The Chainsmokers – Memories Do Not Open Tour

Show Direction + Visuals + Lighting & SFX + Production Design & Concept

After working with the Chainsmokers for their last show of 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Production Club was asked by Andrew (Drew) and Alex to design, produce, and direct the duo’s first 36-city arena tour across North America. Production Club created the Memories Do Not Open tour with Drew and Alex, collaborating both technically and artistically, bringing the overall vision and concept of “unboxing” to the stage.
 
 
 
The Chainsmokers performing live at the Memories Do Not Open Tour as pyrotechnics burst out from the stageSpotlights shining on the stage highlighting decorative platforms at The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open TourAlex and Andrew of The Chainsmokers are suspended high above the stage on automated risers in front of a large video wall at the Memories Do Not Open Tour
 
 
 

Show Direction

The show was directed and scripted by Production Club creative director Mike8o8, working with Laura Marcin to choreograph Alex and Drew’s various dance sequences and movements across the ever-evolving dynamic stage. With the DJ performances, a live band, and theatrical skits, The Chainsmokers needed a stage that could be visually diverse with several literal moving parts. Everything from the V-thru video wall, automated risers, and lighting pods, were programmed to move in different formations to be in sync with the show’s choreography, skits, transitions, and guest performers.
 
 
 
Behind the Scenes of The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour with Miguel Risueno aka Mike808 Creative Director at Production Club as a camera crew records the experienceBehind the scenes photo of The Chainsmokers and Production Club team during a live on stage demonstration of the lights and visuals during the Memories Do Not Open TourBehind the scenes of Alex and Drew of The Chainsmokers practicing choreography on suspended risers as Production Club team spectates during the Memories Do Not Open TourBlack and white behind the scenes of The Chainsmokers practicing choreography as the Production Club team monitors during the Memories Do Not Open tourBehind the scenes of The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open tour as a camera crew records the experience
 
 
 

Visuals

Visuals were created for both the DJ and live band portions of the show, with the live band visuals telling a story about two star-crossed lovers navigating their relationship through the perils of digital communication. The DJ portion of the show required a variety of visuals that were fun, engaging, and applicable to any of The Chainsmokers song selections during the set.
 
 
 
Hand drawn concept art of a female character that would appear on the video wall during The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open tour live performanceHand drawn concept art of a man and woman arguing that would appear on the video wall during The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open tourHand drawn concept art of a man and woman arguing in an apartment that would appear on the video wall during The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open tourWide shot of a hand drawn illustration depicting a man and woman arguing that appeared on a large video wall in front of a large crowd during The Chainsmokers live performance at the Memories Do Not Open tourCrowd perspective photo of The Chainsmokers performing live in front of a large video wall showcasing a variety of visuals including dancing hot dogs hamburgers and pills during the Memories Do Not Open TourBillowing pyro bursts from the stage in this wide shot of The Chainsmokers performing in front of a large crowd at the Memories Do Not Open tour while a large video wall shows a dancing devil emojiDark photo of The Chainsmokers performing live at the Memories Do Not Open tour as a large video wall behind the stage shows visuals of screens with words reading we've got no place to go
 
 
 

Lighting & SFX

The nearly 100,000 pound lighting design, created by Production Club’s Miguel Risueño and Corey Fitzgerald, contained: 54 VL4000 4k BeamWashes, 84 CP Sharpys, 18 Ayrton MagicDot R, 84 Ayrton MagicPanel 602s, 42 Ayrton MagicPanel FXs, 126 Solaris Flares, and 32 GLP Impression X4 Bars. When it came to SFX, we brought it all: Fire, Co2, lasers, streamers, confetti, flame waterfalls, blood, sweat, tears, cats, and more.
 
 
 
The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour utilized: 54 VL4000 4k BeamWashes, 84 CP Sharpys, 18 Ayrton MagicDot R, 84 Ayrton MagicPanel 602s, 42 Ayrton MagicPanel FXs, 126 Solaris Flares, and 32 GLP Impression X4 BarsThe Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour utilized: 54 VL4000 4k BeamWashes, 84 CP Sharpys, 18 Ayrton MagicDot R, 84 Ayrton MagicPanel 602s, 42 Ayrton MagicPanel FXs, 126 Solaris Flares, and 32 GLP Impression X4 BarsThe Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour utilized: 54 VL4000 4k BeamWashes, 84 CP Sharpys, 18 Ayrton MagicDot R, 84 Ayrton MagicPanel 602s, 42 Ayrton MagicPanel FXs, 126 Solaris Flares, and 32 GLP Impression X4 Bars3D render for The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour simulating the use of 54 VL4000 4k BeamWashes, 84 CP Sharpys, 18 Ayrton MagicDot R, 84 Ayrton MagicPanel 602s, 42 Ayrton MagicPanel FXs, 126 Solaris Flares, and 32 GLP Impression X4 BarsThe Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour utilized: 54 VL4000 4k BeamWashes, 84 CP Sharpys, 18 Ayrton MagicDot R, 84 Ayrton MagicPanel 602s, 42 Ayrton MagicPanel FXs, 126 Solaris Flares, and 32 GLP Impression X4 Bars3D render for The Chainsmokers live performance at the Memories Do Not Open Tour with pyro billowing from out of the stageThe Chainsmokers performing live at the Memories Do Not Open Tour with fog cascading down from above the stageThe Chainsmokers performing live at the Memories Do Not Open Tour with streamers falling onto the crowdThe Chainsmokers performing live at the Memories Do Not Open Tour with pyro billowing from out of the stage
 
 
 

Production Design & Concept

The “unboxing” concept was the heart of the production and one of our first and favorite concepts that was created as a literal representation of The Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open record.
 
 
 
Concept art of the stage unboxing for The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open TourConcept art of the stage unboxing for The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour3D render of the stage unboxing for The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour Concept art of the stage unboxing for The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour3D render of the stage unboxing for The Chainsmokers Memories Do Not Open Tour