Lighting Insights


Jvan Morandi Narrative Light

Early in his career, this Italian-born designer was looking for a way to reflect the melodic sound of his client Faithless for their 2001 tour when he came upon the idea of combining video and light. In pursuit of this vision, he experimented with different alternatives, including an attempt to trigger CD Roms with a […]

Lighting a “Broadcast Campus”

In January 1996, what is now Life.Church was founded as Life Covenant Church in a two car garage equipped with an overhead projector and two construction lights purchased at Lowes for under $40. The church and its technological prowess have both come a long way since then. Ranked among the largest houses of worship in […]

Mike Berger’s Universal Light

As a student at Carnegie Mellon University, this Los Angeles based designer was taught that the same core principles of lighting apply across all disciplines, be they architecture, broadcast, theatre or concert. Although the techniques and technology employed may vary, at its heart the driving force behind lighting design is universal, applying to all areas […]

David Howard’s Lighting Landscape

In the hands of this British designer, lighting isn’t merely a source of illumination, it’s often also a building block of sorts. Wielding fixtures of different configurations, many of them custom made, into a variety of shapes, Howard uses them to construct illuminated set pieces for clients like Woman’s Hour and Myrkur. Howard’s constructs are […]

Martin Thomas – Living Light

Emotions are magnified in the darkness. Perhaps this is why negative space has always played such a significant role in this native New Yorker’s designs for Grammy Award winners like The Alan Parsons Project, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Among the things he likes most about working a live performance is “calling the house […]

Maverick MK3 Wash Rocks The Vote

Patrick Dierson called it “the chandelier.” For the fans who packed Brooklyn’s Barclay Center on Monday night October 21 for the TIDAL X Rock the Vote Show, it was a massive piece of eye candy that riveted their attention as it glittered over the stage in support of the upbeat music being performed below. Anchoring […]

Corey Easterbrook – Elevating Events

To keep your audience engaged, says Corey Easterbrook, you have to create a “continuous flow of looks” that changes as the evening progresses, making sure to add subtle color shifts to your design, and texturizing the stage with deftly projected gobo patterns. The owner of Hothouse Music and Productions in Fort Myers, Florida Easterbrook isn’t […]

Luke Edwards – Patterns in Light

Like some mesmerizing pantomimist who captivates with fluid, silent gestures, lighting can, when artfully choreographed, immerse the sense by creating a dynamic tapestry of shapes and patterns on stage. Luke Edwards has channeled this transformative power of light in recent designs for clients like Jacob Collier and Gary Numan. Eschewing big, sweeping movements, he has […]

Rob Sinclair – Unfinished Light

“Art is never finished,” wrote Leonardo da Vinci. The great Renaissance artist would no doubt have appreciated the approach that this London based designer has taken to lighting shows by a stellar collection of clients that includes Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, Bastille, Queen + Adam Lambert, Tame Impala, David Byrne and Goldfrapp. Meticulous […]

Defining the Stage for Fitz and the Tantrums

Officially, Fitz and the Tantrums are a six-piece band. But to the talented artists who make up this SoCal indie soul ensemble, that’s not entirely accurate. In interview after interview, they go out of their way to point to the seventh member of their group: the audience. This band-crowd connection is evident to anyone who […]

Nick Ho – Lighting the Broad Canvas

Dominating the Kallang waterfront with its towering domed, retractable roof supported by a lattice work of chrome and steel beams, the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub presents an imposing image. But for Nick Ho, the 55,000-seat stadium is just another “office.” In recent years, the Singapore-based LD has built a stellar reputation for […]