't particularly bright, only about 2500 lumens I think. The secret to getting them to look bright is getting the lighting guy to keep off your damn screens :)

    In theatres this isn't so hard, they have plenty of lighting bars so you can generally use some side or top lighting on your performers, and the depth of the stage makes it easier to keep some distance between the performers and the screens.

    In clubs and smaller venues it's difficult. I found that the safest thing was to get a couple of reasonable lights setup and then get the lighting guy to leave them alone. With the back of the stage covered by projecions you don't really need much motion in the stage lighting, although a sensitive lighting operator always adds to the show.