Elation Rayzor Q7 LEDs Colour Imagine Dragons Tour
Imagine Dragons have exploded onto the music scene recently and LD Nook Schoenfeld turned to Elation Professional’s compact Rayzor Q7 LED moving head to paint the American alt rocker’s recent ‘Into the Night’ US arena tour in coats of saturated colour.
“I wanted a small light that I could use in bulk that had internal LED colour mixing and the Rayzor Q7 fit the bill perfectly,” stated Nook, who handled production design on the band’s five-week stint across North America.
One of the hottest bands around, Imagine Dragons enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2013 with the album ‘Night Visions’ and hit ‘Radioactive’, and more success has followed in 2014 with a recent Grammy award and the ‘Into the Night’ tour, the final chapter of their oft-extended North American ‘Night Visions’ tour, selling out at nearly every stop.
Nook says he turned to the compact Rayzor Q7 LED for the current tour for three main reasons: size, colour quality and price. “I like to emulate the old PAR can 64s of past,” he says, referring to the small and efficient conventional-type luminaires. “On Imagine Dragons I used the Rayzors in large arrays, blocks of six in a row. I have four trusses that underhang from a larger mother truss which makes a stunning wall of 60 fixtures when all assembled.”
Useful for a variety of dynamic visuals from colour washes to chase effects to sharp beam looks, the RGBW Rayzor Q7 is one of the smallest (only 319mm high and 4.5Kg), fastest and most powerful moving head LED wash/beam fixtures in its class with enough muscle to work with - or even cut through - visual effects from larger units.
“Thanks to Blaine Engel at Elation for suggesting I use them. They are a serious component of all my touring rigs now,” Nook concludes.” The Rayzor Q7s were supplied to the ‘Into the Night’ tour by rental company Upstaging.