Professional Lighting & Production - Fall 2017 - Page 22

22 PL&P Intense & Impactful A Hard-Hitting Design for Rise Against’s 2017 Tour By: Andrew King Politically-charged punk rock outfit Rise Against spent a lot of time on the road in 2017, hitting multiple continents for everything from club shows to top slots at major international festivals and a lot in between. As such, the band needed a hard-hitting but versatile and adaptable production design that could be scaled to suit a wide variety of venues. For this, they tapped first-time collabo- rator Mike Herkimer, known more commonly as “Herk” – a Canadian lighting designer who also stepped up to handle the video components for this substantial series of dates supporting the band’s 2017 release, Wolves. Professional Lighting & Production caught up with Herkimer in between tour legs to talk about working with a new client, how certain fixtures helped deliver his design while also saving