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VJs Provide Visual Spectacle for Local Shows

By David Goe

Visual production for Kill Paris at the Mesa Theater, December 14, 2012. 

If you haven’t been to an EDM show at the Mesa Theater and Club recently, you don’t know what you’re missing. Thanks to Fix Your Face Lazer Patrol and Lucid Visions Video, the pleasure of attending a show now extends far beyond the music.

Cody Jacobs and Colter Mckay are master technicians when it comes to creating visuals for shows. Combining lasers and lighting with a relatively new technique called 3D video mapping, these VJs (video jockeys) create a multi sensory experience that is truly mind blowing. 

The quality of production they bring is unmatched in the area and totally professional. They are game changers for sure. 

“It's important that people feel that they get their money's worth,” Jacobs said. “Concert goers would still pay to go and see their favorite artists, but our main focus is to give them a full on experience for their ticket price.”

Jacobs, the founder of Fix Your Face Radio and Fix Your Face Lazer Patrol and Mckay of Lucid Visions Video are instrumental in the live music scene. The two have provided visuals for many recent shows including Kill Paris, Digital Connection, and Fresh 2 Death. They have also worked with KAFM Community Radio on Zombie Prom and Radio Soul Train and provide lighting for a variety of shows and events outside of the EDM world. 

“Atmosphere is key,” Mckay said. “Lighting and visuals just enhance what would have already been a great show.”

Where the two really excel and separate themselves from the pack is with 3D video mapping.

Projection mapping has been a prominent feature in European shows for years, but it’s still an emerging art form stateside. Essentially video mapping is projecting an image on a 3D object. In the past Jacobs and Mckay have used columns, spheres, boxes, and even entire buildings for their projections. 

“Video mapping is a multi step process for sure,” Jacobs said. “We are constantly mining for video clips, some purchased, some found in obscure places.” 

Between searching for video to building props and lining up the projections, the whole process can take more than six hours to complete. 

“We are the first ones at the venue, and the last ones to leave,” Mckay said. 

Up next for the team is a special production for the OG Status, Chris Epic, and Chamber Bot show this Saturday. This time around they are focusing on killer visuals. They promise more projectors, more screens, and more props. That means more fun for the audience.

Catch the visual spectacle tomorrow if you can and be sure mark your calendars for May 4 for Robotic Pirate Monkey for another Fix Your Face Lazer Patrol and Lucid Visions Video production.

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