Get To Know KM Productions: The light, sound and video wizards of NYC’s best EDM shows

If you’re an EDM fan in New York, there’s a good chance you celebrated the start of 2017 at an event made possible by KM Productions. The company, started in 1998 by Kevin Mignone, joined together with RPM Presents to put on huge shows with DJ Snake, Gareth Emery, Justice and Crystal Castles that took place across the city this past week. Responsible for the sound, lighting, video projection and event logistics at these events, it’s safe to say New Years in NYC would not have been what it was without KM.

Photos by Ryan Krukowski for KM Productions

Mignone started the company when he was just 13-years-old, booking and producing shows and incorporating complicated light shows for DJs before it became the norm.

“The company was started in 1998, kind of a started-in-my-father’s-garage story. A couple of really great opportunities crossed my path and I was able to link them all together and develop a company out of it in a very short time,” said Mignone. “Now, we’re certainly handling a larger demographic of events. We do EDM concerts, all sorts of outdoor festivals, private events, corporate events, birthday parties on rooftops.”

DJ Snake at Pier 94


DJ Snake at Pier 94

For EDM shows, KM Productions works directly with artists to ensure that all lighting and sound are up-to-standards and will provide the crowd will be treated to a memorable experience. While it ultimately comes down to a few hours of partying during showtime, Mignone and his team start work months ahead of time.

“The talks start very early on in the year. My company is responsible not only for supplying and operating the gear, but for designing the show inside the venue. We started talking about New Year’s in April of this past year.”

Gareth Emery at Brooklyn Hangar

At a show like Gareth Emery’s Electric For Life at the Brooklyn Hangar on New Year’s Eve, KM works directly with the artists playing to build a stage and experience that matches previous touring set-ups, but is unique for the event. Simple, broad ideas are then translated to more exact notes as the show draws closer, and construction begins in warehouses to then be transported on trucks to the venue.

“As we get closer in, generally about three months out, we’ll have more detailed notes from the artist. We’ll have our whole team in place at that point in a heavy design phase, prepping all of the stuff that you see at a show at our warehouse. The whole system is teched, programmed, setup, and completely together at our shop, moved to the truck, and is fully functional when it rolls into the venue the first time.”

The work doesn’t end at load-in though. KM Productions runs a 100% live-show without timecodes, meaning that lights, sound and video are being operated on the spot. Any unexpected changes in live sets or interruptions in the performance require Mignone and his team to constantly on their toes. At most of the shows around New Year’s Eve, that was a team of eight people. For some bigger productions, like the Circuit Grounds Stage the company ran at Electric Daisy Carnival New York in 2015, that day-of team doubled in size.

Justice at Pier 94

“Our audio team is there monitoring and queuing and changing the dynamic of the sound as the night goes on as well. Our video team is either pushing artist content or our content onto the screen. It’s a very live scenario.”

From the outside, the recent batch of shows were ran seamlessly. Lights were bright, sound was loud, and the music was brought-up a level by the production, which is of course the ultimate goal. A wide-range of problems can come up, from noise restrictions to demanding artists, but when you’ve been at it for almost 20 years, it’s hard to be phased by any issues.

Looking forward, KM Productions is gearing into the final weeks of lead-up for an upcoming show in New York with Tiesto, and then the conversations about the next round of Halloween and New Year’s celebrations begins. Talent will be announced, work will begin, and before we know it, we’ll be packing into warehouses across the city again to see what crazy things Kevin Mignone and his crew have come up with this time.

Brian Benton

Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

Get To Know KM Productions: The light, sound and video wizards of NYC’s best EDM shows

If you’re an EDM fan in New York, there’s a good chance you celebrated the start of 2017 at an event made possible by KM Productions. The company, started in 1998 by Kevin Mignone, joined together with RPM Presents to put on huge shows with DJ Snake, Gareth Emery, Justice and Crystal Castles that took place across the city this past week. Responsible for the sound, lighting, video projection and event logistics at these events, it’s safe to say New Years in NYC would not have been what it was without KM.

Photos by Ryan Krukowski for KM Productions

Mignone started the company when he was just 13-years-old, booking and producing shows and incorporating complicated light shows for DJs before it became the norm.

“The company was started in 1998, kind of a started-in-my-father’s-garage story. A couple of really great opportunities crossed my path and I was able to link them all together and develop a company out of it in a very short time,” said Mignone. “Now, we’re certainly handling a larger demographic of events. We do EDM concerts, all sorts of outdoor festivals, private events, corporate events, birthday parties on rooftops.”

DJ Snake at Pier 94


DJ Snake at Pier 94

For EDM shows, KM Productions works directly with artists to ensure that all lighting and sound are up-to-standards and will provide the crowd will be treated to a memorable experience. While it ultimately comes down to a few hours of partying during showtime, Mignone and his team start work months ahead of time.

“The talks start very early on in the year. My company is responsible not only for supplying and operating the gear, but for designing the show inside the venue. We started talking about New Year’s in April of this past year.”

Gareth Emery at Brooklyn Hangar

At a show like Gareth Emery’s Electric For Life at the Brooklyn Hangar on New Year’s Eve, KM works directly with the artists playing to build a stage and experience that matches previous touring set-ups, but is unique for the event. Simple, broad ideas are then translated to more exact notes as the show draws closer, and construction begins in warehouses to then be transported on trucks to the venue.

“As we get closer in, generally about three months out, we’ll have more detailed notes from the artist. We’ll have our whole team in place at that point in a heavy design phase, prepping all of the stuff that you see at a show at our warehouse. The whole system is teched, programmed, setup, and completely together at our shop, moved to the truck, and is fully functional when it rolls into the venue the first time.”

The work doesn’t end at load-in though. KM Productions runs a 100% live-show without timecodes, meaning that lights, sound and video are being operated on the spot. Any unexpected changes in live sets or interruptions in the performance require Mignone and his team to constantly on their toes. At most of the shows around New Year’s Eve, that was a team of eight people. For some bigger productions, like the Circuit Grounds Stage the company ran at Electric Daisy Carnival New York in 2015, that day-of team doubled in size.

Justice at Pier 94

“Our audio team is there monitoring and queuing and changing the dynamic of the sound as the night goes on as well. Our video team is either pushing artist content or our content onto the screen. It’s a very live scenario.”

From the outside, the recent batch of shows were ran seamlessly. Lights were bright, sound was loud, and the music was brought-up a level by the production, which is of course the ultimate goal. A wide-range of problems can come up, from noise restrictions to demanding artists, but when you’ve been at it for almost 20 years, it’s hard to be phased by any issues.

Looking forward, KM Productions is gearing into the final weeks of lead-up for an upcoming show in New York with Tiesto, and then the conversations about the next round of Halloween and New Year’s celebrations begins. Talent will be announced, work will begin, and before we know it, we’ll be packing into warehouses across the city again to see what crazy things Kevin Mignone and his crew have come up with this time.

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