Advice from Stefan van Biljon – Sound and Lighting Specialist
|Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?
I started Creative Kilowatt in 2001 after working for OFM for 4 years taking most of my leave days to do song for artists and DJ at events.We have worked with most of the artists in South Africa and still work on a regular basis with them, corporate companies and wedding Couples.We have an amazing team running events at Creative and a team of 8 DJ’s, making sure that every client gets some personal attention at their events and in the fortunate position to have spare equipment available in the unfortunate event should a problem occur. We also have a money back Guarantee on our service.
Who would you say is your ideal client?
Our ideal client, plans ahead, have realistic expectations and trust us to apply our professional industry knowledge to make their event special.
What type of equipment do you generally setup at a wedding?
We use JBL Loudspeakers, Soundcraft mixing consoles and Shure microphones.WE DO NOT USE CHEAP, LOW QUALITY EQUIPMENT.
Are there any add-ons you would suggest?
This is a very personal thing for every bride! We basically listen to the couples needs and will then suggest some options in line with that.Plain LED Parcans (Uplights) can allways change the whole look and feel of a hall or area thereof.
How far in advance should the Bride and Groom be booking their sound and lighting?
Some dates we are booked a year or more ahead. But the sooner, the better. We can only confirm your date once the deposit is paid. Does your DJ’s have any special training? Some of our DJ;s are professionally trained, other was taught at weddings and have to do a qualification “exam” on a wedding. (Naturally with a senior).
Do you have any advice for bride and grooms concerning lighting?
Most “DJ” lighting can change the atmosphere into a “Club” feel, where subtle decor, some uplighting and a possible gobo or 2 with a Hazer(smoke machine creating a light mist) can create a magical evening.Just remember that what you see on the internet is not always possible in your specific venue. Some of the overseas venue’s have specialist lighting installed in their ceilings, that effect is not always possible here.
Talk to your supplier, if they are professional, you will receive the best advice.