Martin M1™ for Lenny Kravitz at TW Classic Festival


Lighting director and lighting op Jesse Blevins directed this summer’s Lenny Kravitz light show at the TW Classic festival in Belgium from a Martin M1 lighting console with high res custom video content played back on a Martin Maxedia Broadcast™.

“The M1’s footprint has been very convenient for us,” Jesse says of Martin’s full-featured yet compact lighting desk. “It’s a big console in a small frame and very easy to get in and out of small, cramped FOHs, at festivals and theaters especially. It’s great to have something this size and still have the processing and surface space to produce what you need.”

The M1 console for the Lenny Kravitz performance was supplied by Steve Cohen Productions with Martin Support Engineer Kris Van Hullebusch on site for any support needs, such as an upgrade to the new SSD drive, which improves console speed and reaction time, reduces boot up time, and makes the console more stable in high vibration environments, a service Jesse greatly appreciated according to Kris.


The M1’s growing popularity stems from a design based on simplicity combined with a fast dual-core processor that ensures an extremely responsive user interface. The easy-to-use concept and portable package has struck a chord with lighting programmers and designers across the globe.


During the show, live video of Kravitz was integrated in the lightshow and broadcast on a large, triangle-shaped video screen. Capture of the live video stream was done via the Martin MCC card for the Maxedia Broadcast, which meant that frame delay was minimal and latency between the performers on stage and the live video on screen was extremely low.

Lighting Designer: Steve Cohen
Lighting Director / Lighting Op: Jesse Blevins
Lighting Programmer: Bryan Barancik
Maxedia Programmer: Curtis Cox


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Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries.