Calvin HarrisLivestream | 2022 | Creamfields/Beatport/Cinch
Liam GallagherOnline App | 2022 | Adidas/Sparkle Street
BastilleIMAG & online | 2022 | Kendal Calling/Engine No. 4
New OrderPay Per View Stream | 2021 | Live Here Now
Alesso & ZaraLivestream | 2022 | Creamfields/Beatport/Cinch
Noel GallagherIMAG & Online | 2016 | Kendal Calling/Ground Control
Richard HawleyDVD & Blu-ray | 2021 | Live Here Now
Brit Award’s PartyLivestream | 2021 | Mastercard/Live Here Now
StereophonicsIMAG & Online | 2022 | Kendal Calling/Engine No. 4
OrbitalIMAG & livestream | 2019 | Ground Control
StepsDVD & Blu-ray | 2021 | Live Here Now
The KooksIMAG & Online | 2022 | Kendal Calling/Engine No. 4
The DamnedDVD & Blu-ray | 2022 | Live Here Now
The WombatsIMAG & Online | 2022 | Kendal Calling/Engine No. 4
RudimentalIMAG & Online | 2016 | Kendal Calling/Ground Control
SOFT CELLDVD & Blu-ray | 2021 | Live Here Now
Alt-jLivestream | 2017 | Bluedot/Twitch
MadnessIMAG & Online | 2016 | Kendal Calling/Ground Control
Nile Rogers & ChicIMAG & online | 2019 | Kendal Calling/Ground Control
Chase & StatusIMAG | 2022 | Parklife Festival/Engine No. 4
Plan BIMAG & Online | 2016 | Kendal Calling/Ground Control
With razor sharp timing and in-depth musical understanding, John tailors each movement to amplify the spirit of the performance. Punctuating each song with accents, John enhances the musical experience by drawing an audience’s attention to subtle yet key details.
Like a conductor, he guides camera operators through the show, winding up tension and releasing it with a bang during crescendos. With an almost sixth sense, John has a natural ability to anticipate action on-stage which allows him to find ‘the shot’ and he uses it to tremendous effect.
There’s just something about it that’s hard to stop watching. He finds small yet key details that become alive and amplify the spirit of the performance and makes every moment count. To achieve this, he says half of it is a cheat - by meticulously analyzing the music, artist, venue and their audience behavior, experimenting and designing camera plots that complement each other, it starts to cut itself.
After 50+ festivals in all sorts of crazy conditions, John has developed a thorough working knowledge of other departments too (Staging, H&S, Audio, Lighting Design). This enables him to remain critical and analytical at every stage, adopting a prevention over cure attitude to solving problems. His ability to plan and enact a strategy efficiently makes every production under his leadership a stand-out success.
Collectively, John’s organisational and directorial precision combine and makes every show he manages a creative edge. With the highest level of control and a seemingly effortless workflow, John pumps every show with a burst of electrifying energy. This power surges through audiences, creating powerful moments and lasting memories.
John is a multi-camera director with over 15 years experience, specialising in live music events. Clocking up over 5000 hours airtime across everything from festival IMAGs to large outside broadcasts and silly enough to keep doing it. Not to mention a live broadcast to cinemas all over the world
When he’s not in the hot seat, John is based at his production company Jackinabox with studios in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. From here he oversees pre and post production alongside R&D work with his business partner. And if that wasn’t busy enough, he also owns a photographic studio too.
Rewinding for a moment, John started his career in graphic design but his passion for music inevitably led him to directing music videos. He went on to direct countless promos for all kinds of artists along with activations for major brands, including Samsung’s Olympic Torch Relay at London 2012.
As his skillset developed, he moved into live production and fell in love with the adrenaline rush he got from directing multi-camera. Constructing the edit live and in the moment came naturally but paired with his existing technical and creative skills, it was a perfect match.
Everyone feels like they’re involved in something truly special when John’s at the helm. His infectious enthusiasm really encourages operators to push their creative limits. And when the going gets tough, John’s sense of humour and calm disposition see everyone safely through to the other side. Working in unpredictable environments, John has developed an unparalleled resourceful nature. From ballrooms and high heels, to wellies in the mud, he takes it all in his stride.
Creamfields with Cinch & Beatport
Brit Awards Pre-show Party with MasterCard
Liam Gallagher with Adidas
Joe Wicks at the O2 with O2 Telefonica
Hacienda Classical in partnership with YouTube
Orbital in partnership with YouTube
Bluedot Festival in partnership with Twitch
Kendal Calling Festival in partnership with Twitch
New Hope Club
Peter Hook & the Light
Gorilla TV, Episodes 1-9
MIF Festival (Prof Brian Cox)
Tim Burgess (Solo show)
Hacienda (40th anniversary)
Manchester Pride (Conference)
Pets At Home (Awards)
Gym Group (Guided workout)
Phillip Pullman (Book launch)
Soccer X (Panel show)
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