In celebration of LDI’s 30th anniversary—1988-2018—Live Design gives a shout out to 30 Under 30: thirty young movers and shakers who are changing paradigms, looking at things from new angles, and rapidly rising to the forefront of their field. From scenic, lighting, projection, and costume designers to technicians and programmers, as well as those who work for manufacturers, production companies, or rental shops, our 30 Under 30 are the harbingers of tomorrow.
Matthew Palumbo got his start in the entertainment design industry at the ripe age of 15, when he became lighting director for a mega church with a wealth of modern entertainment technologies at his disposal. Since then, he has participated in some of the world’s premier festivals, including the Moonrise Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and more. At Ultra, he met The-Activity team, and has been working with them ever since. Palumbo recently joined The-Activity team as technical director. “By all accounts, Matt is still in the infancy of his career and is already delivering at a top level,” says Patrick Dierson, The-Activity’s principle designer. “We’re hoping to have a long-lasting relationship with him."
Name: Matthew Palumbo
City, State of residence: Las Vegas, NV
Position/title: Technical Coordinator
Employer (if not freelance): Patrick Dierson, The Activity
Current project(s): Ultra Music Festival Miami
Most notable achievements: Lighting designer, programmer, and operator for Black Violin; lead lighting programmer for an attraction in Royal Caribbean’s Sea Beyond event; lead lighting director for the main stage and built previs and show files for the Ultra Buenos Aires festival.
When I started in this industry: I started in this industry at the age of 13.
How I got into this industry: I started to volunteer at a church called Church by the Glades, and then they hired me at 15 to be the lighting director of the church that included 60+ moving heads and an MA Lighting grandMA2 Lite.
Influences: Ryan Floria, Patrick Dierson, Jim Rood, Joe Bay, and Ruben Laine.
Worst advice I’ve ever heard: “Don’t go with your gut.”
Best advice I’ve ever heard: “Always remember it’s not always about the destination. It’s about the journey.”
My favorite thing about the production industry: The moment in the middle of the show when you take a step back and realize what you are a part of and what you helped make happen.
Favorite design/programming/technical trick: In MA 3D, I like to make my crowd jump up and down when you use the Strobe button.
Plans for the future: Eventually, I want to be a production designer.
Other interests/side gigs: I love photography and going fishing.