Jason Mayall is the director of the London office for Japanese concert promoter Smash Corporation. Established in 1984, Smash promotes concerts and headline tours year-round in Japan, for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, Bjork, Underworld, Foo Fighters, Muse, Beck and Neil Young amongst hundreds of other musicians. Smash’s summer festival, Fuji Rock, began in 1997, and is Asia’s biggest outdoor festival, which is held annually in the mountains of Naeba, Niigata. Jason and the Smash team put together the wildly varied bill each year for many of the stages, with the aim to introduce a colourful mix of acts from around the globe to Japanese audiences.
Jason has also booked several tours for Japanese artists in the UK, including the amazing Shibusashirazu and formidable Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra shows at Glastonbury, etc. His extra-curricular activities include managing Solomon Islands bamboo band, Narasirato, co-producing Gaz’s Rockin Blues sound system at Notting Hill Carnival and DJing a wide selection of Ska, reggae, blues, soul, funk and championing “Cumbia”, the traditional dance music of Columbia.