Lighting Designer and Audio Engineer Luke Stratton (The Smashing Pumpkins, Dopapod, Thievery Corporation) sits down with various lighting designers, directors, and programmers from the live music industry to find out what makes them tick, what tools they use to get the job done, and what it means to be a wizard, a mad scientist, and sometimes even a Jedi.
Ep009: Joel Reiff
Joel Reiff is nothing short of a legend. He's been working in the live music industry since 1996, and his CV includes act such as Godsmack, Jason Mraz, 50 Cent, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Korn, Audioslave, Beck, Bob Dylan, Live, and many other. In this episode of The Light Side Podcast, he and Luke sit down for a retrospective of Joel's vast and diverse career. Topics include war stories, lighting for music videos, and Baby Yoda.
Ep008: Sachem Arvidson
The Light Side and host Luke Stratton return with an interview with Sachem Arvidson. The two crossed paths while Arvidson was running video and LED content for The Flaming Lips at Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival. Topics including Resolume, Magic Music Visualizer, Arvidson's history with The Flaming Lips, and a video crash corse for lighting designers.
Ep007: Candace Brightman
Legendary Grateful Dead lighting designer Candace Brightman discusses her 40+ year career lighting live music and explains her design process through four decades of technological evolution. She also reflects on being a woman in a male dominated industry and the role psychedelics played in her career.
Ep006: Phish Part 2 (Chris Kuroda, Andrew Giffin, Terry Smith)
In the 2nd half of their two part interview, Lighting Designer/Director Christopher Kuroda, Associate Designer and Programmer Andrew Giffin, and Lighting Crew Chief Terry Smith dig deep into the inner workings of Phish’s light rig. Recorded at Front-of-House and back stage inside Madison Square Garden during the band’s historic 13 night “Baker’s Dozen” run, Chris, Gif, Terry, and Luke discuss Gif and Terry’s origin backstories, the inner workings of programming the lighting and automation systems, and Kuroda’s secret tricks for lighting the vocal jam in You Enjoy Myself.
Ep005: Phish Part 1 (Chris Kuroda, Andrew Giffin)
Lighting designer and director Christopher Kuroda and associate designer and Programmer Andrew Giffin tell all in this exclusive two part episode on Phish's new light rig. Recorded at Front-of-House inside Madison Square Garden during the band's historic 13 night "Baker's Dozen" run, Chris, Gif, and Luke discuss the new truss automation system, the history of Phish light rigs over the years, working with Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, and this season of Game of Thrones.
Ep004: Michael Smalley
In this three hour marathon episode, Luke delves into the mind Michael Smalley of Twin Designs. From his storied history lighting EDM DJ/producer Bassnectar to his culturally rich experiences working with rapper Pitbull, Smalley tells all from his creative design process and the interworking of his lighting console to a crash course in “timecoding” and the balance of ego versus art.
Know you’re busy, but want more!
Love this podcast! It’s great to hear the stories of your guests if for nothing else than a little motivation and inspiration. But also for a little insight into the nitty gritty of console programming and design styles.
So thanks for taking the time to do this, I know you’re a busy dude. But as you also know this industry can be a rough place and a lot of people within it don’t want to share the kind of information that’s discussed on this podcast. So thank you from all the young designers, programmers, and operators.
P.s. Would love to hear someone interview you in this same style format. I know you’ve talked about yourself in most of the episodes but would be curious to hear the full story in episode version. Just an idea!
Thanks so much for taking the time to gather the information we all always think about and want to know but don’t have the resources to get it done. So much information contained within these podcasts. Found myself listening every chance I got. Can’t wait to hear more! Everyone throw him a little money so he can keep this going!
One of the Best Lighting Podcasts
Luke does a great job with his questions and directing this podcast. The content is very interesting from all aspects; technical, design, and history of how they got started. Thankful for these episodes and look forward to more!