Giles Martin on Creating Cirque Du Soleil’s Love — Las Vegas
Back in the early 2000’s, a Cirque du Soleil and Beatles spectacle was born out of the idea to create new dance remixes of the old songs, with Fatboy Slim rumored to steer the course of the project. Giles Martin suggested an alternative approach to create mashups of the band’s most beloved songs as a vibrant, psychedelic soundtrack for a Las Vegas stage show, in what would be, in Martin’s words, “the gig that never happened.”
Commanding the most famous catalog of music in history, Martin spent three months working on his mixes before the project even got the green light. Martin said it felt as if he was “painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa!” He explained, “I thought, oh my god, I’m going to get lynched for this!’ But the risk paid off, and Cirque du Soleil’s Love has been seen by an estimated 8 million people in over 4,500 performances since its debut in Las Vegas in 2006, and still remains one of Cirque du Soleil’s most popular productions.
Performed in a purpose-built theater in The Mirage Hotel & Casino with over 7000 speakers, Avid Pro Tools is used nightly to bring the electrifying show to life. Cirque du Soleil’s performers enact a wonderful display of incredible acrobatic feats to the accompanying soundtrack of a combination of the most loved Beatles songs in history, from I Want to Hold Your Hand and Help! through to Something and Get Back.
In 2007, Martin won two Grammy awards for the Love soundtrack album and as it celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, the show was given a ‘loving’ makeover. This saw an overhaul of the theatre’s audio-visual technology and new imagery from the Beatles’ film and video archive. Martin used Avid Pro Tools to remix and spruce up the songs and set list, injecting some new rock’n’roll energy into the already much loved performance.
Thinking about how Avid was a pivotal part of the creation process, he laments, “People don’t realize that I learnt Pro Tools so I could do Love. It’s one of those privileges that I’ve had in that way – I’ve been able to be involved in the creation of the mix as well as how people listen to it. But the show really is a different beast to mixing ones for example.”