When Los Angeles’ hottest dance club, Avalon Hollywood, books a world-famous DJ like Markus Schulz to spin a raging 9-hour set, they need a first-class lightshow to give the visual excitement to match the music. Avalon Lighting Designer, Richie Worboys, relies on the ADJ Lighting Vizi Series moving heads to give him the performance and looks he needs for this type of world-class dance event.
The first weekend of September, Avalon Hollywood hosted world-famous DJ/Remixer/Producer, Markus Schulz for a marathon EDM set called, “Open to Close,” where the German born Schulz, famous in the electronic dance music industry with six mix compilations, four artist albums and a host of remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, Madonna, Everything But The Girl, Fat Boy Slim and more, played a solid nine hour heart-pounding set of dance music to a sold out crowd of 1,500 dance music fanatics.
With Avalon Hollywood planning for this to be an extra special night on their calendar, the club’s lighting designer, Richie Worboys, turned to ADJ’s Vizi series of moving heads to help bring the visual excitement that would blend with Schulz mix of high-tempo dance anthems. “I’ve been using the Vizi range since the Vizi Beam 5R came out,” admits, Worboys. “In fact, the original 5R’s are still in the show to this day. Since then, I’ve added more Vizi series fixtures, as new models have come available, to my lightshow at Avalon because they are tried and true. They hold-up to the insane work out I place on them every week.”
Along with the ADJ Event Bar Pro, Worboys used five different Vizi Series models in his special “Open to Close” lightshow: Vizi Beam 5R, Vizi Beam 5RX, Vizi Beam RXONE, Vizi Hybrid 16RX and Vizi BSW 300. “I wanted to do something extra special for Markus’ all-night set,” said, Worboys. “So, I created a 360-degree visual light beam attack on the crowd. I achieved my vision using five different Vizi movers and the ADJ Event Bar Pros.”
Worboys strategically placed Vizi movers on the stage at the front and behind the DJ booth, flying from the ceiling in the middle of high ceiling club, and at the far back above the balcony. The raised stage allows for the DJ booth, dance podiums and a full-rig of Vizi Series moving heads to shine out into the crowd. Worboys placed sixteen of the ADJ Vizi Beam RXONE fixtures on the stage in front of the DJ booth on a special L-shaped truss construction that jets out over the stage to help create more of a three-dimensional feel. The Vizi Beam RXONEs allow Worboys to quickly spray sharp beams of light all around the huge club. Also, on the front rig, he placed two Vizi BSW 300 hybrid moving heads on truss totems. “The Vizi BSW 300 hybrids are like a Swiss Army Knife,” said Worboys. “They allow me to create so many different looks from one fixture. From a wash, to a spot with GOBOs, a powerful beam, or using the prisms, the BSW 300 lets me be creative by constructing different looks quickly. And, since we are open multiple nights a week, I can create a vast amount of new looks on the fly every night.”
Hanging high above the DJ booth on the stage, Worboys constructed a large “M” truss structure (M for Markus Schulz) that would come on only at a special time during the night. He lit the inside of the truss with LED pars and hung ten of the ADJ Event Bar Pros on the truss. Each Event Bar Pro has four independent mini moving heads on them. When they are all DMXed together, Worboys has control of forty mini movers that move and wave in the “M” shape of the truss. “To this day, the Event Bar Pro are one of my all-time favorite fixture,” laughs, Worboys. “There are so many different looks I can make with these. They help diversify my design and always create a new type of energy to take things visually to the next level.”
Up on the massive ceiling hanging from a large truss structure, Worboys uses sixteen Vizi Hybrid 16RX fitted with the Philips 16R discharge lamp, and ten of the ADJ Inno Color Beam Z7; an LED wash fixture that adds color texture to the dance floor. The 16RX, also a hybrid moving head, allow Worboys to create a myriad of beams styles, GOBO patterns and looks that give texture to the entire club.
At the back for the club, high above the balcony, and on the gigantic sides walls, Worboys strategically placed ADJ Vizi Beam 5R fixtures to point towards the stage. By doing this, he projected light beams coming from all directions; front, rear and from above the crowd.
With the aid of DMX software and MIDI triggering pads, Worboys fulfilled his vision of a 360-degree lightshow at the “Open to Close” event using the Vizi Series moving heads to spray color and light of all different shapes and sizes around the room, giving dance music enthusiasts a full night of visual euphoria. “The Vizi range can definably handle anything I throw at them programming wise,” said, Worboys. “And, what’s great is that the fixtures are pretty affordable and allow me to buy more lighting fixtures whilst keeping within managements budget.”
Event: “Open to Close,” featuring Markus Schulz (http://www.markusschulz.com)
Location: Avalon Hollywood, 1735 N. Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (http://avalonhollywood.com)
Lighting Designer & Programmer: Richie Worboys
Photography: Arabo Noravian
ADJ Gear List:
8x ADJ Vizi Hybrid 16RX
16x ADJ Vizi Beam RXONE
8x ADJ Vizi Beam 5R
8x ADJ Vizi Beam 5RX
4x ADJ Vizi BSW 300
10x ADJ Event Bar Pro
4x ADJ Inno Color Beam Z19
10x ADJ Inno Color Beam Z7
10x Inno Pocket Z4