I met Sarah when we were both on tour with Haim, and if there is a perfect example of an inspiring and amazing Modern Hobo, it's her! She is an incredible lighting designer and I'm so glad I got to witness her shows in person. Read on for her tips & stories!
NAME: Sarah Landau
NICKNAME(S): That's private ;)
OCCUPATION: Lighting Designer
YOUR BAND/COMPANY: Current: Grimes, M83, Brand New, Haim, Savages, Childish Gambino, Bleachers, Susanne Sundfør, The Knife, Austra, Zola Jesus.
BANDS YOU'VE WORKED FOR: Past: Purity Ring, Ladytron, Passion Pit, Beach House, Glassjaw, Gossip, The Faint, Janelle Monae, Jason Mraz, All Time Low.
OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Cave Scuba Diver, master instagram photographer.
YOUR STORY: Moved around a lot as a kid. Studied theatre lighting in college thanks to a wacky and inspirational professor who was best at installation art, not theatre, and learned precious few practical skills but a lot of art. Fell into concert and event lighting thanks to a craigslist job ad posting for a warehouse position at legendary NYC lighting and sound company See Factor. Got properly schooled by some hilarious characters - old school dudes with wild stories about Rush and Tesla tours in the 80s. Simultaneously worked as a house LD at Irving Plaza and started touring in 2006. Put my stuff in storage a year or so later, been a hobo ever since. Now been to all 50 states, 73 countries, with a very long to-go list.
FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: So many! Top 3:
- Making amazing friends and then running into them all over the world.
- Using flights to and from "home" to facilitate vacations.
- Every day being different.
TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: Attaching my tour pass to my water canteen so I don't lose either of them, and stay hydrated. My light shows and a good spot at FOH are very seductive to people from Tinder.