For over two decades, Alan Wild was a professional stage & lighting designer in the music industry.
Working with artists such as Fischer Z, Gary Numan, Ultravox, Peter Gabriel, Asia, David Gilmour, Téléphone, Simple Minds, Human League, Level 42, Dead or Alive, Erasure & Midge Ure. He toured the world many times and developed a unique and dynamic style of lighting.
On his David Gilmour show, he introduced the MR16 lamp to the music industry. It was a lamp previously used in shop window display. It was a game changer.
Thomas Engineering manufactured, what is now an industry standard miniture ParCan for this lamp which is now used throughout the world. The Birdie.
Alan designed not only the spectacular stage set but also revamped the format of The British Record Industry Awards show at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
It is now know as The Brits and today that format continues.
He returned to Scotland in the early nineties, after living in London, Lancaster PA, & Paris...opening a computer graphic design outlet in the Edinburgh's city centre.
It was during this period he passed his audition, joined The Edinburgh Magic Circle and became Magic-AL.
He achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Stage Management & Theatre Production in 1997 and soon after became Scenic Artist/ Design Assistant with the award winning Dundee Rep Theatre.
AND OFF WE GO!
In 2005 he took up employment with Angus Council, was heavily involved with the refurbishment and technical requirements of The Webster Theatre in Arbroath, where he remained for ten years developing their venues, producing & stage managing shows and as always, designing.
In early 2013, Alan met up with old friends Simple Minds who were playing in Dundee. His passion for concert photography was rekindled after he was allowed to shoot the entire show Soon he was capturing his former employers Gary Numan, Midge Ure and American Folk Rock singer Lissie .
By the end of the year, Alan was Official Photographer for Simple Minds at The Hydro in Glasgow and his work was included in their DVD of the event.
Eventually, his passion and enthusiasm expired at The Webster Theatre due to financial cuts, poor management and a programme that lacked ambition and so it was time to move on and resume his career as a photographer.