Powa Productions Likes It Like That

Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2010


This February 2010, Guy Sebastian began his first tour in over 12 months performing songs from his forthcoming album – ‘Like It Like That’. The tour hit theatres around the nation including Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. Powa Productions were the official lighting, audio, staging and logistics supplier for the tour.

With designs by Powa’s lighting designer, Simon (Junior) Johnson, the lighting for this tour features warm subtle tones on stage with sharp beams of light across the stage, with a star effect backdrop to create the mood complimenting Guy Sebastian’s music. Junior selected to used eight Robe ColorSpot 700EAT’s and eight Robe ColorWash 1200AT’s as the main spot and wash lighting for the stage. Also supplied were iLED Star Drapes for the back of the stage, along with 27 LED Par Cans along the lighting rig and Robe Hazers for atmospheric effects.

Junior says “I chose to use of Robe 700 fixtures for quick zooming for live gigs and the Robe ColorWash 1200AT’s for the brightness of colours it produces reducing the amount of fixtures needed”. Four Robe ColorWashes were arranged on the floor of the stage for cross lighting and four on the front bar for special lighting for Guy Sebastian and the band.

Powa Productions has recently invested in another Avolites Pearl Expert to further enhance their touring capability. Both consoles have been working continuously on gigs since July 09.  Junior says “We chose the Pearl Expert Because of ease of programming and the constant freeness to the Set list. I needed a console that we could takeover and busk on with ease. The Avolites consoles are unbelievable for this as everything is at your fingertips and not having to scroll through menus to get to palettes and groups”.

Junior says he loves the simplicity of the console in the way that it ‘thinks like an LD’ instead of like a computer. Junior has been operating Avolites desks for the past 14 years and has grown up using the Avo classic software. This was the first tour that he has done with the new Avo Titan software and what a change it has made. Junior continues “Cue lists are easier, copying fixtures is as simple as copying a cue, fixture exchange works a dream with only having to do minimum palettes updates.

Overall Junior couldn’t be happier with the performance of all the Robe fixtures. He loves how bright the Robe ColorWash 1200AT’s are with the PC lens and loves the quality chunky beam they produce. The Avolites Pearl Expert is his desk of choice and couldn’t be happier with all the products on the tour.