FIX8 have been lucky enough to have enjoyed two successful UK tours with Maverick Sabre. The British/Irish soul signer has been wowing audiences with his voice and big catchy songs. With big numbers like “I Need”, “Let Me Go” and the Chase & Status hit, “Fire In Your Eyes”. Maverick Sabre (or Mav as he is affectionately known to band and crew) had brought together a great live band and a setlist that took the crowd on a journey from slow soulful music, through his reggae influences, veering off to dubstep before ending on some big rock ballads. This required a dynamic and adaptable lighting design that could also fit into the back of a standard tour bus trailer. No easy feat but as always FIX8 rose to the challenge set by Tour Manager Johnny Buckland of JJ Productions.
Employing long time collaborator Jonathan Rouse as Lighting Designer, he created a simple yet impressive floor package made out of Suntrips and the newly released ROBE 100 LED beams to give the show that big beamy arena look without lumbering the tour with the price and power requirements of the units normally used to create this effect. Working with FIX8 programmer and lighting director Fraser Walker, they created a show that flowed with the setlist and ranged from subtle chases and shadowy gobos to big beamy effects with massive strobe and molefay accents. For this tour HSL supplied the floor package which was adapted to fit with whatever equipment the venue had on any given day.
The following year, FIX8 were once again back on the road with Mav. Building upon the looks and themes created on the last tour while applying the same concepts to his new material, we created a show that was requested to be reminiscent of the last tour but with hints of what was to come from the new album to be released in 2016.
This was a very exciting project that was always evolving with the set list and the music to pick out key moments as the band discovered new ways to play the songs live. We are very much looking forward to continuing our work with Maverick Sabre in 2015 and in the years to come.