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5 Stage Lighting Tips for Your Band

Great stage lighting can help make your first gig amazing or take your experienced road band to the next level.  While you still need to wow them with your music, a great visual experience helps make any performance more memorable.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Be Prepared

  • Find out as much info as possible about the venue beforehand. Do they already provide stage lighting?  If not, what sort of equipment do they provide to help you set up your own lights? Are light stands or mounts available?  What sort of outlets do they have?
  • Get there as early as possible. Find where the outlets are and other existing equipment.   Get your stage lighting set up and test everything out early so you can make adjustments.
  • Be sure to tape down all your power cords and leave a little slack in the cords. Tripping over a cord on stage is not the memorable moment you want.  Power cord covers are also a nice option.

Shine in the Spotlight

  • Spotlights are the obvious starting point. You want the audience to see you right?  Spotlights look best from above in front of the stage.  If you can’t place the spotlights above the stage, below will work, but test it out ahead of time to see how the shadows look on the band.
  • Two spotlights are ideal. Try and set up one to each side of the center of the stage at 45 degree angles.
  • LED spotlights are a good option for price and travel durability.

Add Some Backlighting

  • A backlight or wash light can help highlight areas of the stage outside of the spotlights. Backlights behind the drummer or near the outside edges of the stage are good options.
  • Experiment with different colored lights or filters to change the mood. You can make your own color filters, but keep in mind some lights are very hot, so be careful.

Consider Automation

  • If you don’t have the luxury of someone running the lights from off stage, there are many cool automated lights available. Some are pre-programmed and others follow the changes to the music.  These all-in-one solutions offer a variety of lighting options for a reasonable investment.
  • Many different controllers and dimmers are also available that you can have on stage with you. You can adjust in-song or in between, as needed.

Add Some Extras

  • Spice things up with extras. A blacklight can add an interesting dimension to backlighting.  Strobe lights, fog machines and bubble machines are also inexpensive, but effective options.
  • The key with these extras is to use them in moderation. No one wants a strobe light in their face for an hour.  Save the strobe light or the bubbles for a specific spot in your set and use it as an exclamation mark.

Check out our selection of Stage Lighting & Gear.

There are many easy to use and portable lighting options available today.  Thankfully, you don’t have to spend much money to add them to your live performances.  Have any questions, please contact us at sales@onstagemusicsupply.com .

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