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Sep 5, 2017

Q and A: Tony Davies from Chameleon Touring Systems

The Managing Director of Event Awards exclusive lighting partner talks about his favourite events, what sets Chameleon apart from its competitors and the challenges and opportunities facing the events industry.

What do you do at Chameleon Touring Systems?

Managing Director. As such, my role is to oversee the day-to-day operations, capital purchases, allocating of equipment to projects, prepping of lighting systems and staff.

Give us a sneak peek at your career before your current role at Chameleon.

Straight out of school I went to work in the hire department at Lightmoves Sydney. I toured with numerous Australian and international bands touring Australia in the 80s before starting Chameleon.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

My favourite part of the job would be working with a wide cross section of the best lighting designers/production managers in events, theatre, music and television.

How would friends and colleagues describe you?

I don't go to work to make friends!

What’s your favourite Australian event and why?

Bluesfest in Byron Bay, The Sydney Royal Easter Show and Sydney Festival because they're all hugely successful annual events, with whom Chameleon has had a long association.

What sets Chameleon apart from its competitors?

Chameleon prides itself on being 100% privately Australian owned and operated. We are solely a specialist lighting company servicing the events industry for 30 years.

What’s the different between average and great lighting and how does Chameleon make it?

Budget, lighting director and the latest, cutting edge lighting products.

What kinds of events does Chameleon typically lend its services to?

Chameleon's core business is specialist theatrical lighting supply to television, film, music, theatre and corporate/special events. We also provide lighting for sporting events and festivals. In addition to long-standing clients such as Sydney Festival, some of our most recent work includes Australian Ninja Warrior, The Voice, Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass, ARIAS, Kinky Boots Australian Tour, Arianna Grande and London Grammar, just to name a few.

What’s the most interesting event you’ve ever worked on with Chameleon?

Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Rugby World Cup 2003.

What do you think are the challenges facing Australia’s events industry? What are the opportunities?

Challenges are budgets, lack of set up time compared to size and complexity of events. Opportunities are future growth due to technology and new exciting venues.

Views expressed in this Q and A are solely those of the subject of the Q and A.