Doing a bit of research on Washington certainly proved to be breath of fresh air. Having seen the Aussie singersongwriter hit the music scene with a no non-sense brand of emotion driven melancholic pop that actually showed some technicality behind the music was a refreshing change. It was nice to read a reasonably blunt biography on her website too where she is sold quite clearly as anything but “10 tons of sl*t in a mini skirt” (yep, that’s really on there).
Washington has a unique image, and it’s no wonder her sense of reality is making her very popular with a section of the mainstream market who are beginning to grow tired of the dream-like sexy (and sometimes brain-dead) pop star format. Proudly alternative and not attempting to conform to the bubble gum template, Washington recently did a couple of Melbourne shows which saw her performing to sold out crowds of Aussies loving her musical prowess.
Monitor City was hired for both productions and it’s nice to see the lads have been very busy lately (they are after all, guns at what they do!). DiGiCo and Nexo were the killer combination for these shows which was no surprise. World class acts need world class gear, this we all know.
Matt Dufty (Monitor City) was surfing FOH with an SD9 while Ade Barnard (Monitor City) was cruising along side of stage with an SD8 for monitors. Kieran Lang (Monitor City) and Conor Dunne (JPJ) were the System Tech’s for both shows – what a team!
Above: Matt Dufty doing his thing on the SD9 Front of House
The first of the two shows was at Ormond Hall. A ground stacked Nexo rig was utilised comprised of 2 x S1210’s, 1 x S1230 and 2 x RS15’s per side. This was coupled with 8 x Geo S8’s as a centre hang and 12 x trusty PS15’s were laid out across the stage for fold back.
The second show at the forum utilised the old favourite, a Nexo Alpha system… Hard to fault that choice!
System Tech Kieran Lange reported on the sound for both shows. “Everyone was stoked with the sound. The combination of Nexo and DiGiCo really provides great results”.
Above: Ade Bernard quite chuffed on monitors with the SD8