They are the road crew, but what do they do? DiS is fascinated by how lights can enhance* a gig, so we had a conversation with lighting and production designer Ed Warren of http://www.nextlevellights.com about his journey from watching bands to flicking on the bright lights on for a Glastonbury headline set. He's worked with everyone from Mumford & Sons to Four Tet via Interpol, Antlers, Metronomy, Father John Misty, Shakira, Mogwai, The Maccabees, The Strokes and loads more. In this first of a series of behind the scenes chats with people who are part of the village that makes music happen, Ed shared tales from the road, some helpful career advice, and his Kickstarter project. Shortly after we spoke he won the TPi Award for Best Lighting Designer.
* = and in some cases ruin