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Q&A: Jason Hunt

Q&A: Jason Hunt

Jason Hunt, co-owner of UK Music Shows names his musical heroes and reveals how he got into the event business...

Q. What is the first single you bought? Kings of The Wild Frontier by Adam & The Ants. I was 10 or 11 at the time and to be honest it pretty much formed my music taste from then on.Q. What is the greatest ever album, in your opinion?
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Exile On Main Street by the Rolling Stones. It’s the most perfect, rock n roll, soul, blues, gospel and country album ever made. Q. Who is your favourite musician?Keith Richards, Ryan Adams, Johnny Thunders, Izzy Stradlin, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Ginger Wildheart, Eddie Spaghetti, the list could go on and on.Q. What are you listening to now?Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 my Nightmare, London Calling – The Clash, The Bloodkin Community Gospel Rehab – Bloodkin, The Taking – Duff McKagan’s Loaded, The Evil Powers of Rock n Roll – The Supersuckers.Q. What do you like to do in your spare time? Be a Dad mainly to two girls, other than that, I cycle a lot.Q. Do you play an instrument?I can strum a tune or two on the guitar, but given the amount of time I’ve been playing, I should be a lot better than I am.Q. Are you currently in a band?Yes, the Seven-Percent Solution, named after a Sherlock Holmes film. All original material.Q. How did you get into the events business?I applied for a job at the NEC in 1996 in a fit of pique because I didn’t get the promotion I was promised at my previous employer. My first show was ROSPA, a heath and safety show (not as dull as you would think), then I did six years doing car shows, photography shows, antiques shows before the MD asked if I wanted to do Music Live because he’d heard I played guitar. I already loved doing exhibitions, but now I could do exhibitions and essentially talk the same rubbish I did with my mates in the pub about gear all day long. I loved it right up to the point when Clarion put in a new boss who referred to guitars as “Electronic Guitars." It was pretty much all over from that point on; a clash of cultures shall we say…

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