What does a Lighting Director do on Tour? ft. Jeff Maker (All Time Low, Our Last Night)

Jeff Maker is the guy that makes the artists look their best on stage. He is a lighting director, sometimes referred to as an LD. Jeff is most well known for his work with All Time Low over the past ten years. Designing and directing their light show when they were a minor artist and then scaling his abilities as they grew over the years. Now he is one of the best in the game. We hope you enjoy learning from Jeff as much as we did.

In this episode of the Don’t Shit On The Bus podcast we will learn:
• Jeff’s journey to success in the touring world
• A day in the life of a lighting designer on the road
• The importance of taking care of your crew
• Tips for being a successful lighting designer

(0:00​) Intro
(2:22) Jeff gets on the bus
​(7:43) Jeff’s start to touring
(12:40) Learning and growing on the road
(18:07) Lighting designer vs lighting director (and what the job entails)
(23:12) Skills needed to be a good LD
(24:14) Daily responsibilities
(27:03) Soundcheck
(31:45) Photography and lighting go hand in hand
(37:01) Doors and bunk time
(39:11) Being a team player and having a contingency plan
(45:49) Showtime
(49:06) Lighting up during the day
(50:45) Loadout and preparing for success for the next day
(53:26) Wrap up


Jeff Maker – Guest

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