A Windsor man will be lighting the way on part of Justin Bieber's latest tour.
Adam Marz is no stranger to show business. The 27-year-old is the owner of Marz Media, a lighting design and audio-visual production company.
He had his staff were busy lately, overseeing lighting and sound, for local events all over Essex County last week when the call came. He was asked to join the Believe Tour.
Two days later he was in sunny California.
"I quietly played it cool and said ‘I think I can make that work,’" Marz said from L.A. Tuesday. "Meanwhile, I’m jumping because I’m so excited."
Marz is co-ordinating lighting for opening act Mike Posner, who will tour with Bieber for another 18 shows in the next 30 days.
A lighting company from Toronto lights Bieber's show.
Marz hooked up with the tour in San Diego last week and lit another show in L.A. a few days later.
"It’s really exciting for me to see a show at that level. That really is an A-level production," he said. "It’s something I’ve yet to experience. When it all comes together … it’s just amazing. I get inspired. I hope to take things like that into my own production."
Marz is working with $100,000 lighting equipment.
"I don’t get the experience to use that very much," Marz said. "Eventually, I’d love to tour and do my own thing. I love it. It is a lot of fun."
Marz has yet to come face-to-face with The Biebs. He's got to within 50 feet of the superstar from Stratford.
"They keep him on tight lockdown," Marz said.
That's not say he hasn't had the Bieber experience.
"Any time anyone shows up in a car or looks remotely like, all the screaming fans in the parking lot just go nuts," Marz said.
He said his own bus has been surrounded by "thousands of girls hitting the bus" while leaving a show.
"They thought we were him. We had fun with it," said Marz.
One of the people on the bus had a build similar to Bieber and had fun near the window. Marz was "nearly dragged out of the bus" when he stuck out a towel
"They followed us for miles down the road," Marz said.