you start in the business?
I started working in amateur theatre at 16 and got my first music
gig with some local bands around Dublin when I was 18
What attracted you to it?
I grew up going to as many gigs a week as I could just because I
loved music. Lighting always appealed to me
What was your first professional LD show
and what did it involve kit wise?
Besides doing theatre shows and working in house at various venues,
my first design was for a band called Relish with 12 MAC 250s and a
When did you start using Avo products?
When I started working in house at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin in
1998 - they had 2 consoles. One for theatre and another for music. I
just started coming in early and teaching myself the basics of
moving lights and programming on Pearl 2000.
What’s your most challenging/demanding project to date - and why
Every show has its own challenges and demands but I would have to
say that working with Kane West was a challenge in that he is very
particular and demanding, but he knows what he wants and that’s
always a good thing.
He also demands perfection from every show and that pushes you to be
right on the money all the time which only makes you better in the
end. It was a challenge because it made me think in different ways
about programming and designing and how I would naturally look at
things in terms of lighting a show.
What was/is the most challenging aspect of the recent Killers
The most challenging aspect was trying to make a show that would
work for the first 2,000 people in an arena so that it wouldn’t
distract from the band and also work from the back row of the
balcony without any Video or I-mag support and still tie into the
general theme of the design brief I received from the band.
What were the last 2 albums you downloaded or bought?
Solarcade - This Beautiful Demon
Rufus Wainwright - Release The Stars
Who would you most like to see live?
Who/what would you most like to light?
R.E.M., Rufus Wainwright or maybe a Broadway musical
What advice would you would give to an aspiring young Steve
There is such a thing as too much Jagermeister!!!
Always do as good a job as you can, be it a headline band at a arena
or first on the new bands stage at midday Sunday on a festival as
you never know who
Will end up where,,,, and the Jager thing again!!!!