From Harrogate pop sensations to co-founders of exciting creative agency JAMZ

A new creative enterprise including two Harrogate-born young men is flourishing in these tough times for the live music and tourism industries.

By Graham Chalmers
Monday, 15th February 2021, 3:03 pm
JAMZ - Josh Stockdale, Alex Boulton, Zac Hancock, Jodie Horne and Matt Pittman.
JAMZ - Josh Stockdale, Alex Boulton, Zac Hancock, Jodie Horne and Matt Pittman.

Josh Stockdale and Alex Boulton are both former members of successful Harrogate teenage pop band PM who jumped into the business world, connected with Zac, Jodie and Matt, former heads of departments of Social Chain, and then launched an exciting new creative production agency called JAMZ late last year.

The team believes tough times make creativity a bigger and more essential asset than ever and that attitude is already starting to pay off for this new Manchester-based creative-centric production company.

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Josh said: "Since the first lockdown began, my focus switched from my usual production of large tourism-based talent trips to creating a solution to the troubling times affecting the live music and tourism industries.

"This is how I connected with Zac, Jodie and Matt, former heads of departments of Social Chain, and we partnered to form the most-exciting and disruptive creative-production agency to come out of this uncertain year - JAMZ.

"It was an unorthodox beginning, in the heart of coronavirus, where most people just wait it out, we were working on solutions.

"During our first month of trading we still worked on huge projects with Universal Music Group, Twitch, Live Nation, Tourism San Marino, Visit Sicily and IcelandAir.

"With this impressive momentum, we are now ready to go live to the world."

JAMZ started trading last October, and have already produced a world-first DJ set at the famous abandoned plane wreck in Iceland, for festival-headlining DJ trio Meduza, to follow up their Grammy nominated, multi-platinum smash hit, Lose Control.

If this wasn't an impressive enough kickstart, JAMZ then landed a live stream event for Live Nation in partnership with Twitch, the world's leading concert and live event organisations.

The event which again featured the chart topping DJ trio Meduza achieved over 1 million viewers in an hour of going live, and had an average consistent viewership of 26,200, which to give some context - is 11% more people than the Manchester Arena at full capacity.

Three of the team – Zac Hancock, Jodie Horne and Matt Pittman – were fundamental players in growing one of the UK’s biggest success stories of the last few years - Social Chain.

Back in 2016, it an office of 35 people in 2016. Now there are 750 people and it is forecasted to turn over £220 million in 2020.

But after building the production powerhouse which dominated the space over the past four years, and produced campaigns for major clients around the globe, they decided to step away from the household name, and re-define what it means to be a `creative production company’.

The remaining two members of the team are Josh Stockdale and Alex Boulton better known as Dream Beach Media, who were not only rewarded gold at the travel marketing awards 2019, but have produced campaigns in 31 countries around the world.

This momentum caused a stir and subsequently landed some of the largest names in travel from MTV, Jet 2, and The Yacht Week.

Whilst having tremendous success in their individual careers, and partnering on world first projects - they realised that through a mutual love of fashion, music, and travel, the next logical step was to unite forces and shift the conversation of what’s possible in a year where everyone is saying "no."

The end result is JAMZ - a creative production agency, where the ideas are instinctive, and the how is never a question.

Josh Stockdale said: "We want to change the game a little bit. If we're on projects in Sicily we want to invite the client, show them around and make a weekend of it. Bring some personality back and enjoy face to face meetings once that's all allowed again."

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