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Mo’Funk: An advanced tutor for Pioneer: Helping other artists improve their skills behind the decks

Mo’Funk: An advanced tutor for Pioneer: Helping other artists improve their skills behind the decks

October 6, 2019
This week my guest is Mo'Funk who is an Artist Relations rep / Advanced Tutor for Pioneer. Born in Sydney, Mo has spent the last few summers in Ibiza where he’s had residencies at Pacha, Cafe Del Mar, Cafe Mambo, Space, along with guest spots at Defected and Glitterbox.
 
He’s so down to earth, very hard working and incredibly skillful behind the decks, which landed him his position at Pioneer, helping other artists improve their skills and teaching them tips and tricks on Pioneer equipment.
 
You can tell that he is so passionate about what he does, which is why I loved this chat with him at the Pioneer studio in Ibiza in which we spoke about his role, how he got to where he is, some great stories he’s made along the way, fab tips for up and coming artists and so much more!
 
Find out more about Mo here:
Julius Jooste: The journey of a photographer from South Africa to Ibiza

Julius Jooste: The journey of a photographer from South Africa to Ibiza

September 26, 2019
Julius Jooste is a South African born photographer, best known for his work in the entertainment and night-life scene in Ibiza, Spain.
 
It was at AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) that he discovered how to bring his passions for art and technology together in innovative and creative ways. He excelled as a production student and took great care in developing his leadership and management abilities. 
 
In his final year of university, he was headhunted by Africa’s top live-TV and Sports production company to assist in their preparation of the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010, the opening ceremony at Orlando Stadium reaching a mammoth 3 billion live viewers from across the globe.
 
In 2013, Julius left for Ibiza in search of balance and spirituality. A series of fortunate events landed him access to some of the world’s biggest and most awarded night clubs for one of Europe’s largest nightlife website, Diginights.com.
 
 
in this episode, we chat about Julius’ journey, the importance of being present as a photographer, photography in Ibiza, his online exhibitions, tips for other photographers and much more.
 
Take a look at Julius' work here: 
Andy Stanton - The first 3 years of event brand 33 - Challenges, goals and advice

Andy Stanton - The first 3 years of event brand 33 - Challenges, goals and advice

September 12, 2019

This weeks guest is Andy Stanton. I really loved hearing about Andy’s story because he’s worked so hard to get to where he is today and it just goes to show that lots of hard work really pays off. Andy was the marketing manager for a property firm in London and at the same time loved a good party (as we all do!), and eventually, his passion for branding, communication and dance music led him to create his own event brand called 33 that started 3 years ago in London. After 3 years of hard work, the brand now has its own residency at Itaca in Ibiza and is also held in many different venues in the UK.

In this podcast we talk about Andy’s journey, how the residency in Ibiza came about, the challenges he’s come across when throwing parties in London and Ibiza, his biggest achievements yet, advice for people starting their own event brand and more!

This was such a positive chat with someone that’s so passionate about what they do so I hope you enjoy this chat and hopefully, it inspires you to follow your dreams, believe in yourself and just really work hard because if you do. I'm sure you'll eventually get there!

 

Check out 33 here: 

https://www.facebook.com/33.official/ 

https://www.instagram.com/33.official/

John Acquaviva: From the beginning up until now

John Acquaviva: From the beginning up until now

September 4, 2019
John Acquaviva... Where to begin?! John is such an amazing person, down to earth, hard-working and great to be around. I’ve known John for quite a few years now and each year I interview him and always learn something new!  
 
If you haven’t heard directly of John Acquaviva’s works, the chances are - whatever your involvement with electronic music is - that you will be aware of his work and influence within the electronic music community. The Italian-Canadian artist is also known for his involvement with techno titan Richie Hawtin and the forming of the highly influential labels Plus 8 Recordings and Definitive records and his fruitful involvement with Final Scratch and especially Beatport, being a vital founder of both companies.
 
He is a pioneer of electronic music’s technological evolution and helped sculpt the genre’s game-changing transition from analog to digital and from vinyl to turntables and laptops. In sharing this vision with Richie Hawtin, they spearheaded a project that would act as the iTunes of dance, which paved the path for a new and zestful era.
 
I had so much fun recording this episode with John! He had so many great stories to tell as we spoke about his journey right from the beginning up until now… I absolutely love this episode and I’m sure you will too! 
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! 
 
Follow Lydia on Instagram here: 
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: