Michael Apostolos is the Creative Director and Production Designer behind live entertainment and musical performances for Noah Cyrus, Billie Eilish, Travis Scott, Marren Morris, Alicia Keys, and many more. His stage work can be seen for live performances during the Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, Jimmy Fallon, Late Late Show and SNL.
Michael has worked on every performance with Chance the Rapper for the last 7 years. He is the visual story teller for artists’ music.
Before he worked with artists, Michael started his career as a lighting technician for a Chicago lighting company during high school where he got his first taste of live events and venue shows. He quickly turned into a freelance lighting designer, working for Chance the Rapper and various artists. Some of his past work includes "The Big Store" as an interactive exhibit to announce Chance the Rapper's album "The Big Day," and Noah Cyrus TV performances on Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show.
He founded Four Line Creative at the end of 2019, a space to create with other creative professionals. He sums up his work as a Visual Storyteller who works with teams to create the visual story for an artist's music including their performances and music videos.
He owes his quick success to the mentors that helped him along the way, to be able to ask questions and to learn as much as he can within lighting and production.
In this episode of The Set Up Podcast, you will learn the "ins and outs" of stage and lighting design and music performance creative direction. Whether you are working with artists or are an artist, this episode breaks down the production that goes into a performance. You can expect these main topics in our full episode at the link below.
Lighting Design Console Types & Beginner Consoles
Creative Process for live performances
TV Studio Performance Set Up
Location, Location, Location
Listen to Episode 15 of The Set Up Podcast here!