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Edmond Deraedt

 

 

     
What is your role within the 'Dream Attic' Band Tour?   I am in charge of the visual elements of the show. I guess my title would be Lighting Director, but I also add slide and video projections where possible and I have built a modest set for this tour which resembles a ship's rigging. Also, I coordinate the band's merchandise with the venues each day of show. This means I run from the lighting console to the lobby after the concert to where I count tee shirts, CDs and hopefully money.
     

How long have you and RT known each other and how did you meet?

  I had lit a few of Richard's solo shows in various parts of the country between 1999 and 2007, then Simon hired me on after a most successful show at the IMAC theater on Long Island. I had always introduced myself to Richard every time I lit one of his shows, but I'm not sure if he quite remembers me from those times. His first words to me after Simon hired me were: "Edmond, we're not really the type of band that worries about how we look."
     

Please list the equipment you brought on the road.

 

Well, I carry an assortment of custom gobos as well as stock gobos to shape the light and add to each theater's archetecture. I also carry some colors that I cannot live without. For me a Richard Thompson show has a certain look and I carry what modest tools I need to assure that look in the wide variety of theaters we visit.

     
Please describe the 'Dream Attic' show visually and musically.  

A great flame breathing monster whose whispers bellow from the shadows and pierce the night sky with light.

     

What is your favorite track on the new album and why?

 

That's a tough question!!! But I guess it would be Sidney Wells for the fans' reactions every night, When Love Whispers Your Name for the way it slithers through one's senses and Among the Gorse Among the Grey because in every one of the thirty concerts where I heard it I wept during the second verse… FINE!

     
What song performance did you find the most challenging?  

I don't think I ever nailed the look for Money Shuffle. Maybe in Dallas with the video content.

     

How did you keep in shape during the tour? Did you follow any special diet or exercise regimen?

 

I gained seven pounds. My legs are getting stronger by carrying it around.

     

What do you find to be the toughest part of touring?

 

Saying goodbye was tough this time.

     
Can you share a favorite memory of the U.S. tour?
 

Sitting with Bobby in the dressing room of Nashville and listening to Richard play lute. Watching people dance to Al Bowlly under the mirror ball in Tulsa. Having an Italian meal with Michael in Pittsburgh after a long walk. Listening to Ziggy Stardust on vinyl in the dressing room of Milwaukee. Joel's last solo in Minneapolis. Every moment with Pete.

     
How many fines did you accumulate and what were your DA road infractions?  

The good part of being the lighting guy is that musicians don't know how to fine me unless it is incredibly obvious. I was more or less on the honor system. However, I was horribly late to the bus one day. That's a dollar a minute. I did botch a few spotlights on solos a couple of times as well.

     
To what other RT projects or tours have you contributed?   Cabaret of Souls at Royce Hall - scenic, projection and lighting. The lighting was also co-designed by young Miss Tuce Yasak. Two legs of the Sweet Warrior tour in '07. The last US tour for Thousand Years of Popular Music as well as the '09 UK tour of the same.
     
 

More About Edmond Deraedt

     
Please summarize your background. Where do you call 'home'?  

I'm in New York City at the moment. This is where I was born.

     
How did you become interested in music?  

I was drunk, and a friend said he wanted to start a band, to which I said "if yew shtart a brand I'llth do ther LIGHTS!"

     
Please list all the instruments you play.  

I studied the harp for a number of years, then it exploded. I am looking for a new one.

     
Are you self-taught or formally trained?  

As far as lighting and production I am self taught for the most part, though fellow crew members and friends tend to pass down knowledge. It's an oral tradition and one tends to learn the ropes while at sea.

     
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?  

Stone age heavy metal sea shanties with a little bit of pedal steel.

     

With whom have you recorded/ toured?

 

Musical acts alone, I've lit between four and five hundred shows, besides the tours with Richard. I did a funny little tour with an awesome singer / songwriter JD Natasha and her rock band, who shared the bill with Jhezbel. We were supporting Latina Magazine's tenth anniversary. I also work on Industrial events, theater and dance.

     
What is the strangest venue or gig you've ever played?  

The asphalt green swimming pool was up there. It was full of water, but that's good because it was a swimming / diving show.

     

What is your most memorable musical experience?

 

I would say meeting and lighting all of the wonderfully talented people I've had the pleasure of working with over the years.

     
What's the most 'rock star' thing that you've ever done?  

No Comment.

     

On what dream tour would you love to work with any past or present artist/band?

 

Jimi Hendrix.

     

If you had to give up music - what would you do to be creative?

 

I've thought about opening a hardware store, and being that old timer on the front porch talking to people who have stopped by for nails about the weather.

     

What advice do you have for people who want to pursue a musical career?

 

I'm going to pass on the best advice I have heard, it is from a promoter I had the extreme pleasure of working with for years: Go in the back yard and burn forty thousand dollars, if it doesn't make you pass out do it again. If you still remain on your feet maybe you have the stomach for it… Other than that, have fun. I made the mistake once of not having fun with it, and believe me it wasn't fun!

     
Tell us anything else that you would like people to know about you.   I am available for hire.
     
What is next for you?  

I think I have an event for L'Oreal on Thursday… 4 am load in. I worked on a cool movie shoot the other day, Meryl Streep on ice for SNL.

     
How can fans learn more about you and your music?   My Website:
edmondderaedt.com

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