Some 15,000 fans of Mexican fashion icon, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, waited hours to gain entrance to the M.A.C.Cosmetics/Selena world premiere at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, recently.
Handling the lighting for this unique event was Axis DeBruyn who incorporated 48 of GLP’s versatile X4 Bar 10 battens in his design, supplied (along with the video and scenic effects) by PRG Las Vegas.
The concert arena was transformed into a Selena paradise with purple lights, purple rugs and purple Dillard's kiosks, to promote the new M.A.C. collection and T-shirts in honor of the Hispanic fashion designer (dubbed the ‘Queen of Tejano Music’).
Tasked with lighting singers such as Prince Royce, Isobella Maria Sanchez, and Latina DJ's Lola Langusta, Posso and many others, Axis was adamant why he chose the X4 Bars in preference to other fixtures. "With the enormous video walls I had a lot of vertical space to fill and needed fixtures that were low power, high impact and could make the signature ‘Selena’ purple colour so the camera wasn’t in a ‘black hole’ background. The X4 Bars filled this hole very well.”
"The X4 Bar 10’s are so small they just disappear when you’re not using them and I was able to ‘surprise’ elements from them when leaving them off for a few numbers and reintroducing them later in the set. Focus effects also made the DJ sets cooler the way I could chase from wash to beams across the background.”
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