Jason Harding

aka Clinton Smiley

A pivotal figure in the capital's musical landscape for over a decade and a person who found himself defining Wellington's nightlife as well as helming an important independent record label, Jason Harding's world came to an abrupt full-stop in 2006.

Jason Harding has posted as a journalist for various magazines and newspapers, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and English Literature, and along with Brent Gleave, co-founded the record label Capital Recordings, a Wellington label that, at the turn of the millennium, was responsible for releasing early music from Die! Die! Die!, The Phoenix Foundation and Jet Jaguar, amongst others.

Jason Harding aka Clinton Smiley, 3 June 2002. 
Two snaps of Jason Harding aka Clinton Smiley; the one in the smiley T-shirt is from 29 December 1988.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Jason Harding and Brent Gleave, the Capital Recordings crew
Photo credit: Eric Wang
Juice² with DJ Clinton, 24 June 1999.
 Clinton Smiley in Willis St, Wellington.
Clinton Smiley - The Gathering - Motueka - 2000
Photo credit: E J Mathers collection
Jason Harding, aka Clinton Smiley, 1996. 
Photo credit: Malcolm Brow
Jason Harding
Photo credit: Nerissa O'Donnell
Más-if at the Willis Street Village, 19 December 1998.
Jason Harding aka Clinton Smiley (left) with Leon Baldock (Coda). 
Photo credit: Nerissa O'Donnell
Jason Harding
Photo credit: Rachel Browne
Más-if at the Willis Street Village, 13 February 1999: non-stop vinyl from Beatnik, Tank Girl, Cian, and Clint Smiley.
Five Foot Tongue - a multimedia event in Wellington's The Building in April 1992 with Projector Mix, Gifted & Brown, Clinton Smiley, Stinky Jim, Leaders Of Style, A Fist Full Of Fashion, Soane and others

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