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Jon Sampson

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Jon

Photo © Danniel Ackerley 2014

Jon is one of the original members of Untamed, having been in various bands before, spanning over 25 years.

"I've always sang, as far back as I can remember - school choirs, church choirs - even a Cathedral choir! My musical tastes have always been about melody, I used to love listening to bands like ELO, who combined guitars and strings - I always thought that was a perfect blend of sounds. Then I heard a track called Phantom of the Opera - I loved it! The next new track I heard was Number of the Beast, to my surprise, it was by the same band! So I went out and bought everything that Iron Maiden had done up to that point - I was hooked!"

He was invited to try out for a band, after a camping trip with some friends: "We had all been drinking, and were sat around a huge fire that we had built - someone was playing some tapes and we were all singing along, when I was asked if I'd like to try out for a band that a couple of my mates were in. To be honest, I'd never considered singing in a band!"

The turning point was that the band Jon was in with his mates, were asked to play at someone's birthday party. "We only knew about 8 songs, so we played them all twice! We really weren't very good, but at the end of the evening, we were paid £30! We couldn't believe it - we actually got paid for doing something we loved!"

The rest, as they say, is history...

Future plans?

"Getting the new album done and doing loads of gigs!"

I would like to thank...

"My long suffering family, Ali, Christopher and Rebecca, I know you're always there for me - even though I'm "somewhere else" half the time! xxx The Guys in the Band, for all the long hours, allowing me to sing, and for putting up with my "artistic" temperament. Everyone that has, and does support the band - without you, we would be nothing..."

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