In a time where the pandemic has put a pause on live performances for the foreseeable future, Belmont alumni Erik Anderson, Gordon Droitcour, Emily Buckner Pierce and David Supica wanted to create a sustainable live experience where creatives could use their skills, equipment could be put to use and audiences could safely experience live entertainment once again.
This group of alumni has joined forces to do just that, providing innovative entertainment safely with a new concept called EAMOTION and its debut event “Tempo.” Pandemic-safe and contact-free, this immersive sensory experience physically guides attendees along a fixed course of dynamically-designed audiovisual installations. Tempo debuts in Nashville September 18-22 at the at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
Erik Anderson, 2009 music business alumnus, and Gordon Droitcour, 2010 audio engineering and entrepreneurship alumnus, teamed up in 2015 to start their company Cour Design & Cour Content and have designed world-touring stage productions for artists like Billie Eilish, Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo, Maggie Rogers, Maren Morris and Paramore.
Belmont communications design alumna Emily Buckner Pierce serves as Art Director for EAMOTION, and Belmont commercial music alumnus David Supica serves as Operations Director.
“Erik and Gordon recognized early on that live entertainment as we knew it couldn’t go back to how it was before – it had to be nimble and scale efficiently to address local and global challenges,” said Pierce. “None of us were spared professionally from the impacts of COVID, so finding a sustainable way to work again was a key motivator. They pitched to myself, David and a few other industry professionals the idea of combining the self-contained environment of the humble, holiday, light show drive-thru with the familiar elements and scale of an arena tour or festival. Creative problem solving is a cornerstone of what we do anyways, so it only seemed natural to dive head first into figuring out the creative opportunities and logistics involved with actually putting on such an event at scale.”
EAMOTION has all the familiar elements of a concert experience on a much larger scale. It is a safe and scalable experience that, following the same model touring and production companies already use but with pandemic-safe guidelines, can be something that tours across America to provide no-contact entertainment for the whole family. The experience showcases a 50-foot tall pyramid constructed from more than 2,000 video panels and 400-foot wide projection mapped surfaces. The two-mile outdoor course includes more than 8,000 lighting, video and special effects elements, providing a 40-60 minute live entertainment experience for the audience.
“Since we’re introducing a new concept of what live entertainment can be, I’m most amped for when folks have that ‘ah-ha’ moment when they take in the scale of what we’ve achieved,” said Pierce.
Learn more about EAMOTION and get tickets for the debut event, Tempo, at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on September 18-22 at eamotion.com/.