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Rik Woldring: The Brand Father

Rik Woldring: The Brand Father

July 18, 2019
Rik Woldring has a background as a legal counsel at ING Bank but most recently he was the Managing director of leading global music and entertainment PR agency the Media Nanny, who work with massive artists such as Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Dubfire, Hot Since 82 and a lot more. Within the Media Nanny, he was responsible for the growth and diversification of the client roster into different areas within the music and entertainment world. In April 2019 Rik ice founded a new creative agency called the Brand Father and started to work for global brands to help them find their space in the music, entertainment and gaming industry via brand partnerships, festival and event activations, content creation and consultancy.
 
In this episode we talk about Rik's journey, the Media Nanny and the brand Fathers, brand partnerships with artists, projects he’s worked on and more!
 
Find out more about The Brand Father here:
 
Find out more about The Media Nanny here:
Joost Toast: Music-induced hearing loss and tinnitus

Joost Toast: Music-induced hearing loss and tinnitus

June 26, 2019
I learnt so much from this episode with Joost Toast from Ibiza Loves Ears!
 
Ibiza Loves Ears is a consciousness campaign launched in Ibiza in 2016. And it was created because by celebrating life and being exposed to loud sounds while doing so, we can create a growing problem that affects many of us: music-induced hearing loss (MIHL) & tinnitus. Ibiza Loves Ears believe in the importance of education that will create a global shift in awareness around these problems, caused by music.
 
With Ibiza as the leading hot spot within the electronic music industry, they found that the island is the perfect place to start raising awareness. Together with their ambassadors, the health & branch organizations and partners, Ibiza Loves Ears creates a community that sparks a movement to change the behavior of music lovers with the goal of creating a future without unnecessary hearing problems for the current and upcoming generation(s).
 
In this episode we talk about how music-induced hearing loss (MIHL) & tinnitus are caused, key tips to reduce and prevent the chances of hearing damage, when and why Joost started the project and more!
 
Find out more about Ibiza Loves Ears here: 
 
Valentino Barrioseta: Bridges For Music

Valentino Barrioseta: Bridges For Music

June 20, 2019

This week's guest is Valentino Barrisoseta. Valentino is the founder of Bridges For Music, a non-profit organization that gathers key players of the music industry to support its responsible development in developing countries, leaving a positive impact in disadvantaged communities and helping to raise global awareness about local issues through music. Some of the artists that have been involved in the project so far are Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex and many more and The first Bridges For Music Academy has just recently opened in a township called Langa in South Africa, which you’ll hear all about in this episode. We talk about when and why Valentino started Bridges For Music, the artists and brands involved in the project, the music scene in Langa, the annual bike ride to ADE to raise money for Bridges for music and more.

Find out more here: 

http://www.bridgesformusic.org/webapp/home

Sarah Polonsky: One of dance music’s most powerful voices

Sarah Polonsky: One of dance music’s most powerful voices

June 14, 2019
Sarah Polonsky is the former editor of DJ Mag North America, VIBE and more and is the editor known for being the voice of dance music. Previously, she saw electronic music magazine, Elektro, come to fruition as the title’s first managing editor. Sarah was also the Senior Editor of leading women's online magazine BettyConfidential.com and produced nationally syndicated radio segments as well as web content for the brand, winning a MIN Award for editorial excellence and Forbes Top 100 Websites for Women. Sarah was also a reporter at Page Six of the New York Post, The National Enquirer and BlackBook Magazine.
 
Sarah is now expanding her horizons by launching a new media arm for global hospitality group catering to the digital nomad, Selina.
 
In this episode we talk about how she started off in the dance music industry, being an editor at DJ Mag, highlights of her career, future projects, stories she has covered and so much more! 
 
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Lydia Laws: PR and environmental change within the electronic music industry

Lydia Laws: PR and environmental change within the electronic music industry

May 30, 2019
Lydia Laws is the founder and director of Lydia Laws PR, an international boutique PR agency for artists, labels and event brands, specializing in electronic music. Now in its third year, her current roster includes Sasha, BLOND:ISH, Matador, Andres Campo, Last Night On Earth, Rony Seikaly and Elliot Adamson, alongside exciting fresh talent, and has worked with artists such as Dusky, Lee Burridge, Art Department and All Day I Dream. Lydia is deeply interested in promoting and encouraging positive environmental change within the electronic music industry and beyond, and is a key member of Bye Bye Plastic, a plastic-free initiative founded by BLOND:ISH. 
 
