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What's your current occupation?
lighting designer
Where did you learn your craft?
Who have you worked for or where have you worked in the past?
Jill Scott, Alan Parsons, BANKS, D'Angelo, David Benoit, Todd Rundgren, Robert Plant, Erykah Badu, Foreigner, Fantasia Barrino
What's your favorite new technology?
Robe Pointe.... Still.
Do you have any words of wisdom for your fellow lighting pros?
Approach every show, every event, every project as art. Very few people do what we can, and what we do influences people's emotions, even in a tiny way. Leave your mark. Leave an impression. Do your best. Get to work.
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Lighting Director/ Designer for:



•ERYKAH BADU 2001- 2014 World Tours (Lighting Designer/ LD)

•ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT 2004-15 World Tours (Production Designer, LD)

•JILL SCOTT 2007- 2015 World Tours (Production Designer/LD)

•D’ANGELO 2000 and 2012 World Tours(Lighting Designer/ Production Designer 2012 Tours)

•THE BLACK EYED PEAS 2006 European Tour (Lighting Designer/LD)

•TODD RUNDGREN "Todd & Healing Tours 2010/2011; STATE Tour 2013 (Lighting Designer/ LD)

•DAVID BENOIT "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Tour 2014 (Lighting Designer/ LD)

•FANTASIA BARRINO :Back To Me" 2010 Tour (Lighting Designer/ LD)

•BANKS 2014 World Tour (Asst. Lighting Designer/ LD)

•KELLY ROWLAND 2003 European Tour (WholeHog II Console)

•RAPHAEL SAADIQ 2003 Promotional Tour/ Live Video Shoot (AVO Sapphire Console)

•MAXWELL 2001 U.S. Tour (Lighting Direction Only) (Vari*Lite Virtuoso Console)

•BOYZ II MEN 2001 Asian Tour (WholeHog II Console)

•SARAH BRIGHTMAN 1999 U.S. Tour (Lighting Direction Only) (WholeHog II Console)

•CHRIS BROWN 2006-07 U.S. Tour, Television and One-Off Performances (Martin MAXXYZ Console)

•MUSIQ SOULCHILD 2004 U.S. Tour ( AVO Diamond 4 Console)

•LOU GRAMM 2003 U.S. Tour (WholeHog II Console)

•SOUL SPECTACULAR ON ICE 2003 U.S. Debut (WholeHog II Console)

•FOREIGNER 2002 North American Tour (Production Manager/ Lighting Director)

•P. DIDDY 2002 U.S. Tour (WholeHog II Consoles)

•CHRIS WHITLEY 1997- 1998 U.S. Tours (AVO Sapphire Console)

•ROGER DALTREY 1994 U.S. Tour (Lighting Direction Only) (AVO QM500 Console)

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At 12:38pm on February 21, 2013, Randell Gillespie said…

Martin ?

Are you still around here on PLS?


Just checking my friend.

At 7:33am on December 28, 2011, Randell Gillespie said…

Hey Martin, i just finished a 3 week promo tour for Robin Thicke's new album release. More TV appearences (8) than actual concerts (6), but that should change come the new year.


We should get Robin and Jill Scott to do a tour together this coming year, huh ?!?

That design for the JS block party was awesome by the way ...

At 6:45pm on May 18, 2011, Scott Plummer said…
Whatz Up ? I know you have a Birthday coming up. Let have a Beer or 2 or 3 or. Let Me know what your up to. Text me
At 7:21am on May 17, 2011, Wayne Lambert said…
The blue photo is fantastic! I'm never totally sure what art is, but I'm pretty sure that is.
At 11:54am on May 16, 2011, Randell Gillespie said…

Bless your heart, kind words indeed.

I will try and throw my hat into the ring next time.

At 10:21am on May 16, 2011, Randell Gillespie said…

Congrats Martin on the Color blue win .....

Nice going.

