Prime Circle and a dot2
SOUTH AFRICA: Chart-topping South African rock band Prime Circle have added a dot2 core with the dot2 F-wing modular playback expansion to their touring inventory. The band’s decision to invest in the console follows a recent surge in popularity in Europe as a result of their recent single, Ghosts, and came from bassist Marco Gomes who stays involved in production aspects and wanted lighting designer Vincent van Niekerk to have full control during their increased touring schedule, as well as something portable for easy transport to gigs at home and abroad.
The purchase was facilitated by DWR Distribution, which has maintained a good relationship with Prime Circle, supplying the band with equipment for a number of years. MA 3D visualiser software was bundled with the console, reportedly providing Mr van Niekerk with increased flexibility and efficiency when designing shows and drawing plots.
‘I had an initial three hour training session with DWR’s Gareth Chambers and then went straight out on a 10 day tour,’ recalled Mr van Niekerk. ‘This included headlining the main Rhodes Theatre venue at this year’s Grahamestown Festival and I had only a couple of hours to create that show using 80 moving lights. That’s when I fell in love with the console!’
The band’s lighting designer was able to apply movement across a group of fixtures, both accurately and quickly. Following Grahamestown Festival, the dot2 was put to use again, programming the lighting for a high profile gathering of representatives from the entertainment industry in Johannesburg. Due to delays the band and Mr van Niekerk were running late and the lighting designer was afforded only 15 minutes to organise the show, pulling it off on the band’s new console. ‘I was really delighted with how quickly everything came together,’ he said. He also plans to use the dot2 to trigger the band’s media server and to run video in addition to the lights in future.
‘Prime Circle, with their work ethic and their approach to production values, are quite unique in South Africa right now. They fully understand the importance of having the right tools for the job and that being able to produce the best looking and sounding shows can boost their live performance reputation,’ said DWR’s Duncan Riley. ‘For us and for MA, it’s really awesome to be associated with a top artist like this.’