It feels like coming home, and I’m very excited to take on this new challenge.
Also check out the very psychedelic VIDEO on youtube
Working the summer season again for KICK APS - a company I've been connected with for over 20 years - working mostly as stagemanager for festivals like Gent Jazz, Summer Festival, Tomorrowland, Reggae Geel and Jazz Middelheim … and doing backline production again for the ever awesome Pukkelpop festival as well.
It's gonna be a tough tour this year : 30 shows in less than 6 weeks, with many back-to-backs.
All of my adult life I’ve been into ambient music, scifi phylosophy and cosmic movies, and with my brand new project I feel all these passions come together into one new abstract art form. Pulse Mandala is a synthetic experience that builds upon the mechanisms of nature and the universe itself : chaos theory, unpredictability, randomness. It’s a concept designed to relax and escape from this reality.
If you’re into this, I kindly invite you to check out the website, like my facebook page, watch and share the trippy promo video, or even buy the first album online .
There we go again : Night of the Proms tour 2014 ! It’s been the 30th anniversary edition , and as usual I’ll take care of backline and provide this massive orchestra with clicktracks , loops and timecode to sync things up . Great to be part again of this well oiled production machine and work with my Belgian colleagues again .
Update : I’m really getting into VIDEO lately , so please check out this little montage I made of our load-in :
This is a great Reggae festival in Belgium , one that I’ve worked for many times as a backline tech . After a few years of absence due to my busy touring agenda with Roger Hodgson , I’m now returning to Reggae Geel in the function of stage manager . JAH , Rastafari and Kingston Jamaican vibes for 2 days !!!
This year I’ll have time again to work for Kick (artistical and productional solutions) , Belgium’s biggest backline company and still my first love . My first big festival will be the notorious Dour festival : 4 days , 7 stages , hundreds of bands ... it’s a big challenge to provide all artists with their requested gear . I’ll be going with 3 trailers loaded with backline and a 12 man crew . It’s gonna be 4 long and heavy days , but it’ll also feel a bit like a survival weekend in the rock&roll jungle , which has a certain charm to it ... :-)
Oh , and I found some time to design a new T-shirt , of which you’ll find a pic just here :
I’m quite honoured to be part of the RME family of artists now .
Please read about my experience with the Fireface UFX and Totalmix on the RME website
And there we go again : my 13th year doing the annual Night of the Proms tour . More than 30 shows in Belgium , Holland , Germany and Luxembourg , starring artists like Wyclef Jean , Gloria Estefan , Amy McDonald , Mark King , and many others ... off course with the usual 70 piece symphonic orchestra + choir . I take care of the Electric band’s backline , and run clicktracks and timecode to keep this huge band in time with itself and with the lightshow .
Just like every year we’re making some technical improvements . We replaced our Aviom personal monitor systems with a brand new Pivitec system , giving every band member mix-control over 32 channels on their iPads over wifi … and that’s just the start : this production is in a constant state of evolution , which is sometimes stressful , but also keeps things interesting .
Just 2 duo shows : one in Ridgefield , CT , and a second one in downtown NYC . Great to see some old friends back in this new year . It’s also upgrade and prepping time for the forthcoming World Tour 2013 : we’re all moving to Mountain Lion so quiet a bit of work to update all plugins and drivers . We’re also looking into a new monitoring system and some other overall improvements to our touring gear .
Here we go again : this is my 12th consecutive year that I’ll be working for this fantastic production . They call me the “clickmeister” here , as I’m taking care of all click tracks , loops , timecode and other digital wizardry on stage . Guests for this year : The Jacksons , Anastacia , Mick Hucknall from Simply Red , Jupiter Jones , John Miles , Naturally 7 and the young Dutch Harp virtuoso Remy van Kesteren . 35 arena shows in Belgium , Holland , Luxembourg and Germany , starting early november and landing back home just a few hours before the family Xmas eve dinner .
Sadly I had to let go of the Ultravox 2012 tour , because of clashing agendas with Roger Hodgson and Night of the Proms . Still I found time to spend a few days at the start of the rehearsals at Real World , to do some programming on the new songs & hand the job over to Roger Lyons . It was great to see all of my old friends again , and I'm very confident that Roger will be an excellent replacement . I'll try to come and see a show somewhere in Germany , from the audience side of perspective for a change ... ;-) ... and watch my old colleagues do the load out , while I'll be having drinks ... hehe ...
