SUPERTRAMP-founder ROGER HODGS
Since one and a half years the songwriter legend is touring all over the world with made-to-measure stage cabling from SOMMER CABLE. To make sure that his flights can be handled with ease, all components had to be as light in weight and compact as possible.
Dreamer, It’s raining again, Give a little bit, School or Fools overture – who doesn’t know Roger Hodgson’s hits? Timeless compositions, even after 40 years still played regularly on the radio. But not only the songs are close to perfection, even the live appearances are impressive.
Responsible for this are (also) the two technicians Wim Daans and Howard Heckers. We met them on the music fair in 2014 for the first technical preliminary talks and there already we understood that this will require a very specific solution. To make sure one show is as qualitative as all the others and to be as independent from the location of the show as possible, the Roger Hodgson crew travels with their complete technical equipment including all (!) their cables.
As the equipment usually travels as normal additional luggage, there were a few restrictions in regards to size and weight. The compact racks that Roger uses on his tours, were quite a challenge. Lacking any sort of space there had to be an acceptable solution to store audio, MIDI and power lines at the same time – for this we had a perfect solution: our flexible SYSBOXX. A modular stage box system, which has connectors that can be accessed in the front and the back at the same time. Even the FOH connection via fibre cable with beam connector we built with an extremely stable Octopus PUR cable to use with the Digico mixer.