Acclaimed as the hottest electronic artist in the world, Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5, is widely recognised as the guy in the massive mouse head equipped with built-in LEDs sporting video mapping and wowing the crowds with mind-blowing performances and productions.

Based in Toronto, this Canadian progressive, electro and house music producer hit South African shores in December last year with a three cities tour. It kicked off in Cape Town at the CTICC and the following day moved to Durban for an ‘unhooked’ show which did not have the full lighting and video rig. This gave the crew at CTICC a day and a half to strike the kit, transport it up to the Johannesburg venue, Wild Waters H2O, and get it rigged it time for the final show.

Gearhouse South Africa took care of Audio, Lighting, Audio Visual, Staging, Rigging and Power whilst Dillon Jearey, MD of Kilowatt AV, took care of all logistics, planning and production for all tech for the entire tour. LEDVision, of the Gearhouse Group, supplied a back LED screen across the full width of the stage.

With the majority of the kit specified and sourced locally, Gearhouse pulled out all the stops in a busy December period. They supplied all the Martin MACs in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and LEDVision supplied all the LED.

A huge stage setup with massive amounts of LED screen and intelligent lighting created an electrifying atmosphere. The backdrop was an R16 Lighthouse LED screen with a lower resolution Martin LC 2140 semi-transparent LED screen directly in front of it, allowing a mix of higher resolution and lower resolution footage to be displayed on each screen to create incredible visuals that appeared to be 3D. An X-Truss was lined with 1m LED bars and hung with Martin MAC250 Entours and MAC2000s and then hung in front of the screens.

The custom cube DJ box was covered in PixLED F11 LED tiles with MAC101s dotted around it and Martin Atomic strobes completing the setup. Downstage were more PixLED F11 cubes, hung to appear as though floating in the air. All video content was run off Catalyst media-servers and a Road HOG Full Boar Console with backup.

The tour was a huge success and Deadmau5 was exuberant in his thanks to South African fans. “Now that’s what I call a tour! Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg totally melted my face! You couldn't have convinced me anymore - 100% coming back again next year! I'll be taking the SA pride home with me to share with the rest of the world. 

Story Courtesy Electrosonic, Photo Philip Olivier

Feb 3, 2012

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