12th Planet’s THE END IS NEAR TOUR: behind the scenes crew…
One can only be as strong as their weakest member and this team had no weak links.
Joel aka Ziplock held down the LD (Lighting Desgin) position. He was my go to guy. One of the hardest working mo’fos I have meet. You would think this seasoned veteran would be a grumpy old salty dog but he was the opposite. Even in pain he would smile and ask if I needed anything. Not only would he set up the lighting rig he would spend hours taking over the house council and program their lights into ours and create a show and visual that seemed organic and a live.
Matt is our FOH (Front of House) sound engineer. His ear and system tuning can polish any turd of a sound system. He made the sound become a warm blanket of bass wrapping everyone with in ear shots with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Matt and PK SOUND blew the roof off every house we went. I mean litterally the roofs were crumbling to the ground when we fired that bass up. Best sound ever!!!
Gavin, our VJ (video jockey) what do I say about Gavin?? what do i not say!!! It was his first time out on a tour and he killed it. I watched him grow through out the tour. Setting up 12 LED panels everyday is going to chisel you into a machine. We would joke with Gavin about insuring his fingers cause this guy had chops on the piano like no one i have ever seen before. Anytime we came across a piano he would spend as much time connecting with those ebony and ivory keys making melodies that would sooth our ears.
Natalie… our sister. She handled merch and selling for us. Every night setting up and breaking down and dealing with crowds and crowds of people some sober and some not, not an easy task. On top of that putting up with 10 dudes on a bus is no easy task and she handled it like a bro. She brought balance to the bus. She was a great ear with a warm heart. She acted as a counselor and became a close friend.
Brandon, the man behind the lens. Filming us in our best and capturing the worst and making it look good. The talent and eye that he possesses has been a great asset to the team. Catching rare behind the scene moments and documenting bus and tour life. Always working and always editing he has done and did a great job making me look good =)
This is the super team…nothing but the best. I would go to war with this crew any day!!! i love you all…