In this episode we talk about environmental change within the electronic music industry, the key characteristics that every great publicist needs, finding the balance between a career and personal life, how DJs get magazine covers and more! 
 
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Kim Booth: The connection between dance music and sound heeling

Kim Booth: The connection between dance music and sound heeling

May 18, 2019
Today’s guest is Kim Booth. We had such a lovely chat after one of Kim’s fab yoga classes that she offers at Pikes Ibiza, which is actually also where we recorded this podcast, exciting! Kim has been working in Ibiza for 18 years, working in Public Relations for nights at Pacha, Space, Amnesia and DC10. She opened a PR company, called Rebel Butterfly, in 2005 and has worked with some of the world’s most respected DJs and electronic music producers, as well as festivals and events globally. In 2017, after over ten years of cosmic studies, Rebel Butterfly transformed into her Yoga and sound healing work. 
 
Kim is now a certified Yoga teacher and also works with different shamanic and healing modalities. In 2015 she began Cosmic Pineapple with the desire to connect people to the conscious wisdom she and others have learned along the way. Kim’s mission is to plant seeds to help people awaken, heal and connect in cosmic and creative ways.
 
In this episode we talk about Kim’s journey, how dance music and her healing practices are connected and how they work together, sound healing, Kim’s amazing project Cosmic Pineapple and more.
 
Check out Cosmic Pineapple here: 
 
More info on Cosmic Pineapple at Pikes here:
Nick Ferguson: From a PR on the streets of Ibiza to promoting some of the most successful events on the island

Nick Ferguson: From a PR on the streets of Ibiza to promoting some of the most successful events on the island

May 9, 2019

Nick Ferguson has built his way up from being a PR on the streets of Ibiza to launching one of the most thriving electronic music companies in the current scene, The Supernova Group. Previously manager of Cream Ibiza for ten years, his events have sold out every venue from Amnesia and Privilege to Ushuaia and Space. Nick has also promoted events such as Creamfields, Tiesto Ibiza, Radio 1 and Electric Daisy Carnival UK, booking all genres from house and trance to techno and bass. His current projects include Defected Ibiza, Shine with Paul Van Dyk, Acid 87 Clothing and several other exciting investments.

In this episode, we talk about how Nick has got to where he is today, the challenges of promoting events in Ibiza, the island’s current clubbing scene, tips on starting a new night and more.

Find out more about The Supernova Group here:

https://www.facebook.com/thesupernovagroup/

Ibiza Special with Stivi from Ibiza Spotlight

Ibiza Special with Stivi from Ibiza Spotlight

May 2, 2019

Another Ibiza season is nearly upon us, and as there are so many changes on the island this year, I thought I'd record this podcast so you have all of the info you need in one place and there's definitely not anyone better to record this with than the wonderful Stivi from Ibiza Spotlight who gives us a rundown on everything that's happening this season on the island, club by club and day by day.

For more information and tickets please head over to Ibiza Spotlight:

www.ibiza-spotlight.com

Jo Little: Creative Cleansing

Jo Little: Creative Cleansing

April 26, 2019
Jo used to live the high life in the non-stop, fast-paced world of event and music festival production. She worked hard and played harder for long days and longer nights until in a heartbeat her world turned upside down as the aneurysm she had unknowingly harbored in the center of her brain ruptured, putting her deep into a coma where she fought to stay alive for 6 weeks. Learning to walk, talk and swallow was just the start but the hardest battle was working to regain her cognitive function.  
 
She problem-solved her health as she would have in event production and it was through being in touch with her creativity that she became most alive. Jo now works with other people in the creative industry and their tides, cycles, and rhythms to help them find the still point in the center of the storm, learning how their bodies adapt through breath, movement and intention.
 
Find out more about Jo's story and Creative Cleansing here: https://www.creativecleansing.com/
Matthew Kingsley: Day to day of an agent and the importance of their role

Matthew Kingsley: Day to day of an agent and the importance of their role

April 12, 2019

Today's guest is Matthew Kingsley who is an agent at CAA and represents lots of different artists from different music genres such as Lee Burridge, Bedouin, Mark Ronson, Wu-Tang Clan, Lee Foss and many more.

In this episode, we talk about how Matthew started out in the industry and how he got to where he is today, what an agents job consists of, how artists and agents start working together and their relationship, tips for getting more gigs and music trends on the rise. Enjoy!