WSP Lighting Designer Paul Hoffman Discusses NYE Lights

Photo by Joshua Timmermans
Paul Hoffman along with the WSP crew and Bandit Rigs recently put together the most spectacular Widespread Panic light show ever! Here are a few snippits from Live Design's recent interview, covering Paul's take on the production side, and some info about his equipment.

“I don’t get a set list until maybe five minutes beforehand, so I have to interpret the music in real time and set the lighting to it on the fly,” said Hoffman. “It is kind of an unusual way to run lights. The material ranges from dark and moody, to ballad-like, to whimsical, to full on raging rock – and sometimes those transitions happen very fast – so you need lots of things at your fingertips.”

The equipment at his fingertips included Vari*Lite 3000 spots, GLP Impressions, the new GLP Impression X4s, GRN LED Pars and GRN LED Battens from Bandit Lites, Clay Paky Sharpys, Maxedia Video Servers, Mirage Video Panels and GrandMA2 Consoles.

To add to the energy of the New Year buzz, Hoffman used video, a new addition to Widespread Panic concerts.

Read the whole article here.