Behind The Scene Vol.2
I’m not the handiest of people. Problems that may have the simplest of solutions, look to myself like a giant jenga set inevitably ready to crumble. I have no affinity for woodwork, metal work, tech drawing, hammer technique, lathe skills 101, its likely because of this that four or five years past I was taken aback when Christopher Vibart offered to construct a wooden stage for Kyza Presents to use at an upcoming New Year’s event. Chris had been a solid supporter of KP and the local music scene and I was absolutely wrapped to accept his offer. Said stage was promptly constructed by the handiest of men and put into regular use across multiple music events. Old Blue as the stage became known (maybe I just made that up) met its untimely demise with yours truly putting a foot through one section, my portly stature claiming another unwitting victim.
Over the years to follow Chris has become an invaluable member of the local music scene. Many a coffee have been spent at The Vibart's house discussing upcoming events, potential setup strategies, lighting fixtures, possible bands to get down. At the high points in my career whether it be breaking new ground, or locking in artists I didn’t believe we would ever see play in Esperance Chris Vibart has given me someone to shares those successes with, his excitement and engagement with the scene matches my own. Around three years ago Chris purchased a substantial lighting setup, and began to delve into designing lighting to suit an array of gigs. If you’ve been to a KP event at The Cannery you have seen the man’s work on display, with some absolutely brilliant outlooks. Lighting is a funny thing, when you’re focussed so closely on great sound, you tend to lose sight of the impact a light array can have on the tone and ambience of a room. Having Chris on hand to manage this element of events has elevated the atmosphere and driven the quality of what we deliver ever higher. Chris will dive in and lend a hand in any all situations, of late he has been spending some quality time volunteering at the Cannery, keeping the lawns in the best of shape. Open Mics are no stranger with guitar jams for days. Some of my favourite free jam open mic moments have come about with Chris on guitar.
Special mention also goes to Aj Vibart, who is forever in attendance as Chris is packing down lighting. Aj can be found lugging stands, cutting cable ties, all those lighting associated things. Post gig day trips to collect equipment tend to equal a couple of hours cleaning for Chris and Aj alike, which is an absolute god send. On the rare occasion I sink a few to many beverages, pack down day can look like actual hell, the Vibarts have saved me on so many levels on so many occasions. An amazing family all round, talented songstress Rachel Vibart has seen the evolution of KP from the artist perspective and Jess Vibart from the ultra fun time perspective. And most recently Billy secured me some ever important stands courtesy of Chris while the main man was away. My Utmost appreciation to the Vibart family, the Esperance local music scene and myself are ever grateful for your exceptional contribution.
Well that’s it for this instalment of Behind The Scene, many thanks to the man behind the Cam Jonty Scoble for the pics, stay tuned for next fortnight’s blog.
Much Love Kyza.