After attending various live shows and music festivals, I've developed a huge appreciation for live visuals that many musicians have taken advantage of to enhance production of their show. Whether I'm watching a music video, live set or cinematic production visuals are always the benefactor that makes the show memorable. Of course the music has to be good, I have to be a huge fan of the artist performing, but the live visuals definitely take these shows to the next level because it helps create the mood behind the music. One thing I never realized about live visuals, is that there someone is needed behind the scenes to control, program and manipulate these visuals to coordinate with the musicians vision. I realized that a VJ, or visual DJ, is something that is coming into demand in the music industry for this reason. Actually, they're probably higher in demand in general considering how many live events I've seen beginning to incorporate LED panels and lights to production from the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show to sporting events like Sacramento Kings basketball games.
Before I thought live shows were great because it was an opportunity for fans to connect with musicians in an intimate venue... Now artists and live productions are taking it to the next level by bringing in live visuals coordinated with audio that can enhance the experience for the audience. Electronic Dance Music has definitely set the trend of making these live events more visual because of their emphasis on LED panels, lasers and fog machines in their production set up.
What's amazed me is the amount of effort production teams put into these live music events to assemble these large stages for a show that will only be shown once for an audience, where the event won't be formally recorded or streamed for a larger audience. This past November I was lucky enough to witness Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz perform a b2b (back to back) set, also known as mau5ville, where the two legendary music producers headlined HARD's Day of the Dead festival with a special 2 hour set. Back to back sets are truly unique shows where two different DJs alternate playing a song after another, where everything is done live from mixing and visuals, which takes a lot of coordination and mastering of your skill. One of the most incredible visual and musical examples I can was from the mau5ville live show at Day of the Dead where the two DJs had the perfect mix of low energy sounds and visuals building up to a drop or euphoric moment.
(watch at 2:40)