Getting to know Michael...
What’s your favourite film?
Blade Runner. A film that takes me straight back to my time as a bright eyed and uber-enthusiastic junior producer in Manchester. The sets, the (astonishingly low-budget) special effects, the haunting music and the performances still thrill me. It is the film of choice for my wife and I when we want a “movie night” in our little cinema at home! Naturally, I will be at the head of the queue to watch the sequel that has been rushed out with indecent haste a mere 35 years after the original film.
What’s your favourite book?
Brideshead Revisited – I’m convinced that in a previous life I was a well-heeled undergraduate studying at Oxford in the 1920’s.
What telly are you addicted to?
None since The Wire finished.
Where would you most like to be right now?
Very happy where I am in my little snug at home – but if you wanted to transport me to the square in the middle of St Emilion I wouldn’t put up much of a struggle
What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind?
Classic Rock of the 1970s – anything on David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Led Zeppelin and I’d stand a pretty good chance.
What’s your favourite sport to watch or play?
Football, although my days as a ferocious midfield engine are long gone.
What’s the best soundtrack to a long car journey?
My musical tastes are broad – and my library of recorded music vast. I still have every 45rpm and vinyl album that I bought in my teens, every cassette tape I acquired as a student, literally thousands of CDs and an iTunes library of 40,000 tracks. Spotify has been transformational for me as I now access new music on a daily basis. A long car journey would be the perfect opportunity to give a platform to new artists and albums.
Tell us about your pet.
Sid is officially “The World’s Greatest Dog”. He was sold to us 13½ years ago as an 8-week old Jack Russell. There are definitely elements of JR in his DNA but also equal parts sheep dog, corgi and, I am pretty convinced, a good slug of monkey! He is my best friend and still makes me smile every time I walk through the door.
Which bit of event tech are you most excited by?
VR and AI are capable of transforming the Live Experience – and I am very excited to see in what ways they can be used
What question to you get asked most often in your job?
What was the industry like in the old days?
What’s the best thing about working in events?
It’s dream fulfilment – how many other industries encourage you to constantly come up with creative ideas that usually involve loud music and flashing lights and then provide you with a good budget to make them a reality?
Finish this sentence - ‘I can usually be spotted in the office…
…when the Monday morning muffins and pastries appear’