With over 80 shows allready being confirmed , 2012 is gonna be a real busy year for Roger Hodgson . We're planning 3 or 4 runs in North America , a big trip through South America , and some touring in Europe as well . Band and skeleton crew starts to roll like a machine , so it's really fun working too . The touring schedule is a work in progress , so I'll just leave the tourdates in the sidebar . As usual , it's just Howie & myself being the tech guys , so we'll be busy ... hehe ...
It's a very experimental and theatrical project , taking you to the deepest corners of your soul and evoking stong emotions . We call it a "ritual performance" and plan to perform in churches , temples and other holy places , hopefully later this year .
This is the eleventh year that I'll be joining the Night of the Proms tour as a keyboard tech & DAW operator (or ClickMeister as my German friends like to call me) . We're doing 35 shows this year in Belgium , Holland , Luxembourg and Germany , spread over 2 months including production rehearsals . This edition's artists are SEAL , Alison Moyet , Nile Rogers , Mick Hucknall , James Blunt , Angie Stone , DIV4S and some more local names . I'll be sitting on stage again in between the electric Band , starting track after track from my double Logic MIDI/MADI rack , spitting out clicktrack , loops and timecode to sync the lightshow & video .
UPDATE : As you probably found out , what was supposed to be a great way to end the summer turned into a nightmare when a freakstorm hit the festival site on day one and killed 5 people , injured many more and pretty much destroyed half of the festival infrastructure . Me & my collegues are all allright , but my heart goes out to those wo were not so lucky .
Being a stagemanager at Belgium's largest dance festival Tomorrowland can take you to strange places . This year , the mainstage is decorated in true Alice in Wonderland style . Artists such as Faithless , Tiesto , 2ManyDJ's , David Guetta , Martin Solveig , Steve Aoki , etc will perform in the middle of this fairy landscape , complete with colorful fountains , fireworks & dancing elves ..... Technically this is a no brainer job , but it's a damn challenge to keep all those mad party people off my stage ..... what can I say ? ...... life is full of surprises .... :-) ....
for aprox 40.000 people , with a specialy arranged version of "music" syncing with a fireworks show . A lot of preparation for just those 2 shows , but who knows where it will take us next .... ...
After the last tour , we shipped Roger's rig to my studio , where I'm now meticulously analysing his sounds and controller settings , redesigning his old sounds in software or even sampling sounds into EXS instruments when the character of the original is too hard to recreate .
Off course Roger will want to finetune his stuff when we get to prepare the next tour , but I'm pretty confident I've come up with a very close approximation of his old rig .
We're doing 6 shows in the Antwerp sportpaleis with those 2 diva's . The band is half Natalia's , half Anastacia's , and I'm again taking care of all the clicks , counts & tapes . It was a lot of work bringing all the info from those 2 different productions together in one live session , but we're rolling smooth & solid , again all digital from source to FOH over MADI with a backup system running as well . Sweet ....
This is the 10th year in a row that I'll be working for the Night of the Proms , providing this great production with some MIDI magic , clicktracks , loops and SMTP timecode to sync the whole thing together . This year we have Boy George , Grace Jones , John Fogerty , Kid Creole (and some amazing looking coconuts) , sir Cliff Richard and the German multimedia project Lichtmond . Personally I think it's one of the best editions in years & I'm enjoying it a lot . We're doing 35 arena shows in Belgium , Holland and Germany starting end october and ending just before Christmas .
Up until now it always involved a lot of cabling & DI's , but I've decided to go completely digital from source to destination (mac to digital FOH desk) . That means connecting and routing everything through adat pipes to the 01V/96 & then out into a RME ADI648 spitting out MADI signal over BNC .
I'll try it out on the forthcoming Night of the Poms tour from october to december . It should make life easier for all parties involved , as well as improve reliability and sound quality .
This is gonna be another great little tour with Ultravox . 6 shows in Sweden , 2 in Finland & 2 in the UK , spread over 3 weeks .
Same crew as usual , and I'm really looking forward to spend some time together with them , as well as catch up with the bandmembers .
The work has become routine by now , the travels are easy & comfortable , it's summer .... it might actually almost feel like a holiday this time ... and god knows I need one !
As I help a lot of international touring artist with their backline , It's a great way to stay in touch with what's happening , get to learn a few new things , and stay in touch with all my Belgian techy friends as well .
Crew is almost the same as last time and it feels good to get together again and work in a great production like this . It doesn't get much better than this when it comes to touring .