A great part of what makes musical concerts so dramatic and memorable – apart from the performers themselves – are the lighting and audio production value that goes into the concert itself. When you are dealing with a potential audience of thousands, and a venue that covers a large area, you want to make everything on stage as big as possible, and part of that is due to the lighting and sound production.
This is a uniquely specialized area that calls for a great combination of technical expertise and creativity. The planning of such a production often rests on the shoulders of light and sound technicians who may have spent years gaining the requisite knowledge and expertise to deliver just the right touch to a musical performance. Hopefully, the light and sound values complement the artistry and style of the performers themselves.
Planning for the delivery of complicated lighting techniques and sufficient sound values that would preserve the solidity of the musical tones being delivered through the scattered speakers requires very technical and yet innovative use of a myriad of light and sound equipment. From spotlights to colored to LED lights to amps and speakers and subwoofers and microphones and instrument mics – such a setup cannot reasonably be done without the expertise of an experienced electrician. A professional is not only well-versed in the unique needs of large musical events, but who also has a personal familiarity with the different equipment and electrical equipment that are going to be used.
All of these – the lights, the sound systems, the audio requirements, all will be operational at the same time, which means a great number of electrical equipment will be plugged in and operational all at the same time. While the effective operation of all these equipment will fall upon their specialized technicians, none of it will ultimately be possible without the foundation provided by an electrician.
In brief, the electrician ensures sufficient power supply and distribution to all these myriad equipment, while at the same time ensuring that safety measures are put in place so that their simultaneous use would not result in unintended electrical accidents.
The basic electrical system has to be installed and fully functioning well before the event itself so that the rest of the technicians can test out their equipment. Rehearsals are a great time to assure yourself that everything is functioning well, and if they are not, to make the necessary adjustments or repairs.
It has been said that the great thing about the entertainment industry is that the people who make it happen often create a great cooperative working environment that effectively draws on the expertise of all the different experts and technicians to create a memorable musical event. Audio engineers, studio directors, lighting technicians, and of course the electricians cooperate to deliver client-specific production value. In fact, many electricians have made a good living being part of support providers for large events. Such companies invest heavily in state of the art equipment and in the expertise of their personnel to be able to deliver the necessary technical support that most musical events require. If this is something that interests you, it is certainly a viable way for an electrician to make a living.