Our Co-Founder and President, Justin Collie, has been gigging with Maxwell for years. Justin has been his longtime production and lighting designer crafting tours and broadcast appearances. For this tour, which was co-headlined with Mary J. Blige, he handled the bulk of the drawing and CAD work factoring in shared elements and elements specific to each artist. This was the first time the two artists had toured together and while each had distinctively different shows, they also had to provide a cohesive experience for everyone onsite.
The design was based around columns of LED tiles on a tracking system forming a cinema-aspect screen for a changing array of video content when they came together. Maxwell’s soulful performance included text, images and featured footage of the late Prince as well as victims of police brutality. It was a moving performance reminding the audience of the unfortunate reality at that moment. The show was described as “a message of much needed love.”