always be aware of your surroundings

A long journey started this year. My life as a video artist?!? Who would’ve thought.

I’ve had both amazing experiences and nights that I wish I could replay.  Chicago has treated me  very well, providing a rich community of diverse artists. Many of which can think of one or two ways to collaborate with my video style.  This has made it all worth while.

In this first year I have come to one BIG conclusion. You always have to beware of your surroundings.. It’s the biggest task, tool, and rule of doing live improvised video.

My worst visuals of the year certainly came from shows that involved little or no setup time, and no prior knowledge of venue.  This didn’t guarantee bad visuals.. Just strongly influenced.

Taking the time to walk thru a gig in the venue before the actual date of said gig is tremendously helpful. What color are the walls? Are there any feedback subjects? Where do we project from? Where can I setup cameras? etc etc etc

That being said the video above was from last night at Lokal Lounge in Chicago. I play here at least 2 Tuesdays/month and sometimes every Tuesday. And since I have started we have played around with different configurations and projection paths. But last night once again I found a new camera angle that works amazingly for getting a silhouette of the dj.

Always be aware of your surroundings.

Can’t wait to expose all the tricks in one night with a 3 camera rig. soon… soon…..

First video gig with sound

I had my first gig on the LZX video synth with music on Tuesday night at Lokal Lounge with the Push Beats crew.

It went great! Matt’s Cwejman AP-1 is a godsend when it comes to patching with the beats.

Hope you enjoy the footage. I will be returning to Push Tuesdays and Push Monthly features.