A heavy metal show needs to look as great as it sounds. Start with your foundations to build a stage that will wow your audience.
Print a Stage Backdrop
Custom backdrops aren’t as expensive as you think. Many printing companies can produce a fabric backdrop that depicts the image of your choice. Try printing your band’s logo, an interesting scene, or a colorful pattern that works with the rest of your stage decorations.
Unless you have a visual artist in your band, hire a graphic designer for your backdrop. A single image design can be quite affordable, and you need to make sure that your image is of good resolution and goes to the printer in the right file format. Keep your digital files for use on later projects.
Play with Drama Blocks
Drama blocks are stackable boxes typically used in theater productions. These blocks are easy to move and can support the weight of a person and a few musical instruments.
Use the blocks to get creative with your stage layout. Try putting band members at different heights for visibility. Remember that layout can change the sound of your performance, so consult with your audio engineer while you create your design.
Order Custom Set Pieces
Set pieces are essential for large and showy stage designs. From a giant flaming skull to an enchanted carriage, there are infinite ways to make your set more visually interesting.
Hire a metal fabricator to help you make set pieces. They will help you choose feasible ideas and turn them into reality. Many work with different materials and can prepare items for wiring or interesting special effects. Set pieces need to be well made for safety and authenticity; hire a professional to craft you something exceptional.
Have Fun with LED Ribbon Lights
LED ribbon lights—also known as strip lights or tape lights—are a fun and affordable way to make your stage shine. Modern ribbon lights have changing colors and brightness settings that can be controlled by a remote. If you purchase a Bluetooth remote, you can program the lights with your smartphone or computer. You may want to hire a programmer to write you a custom script that matches your setlist.
Ribbon lights have the potential for both simple and elaborate applications. The adhesive strip lets you mount them anywhere on your stage. Try using them to highlight set pieces so that they stand out in the dark. You can also talk to your fabricator about a permanent LED installation.
Explosions and flashing lights can greatly enhance a show, but they rely on stable foundations for great execution. Professional fabricators and designers will help you find affordable ways to realize your vision.