At 2:09pm on January 4, 2011, Richard Cadena said…
Hey my brother! And a very Happy New Year to you and yours. Best of luck on your next trail of adventure and make sure you light the money well. That reminds me, I've got to get with Mike to find out where the Fantasia story is. Speak to you soon. Safe travels.
At 2:07pm on May 17, 2010, Jim Fitzpatrick said…
hey martin hope you are well..what you got going on these days?? still scetchy and slow for me.. a little but not enough.. give me a shout on my email fitzie07@gmail
take care

At 5:20pm on February 2, 2010, Chris Velasco said…
Hey Martin whats shaken? Have not heard from you. Are you still coming out here? At The House Of Blues?Did you have a show out here coming up?

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Martin Thomas replied to Nook Schoenfeld's discussion Adele and the Rain
"From what I've seen, she's playing 360 shows surrounded by four panels of sheer scrims. If it's RP, it's coming in from a high, steep angle and it's being keystone corrected in the server; I saw an iMag shot of her and it…"
Mar 10
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Todd Rundgren GLOBAL Tour 2015

Photo courtesy Todd Kaplan Photography
Jul 12, 2015
Martin Thomas commented on Martin Thomas's photo

Todd Rundgren Global Tour 2015

"Omega 8mm tiles from LMG... I have four towers and a DJ riser for video, driven out of the lighting console. Come see the show in Chicago in a few weeks, if you're around."
Jul 12, 2015
Nook Schoenfeld commented on Martin Thomas's photo

Todd Rundgren Global Tour 2015

"Martin, Are you projecting on some soft goods upstage? I like the texture feel however you accomplished this. Well done"
Jul 11, 2015
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Jul 2, 2015
Martin Thomas commented on David Henry's blog post What to Do When Your Show Runs off it's Tracks
"As the long-time LD for Erykah Badu, I spent lots of time nailing down a functional punt page- on any desk du jour I was thrown- for almost 15 years.... E was notorious for falling off the tracks nightly, as there was no official set list. Nothing…"
Jul 2, 2015
Martin Thomas commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Lighting guys and in ears monitors
"I've been on ears for about a year now- Shure pack, stereo wired- feed coming from monitor engineer (all of which TOTALLY dig giving me a nice overall mix; especially when you can compliment them about it at the end of the night). I will wear…"
Feb 22, 2014
Martin Thomas replied to Truth Collins's discussion Control options for architectural lighting and clubs? What's available?
"Just recently did an install in Todd and Michelle Rundgren's Tiki bar and restaurant in Hawaii... Install was for straight ambient lighting that needed to have control over all areas and be able to have a backup system on line. I chose the…"
Feb 22, 2014
Martin Thomas commented on Brandon Creel's blog post The Worst Part of Programming
"One Team- One Goal. Best advice I can give you. Some tips for you- -Write an all white leko at 40% look and put it in fader 1- and then you can leave it up for the backline guys while they work and write your other looks through it (and it wont…"
Aug 6, 2012
Martin Thomas posted a status
"Do you know me? Are you like me? Have you seen me? I need someone to be me... Summer desk jockey positions available... Contact me."
May 18, 2012
Martin Thomas replied to Norie Bermudez's discussion Steps on how to be a lighting designer
"Study art. Learn how they use light in paintings and photography to capture a moment in time."
Sep 11, 2011
Martin Thomas replied to Geoff's discussion Worst place to run lights from?
"Behind 6'4" FOH Engineer Jon Smeltz in a flat floor situation... The man needs roller skates to mix... To the left, to the right..."
Sep 11, 2011
Martin Thomas commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post Use your mouth...., please
"What I'm getting more pissed off about is the stewards/ labor management companies looking at their schedules and thinking "This would be a good training show day for my new spot ops" because they look at the headliner and if it…"
Sep 11, 2011
Martin Thomas replied to Justin Lang's discussion Color Contest - Light Beams!
" Jill Scott Summer Block Party Tour 2011... Design, programming and Direction by martin Thomas- Relentless Lighting Design"
Aug 2, 2011
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Aug 2, 2011
Martin Thomas commented on Nook Schoenfeld's blog post "Just plug that in anywhere", episode 2
"I find that a well placed stack of bricks, within distance of my throwing arm, is a great deterrent to most video directors beating up my shows... (KIDDING!!! Love my vidiots!!)"
Jun 7, 2011

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