NICK WHITEHOUSE | CREATIVE PRODUCER | LIGHTING DESIGNER | ILLUMINATE ENTERTAINMENT INC

NICK WHITEHOUSE

Nick Whitehouse is a highly experienced creative producer and lighting designer specializing in the design and execution of a wide range of musical and broadcast events such as: ground breaking world tours, arena spectacles, award show performances, live or pre recorded broadcast specials, corporate event & launches, theatrical performances and festival headline slots.

Nick is highly sought after for his forward thinking and technical ability with a reputation for creating and executing outstanding, tour-able, budget conscious and unique designs for a large number of the most successful artists currently in the business.

Nick has built up an impressive range of broadcast credits, from the Grammy nominated “Coldplay Live”, to high profile live television programming the BBC “Electric Proms”, T4’s “Album Chart Show”, C4’s “Koko Pop”, MTV’s “London Live”. A range of international network specials such as Kylie Minogues "Aphrodite Les Folies" Spectacular Sky3D debut and theatrical release, Justin Timberlake’s “Future Sex Love Show” HBO special, Rihanna’s Idol Finale and Beyoncé’s Billboard Award Performance. Events such as the opening ceremony of Dubai’s “Palm Island and Atlantis hotel” and Istanbul’s National Stadium along side a diverse range of concert touring including Coldplay’s “Twisted Logic” world tour, KanYe West’s “Touch The Sky” world tour, Justin Timberlake’s “Future Sex Love Show” world tour, Alicia keys “As I Am” world tour, Britney Spears “Circus” world tour Jay Z and Kanye’s “Watch The Throne” world tour, and most recently the ground breaking and most technologically advanced Kylie "Aphrodite Les Folies" arena tour and the critically acclaimed Justin Timberlake’s “20/20” world tour confirms Nick Whitehouse is at the very top of his field with a unique combined package of Creative Producer and Lighting, Designer

HISTORY

Nicks interest in the field started around 20 years ago working in the technical theatre department of Notre Dame College in Leeds as an lighting/sound and general tech, working on productions such as Little Shop Of Horrors, Grease, Blues Brothers, Cabaret, Rocky Horror Show and various theatrical productions. He quickly outgrew this environment and instead of following the usual path through university enrolled himself in an Live Audio Engineering Course in London, Learning the basics of live audio mixing and working as a tech, FOH engineer and Monitor Engineer in renowned small London venues such as The Garage, Stratford Rex, The Scala, Kings Head, Home and Mean Fiddler.

While working in the above venues he developed more of an interest in lighting as was offered the position of House Lighting Designer at the Forum Kentish Town due to a sudden opening and asked to start immediately he took the plunge. Eventually working here for over 2 years with hundreds of with LD’s and acts such as Macy Gray, Ocean Color Scene, Coldplay, StarSailor, Robbie Williams, Madness, Bare Naked Ladies amongst many many more….. During this time developing a good relationship with Bryan Leitch from Art of Darkness and Siyan and working with him in the warehouse, as crew and occasionally operator for many one off and small touring clients, developing Nick's experience enormously.

After 4 years of hard work and commitment Nick finally got the chance in 1999 to become Lighting Designer for StarSailor’s UK and European tour and embarked on his first Club/Theatre tour as LD and Operator and of course dimmer guy, tech and rigger all in one.. The tour went extremely well, both band and record label loved Nicks ideas and as the band and tour grew in popularity so did Nicks rig and crew.

By 2000 and the end of the Starsailor tour he had made enough of an impression in his forward and different thinking on his mentor Bryan Leitch that he invited him to partner with him as Lighting/ Video and Set Designers for Coldplay who had just started to really take off in the USA. Nick had seen a brand new product in the corner of a stand at PLASA called a rad-light, the first attempt by anyone to have a lighting desk control a video source. It was a crude prototype but Nick took this and with creator Simon Carter presented a concept to Bryan and Coldplay as a unique attempt to use this technology for the first time on a music tour. The tour was a phenomenal success both musically and visually. Bryan and Nick stayed with Coldplay for the next 8 years, each time finding new and progressively different ideas that highlighted Coldplay's shows as pioneers at their live shows. The designs grew from Theatre to Amphitheater to Area and finally to Stadiums, each time new and exciting technologies and unique designs were introduced by Nick and Bryan.

Nick saw the Coldplay tour as a big stepping stone into the touring market, He built fantastic relationships with creators, suppliers, vendors, TV producers and basically everyone needed to support him in pulling off ground breaking creative ideas, He became well respected for pushing boundaries in what was possible and all the time being budget conscious and delivering stunning final results.

In 2006 whilst in Tokyo with Coldplay, Nick was fortunate enough to meet with Justin Timberlake who had caught the show the night before and asked to meet with Nick. During this meeting Nick and Justin immediately clicked creatively and Nick was asked to design JT’s Future Sex Love Show lighting and assist with staging ideas. In 2007 this show opened with epic large scale projection mapping, another first in live music touring. This show also really took Nicks lighting to another level opening the doors for him to a much wider pop audience.

Following the huge successes of Coldplay and JT, Nick was asked to work on all aspects of the production of tours & perfomances for Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Il Divo, Kanye West, Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z and many more. Each time learning and gaining more knowledge of how to design a unique, cost effective and visually stunning show. He has branched out and now specializes in putting together the teams that can produce these spectacle shows as a Creative producer. Most recently working back along side Justin Timberlake to produce all aspects of the visuals and staging for his live and TV performances from his 20/20 Experience campaign again debuting firsts in Projection, Lighting, Laser and Staging Technologies.

Nicks vast experiences with technology and his ability to find and use new emerging technologies has not only defined the shows he has worked on but also helped make some of these technologies common place in the entertainment industry today. He’s not scared to take on a challenge and to deliver that challenge as evidenced by the 2011 Kylie Aphrodite tour with 3 swimming pools and multiple fountains embedded in an arena stage. Something everyone told him was impossible but through hard work and dedication by Nick, Josh Zangen the stage designer and everyone involved in the project the opening nights performance ended with a 10 minute water finale to rival the Bellagio fountains and Disney's World of Color. A truly spectacular sight.

Today Nicks and his company Illuminate Entertainment Is setup to help will all aspects of creating and implimenting Tours, Perfomances and Events. Designed to offer artists and clients a place to go to develop stand out creative they offer everything from taking on the whole production, staffing, suppliers and budgeting down to supplying Nicks signature lighting designs.

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