The Chemical Brothers ‘Don’t Think’ / Dir. Adam Smith
Black Dog Director and long-term Chemical Brothers collaborator Adam Smith completely redesigned the dance music innovators’ live show for their acclaimed 2015 world tour.
For 20-years Adam Smith has been working closely with the world’s most successful dance music duo, The Chemical Brothers. In 2012 Adam directed Don’t Think, a feature-length Chemical Brothers live concert film, the film was met with unanimous praise garnering a rarely bestowed 5-star review from Empire Magazine.
In 2015, Adam and creative partner Marcus Lyall creatively directed The Chemical Brothers’ ‘Born In The Echoes’ world tour, which included headline sets at Glastonbury, Primavera, and Sonar Festivals. Adam and Marcus created universally lauded visuals combining props, films, animation and lighting to spectacular effect. Redefining and expanding the parameters for live electronic music, the tour was described by The Guardian as “an all-round aesthetic explosion”. Adam also filled in for Ed Simons on the tour operating music; lights and visuals live from the stage.
Visual highlights included a collaboration with dancer Akram Khan (MBE), who was filmed using motion capture at Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Studios, an army of “sharpy” lights which formed a grid on the stage floor all programmed to seamlessly interact with the visuals to create three dimensional environments, and two huge ’50s inspired tin toy robots that fired lasers from their eyes and lip synched samples.
To celebrate the tour, Nowness Magazine published a Chemical Brothers ‘take over’ featuring exclusive footage and interviews.