Get tech-y with it

Designers Vello Virkhaus and Steve Lieberman on EDC’s massive video and lighting

Blown away by the visuals and lighting at Insomniac’s Electric Daisy
Carnival in Vegas? Thank Vello Virkhaus of V Squared Labs and Steve
Lieberman from SJ Lighting.

Virkhaus’ work may be familiar to Vegas nightlifers. His company worked
on the visuals for both Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto at Rain and Marquee
Nightclub. His insane eye candy has also been seen at many an Insomniac
event over the past 12 years.

“I didn’t think [EDC] would get this big when it started,” says
Virkhaus as he runs the video content Saturday evening at the Kinetic
Stage, the festival’s largest. “Vegas is the perfect place,” he says of
EDC’s move from Los Angeles. “It should have always been in Vegas. It’s
a natural progression.”

Lieberman’s lighting is a staple at Ultra in Miami (as are Virkhaus’
visuals) as well as almost a decade working with Insomniac. And
surprisingly, Lieberman only spent a mere two months planning the
lighting setup for all of EDC’s stages. Virkhaus spent even less with a
month of planning. Yeah, these guys are pros.

“I’m pretty proud of every stage,” Lieberman smiles. He adds that EDC
Vegas’ Kinetic Field stage is the largest undertaking he’s ever
created. But the one that really stand out for him? The Bass Pod’s
“Wheel of Death” he calls it, with faux Ferris wheel and the DJ booth
built right in.

For you nerds out there, the guys were willing to let us in on a few
tech specs of the Kinetic Field stage that may make sense to… well…
three or four of you, but they sound impressive to us!

-1920 x 1080 pixels on the outside screens
-1280 x 1024 pixels in the middle
-Three outputs
-HD switcher Edirol V1600
-Custom touch designer system
-Lemur controller
-120000 amps being used for lighting and video