Scott Warner (lighting designer)

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Scott Warner
Scott Warner with original Cyclone prototype.jpg
Background information
Birth nameScott Warner
OriginLatrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation(s)Lighting designer and director, video director
Years active1988–present

Scott Warner (born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania) is a U.S.-based lighting designer[1][2] who has recently designed for Icona Pop, Train, The Pussycat Dolls,[3][4][5] Jimmy Eat World, Everclear, David Cook,[6] and Gavin Degraw.[7][8] Warner started his career is the late 1980s with the Pittsburgh-based bands, The Affordable Floors and The Cynics.[9] His first national client was the shock rock group GWAR.

Scott is currently the Lighting Designer and Director for Stone Sour, Erika Jayne, Queen Latifah and Lighting Director for Alice Cooper.


Recording Era[edit]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Warner was an Independent Producer and Engineer, recording out of studios in Pittsburgh and New York. His main studio was The Flagrant Underground, a 16 track studio in Pittsburgh. In 1988 while working for Zanzibar Records, Scott recorded a song titled "Zip It"[10] that he was contracted to write for talk show host Morton Downey Jr. The song was played on Downey's show as well as the Dr. Demento show. Downey endorsed the record, but a dispute with his network forced the label to stop distributing the record. The song can be heard in the film Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie.

The Robe Robin Cyclone[edit]

Warner has teamed up with Robe Lighting based in the Czech Republic to create an innovative lighting fixture called The Cyclone.[11] This one of a kind effects moving head product has an integrated fan in the centre of the head surrounded by a ring of 24 x high powered RGBW multichip LEDs. The Cyclone made its live debut[12] with the Swedish group Icona Pop while supporting Miley Cyrus on her 2014 US tour and the UK leg of Katy Perry's 2104 tour.

The Cyclone also made its NLH Hockey debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins[13] during their 2014 season opener. The Cyclone has been used by Kaiser Chiefs, Lady Gaga, Sublime With Rome,[14] Oscar and The Wolf (MIA Awards),[15] The "14-18 Spektakel Musical,"[16] Charli XCX,[17] the Trans-Siberian Orchestras "Ghosts Of Christmas Eve" tour, SpaceXperience,[18] BodyGuard Musical,[19] The Blue Man Group in Las Vegas[20] and Alice Cooper's 2019 European Tour.

Cyclone Award Nominations[edit]

  • Nominated for the 2014 "Indispensable Technology in Lighting" Parnelli Award[21]
  • Nominated for selection in the PLASA 2013 Awards for Innovation.

Lighting design and direction clients[edit]


  • GWAR "Penguin Attack" Music Video/ Lighting Director
  • GWAR "Saddam A-GoGo" Music Video/ Lighting Director
  • Carolina Liar "King Of Broken Hearts" Music Video/ Director and Producer
  • The Mayfield Four "Sick and Wrong" Music Video/ Director
  • Steve Vai "Live At The Astoria" DVD Lighting Director
  • The PussyCat Dolls Live from Manchester Evening News Arena Video Lighting Designer/Director
  • Everclear "When It All Goes Wrong Again" Video Band Performance Lighting Director
  • David Cook "Fade Into Me" Video Lighting Director (live performance)
  • Porcelain Black "Mama Forgive Me" Music Video/ Lighting Designer/Director

Watson's Awakening "Cobwebs Of The Mind" Music Video/ Director


  1. ^ "The Shend interrogates lighting designer Scott Warner". Lighting And Sound International. May 2011. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  2. ^ "Scott Warner: The Next Roy Bennett?". PLSN. May 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "GRANDMA PURR-FECT CHOICE FOR PUSSYCAT DOLLS". ACT. 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  4. ^ "HSL Invests for Pussycat Dolls". HSL. 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "Bandit Pushes The Buttons For Pussycat Dolls". Live Design. December 2006. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Robe Robin Cyclone". PLSN. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Sharpy Fixtures Tour the U.S. with DeGraw and Cook". Clay Paky. 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "Gavin DeGraw and David Cook take a grandMA2 light on US Tour". Live Production. November 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  9. ^ "No Siesta Tonite - The Cynics". Billboard. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
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  11. ^ "Robe Cooks Up Some Magic". Robe. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  12. ^ "Icona Pop Blown Away". Live Production. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "Pittsburgh Penguins Opens Season with Visual Punch from Robe Cyclone Fixtures". PLSN. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  14. ^ "Cyclones on Sublime with Rome Tour". TPI Magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  15. ^ "PWL Design For MIA Awards". avnetwork. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  16. ^ "Painting With Light illuminates-14-18-Spektakel". Live Design. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  17. ^ "Boom Clap - Robe Cyclones for Charli XCX!". Robe. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
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