Month: November 2015

Hot & Delicious – USA announcement & going solo!

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Hot & Delicious - USA announcement & going solo!
Hot & Delicious – USA announcement & going solo!

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Hot & Delicious USA-announcement & going solo!

Sitting here on my lunch break contemplating the last time that I made a career decision of this enormity… actually there isn’t one… or a choice really… This is BIG!

In March 2016, I’m jetting off to America for a pre-planned trip to SXSW and the latest news update is that I am in fact going to stay on in the USA for 2-3 months on a non-immigrant tourist visa.

Yes, I am finishing up my full-time role as SapientNitro Australia’s Social Media Lead, working across Cadbury Dairy Milk, Oreo, Peroni Italian Beer, Bulmers Original Cider, Philly Cream Cheese, Kraft Nuts Spreads and more, to pursue a number of exciting new business opportunities that I’ve been approached about for Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet in Australia, enjoy SXSW and take some time out in the USA.

In September, I was asked to speak at Social Media Week – Miami and afterwards, whilst on a much-need 3 week “holiday”, I ran social media for LA Podcast Festival followed by a short break in San Francisco and New York.

As a result of this trip to America, 2-3 new opportunities have come to light and while I’ll still be contracting through Hot & Delicious to Australian clients to bring in the Benjamins (until such time as I decide to pursue an O-1 or E3 USA work visa), I’ll be kickin’ it in Los Angeles interviewing international guests for the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast, collaborating on influencer content, blogging, photography and more!

While I know that I’m being a little vague about these opportunities (one of them is MASSIVE), the long and short of it is that as a result of every single leap of faith that I’ve made along the way in my career – from dropping out of my biochemistry degree, flying to Dubai to live in the Middle East and travel the world for 6.5 years as an Emirates Airline international flight attendant, approaching Ballistyx Snowboard Show on Channel GO! about being their music supervisor despite zero experience and nailing it!, putting a 900q meter ice-rink on the sands of Bondi Beach, the first of its kind ever in the world… each one ended up being a career-changing and defining moment of my life. 

And the one thing that every single one of these decisions have in common? I followed my gut instinct.. I have to do this… 

There are no guarantees and the fact that I’m nervous is a good thing. It’ll push me even harder along my path and whether I return to Australia a few months later or not (there might be other countries I decide to visit), I know my life will have changed… forever… for the better.

Download the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast now to get the exclusive on this massive decision, my journey from a childhood in Indonesia and Perth to present day and the exciting next steps in the USA from March 2016.

Amazing… I’ve got tingles!

Click here for magic in your ears 🙂    

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.
You can do it! 😃
You can do it! 😃

‘For That I’m Sorry’ – BATTS Music. An inspiring journey from the internet to the UK!

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BATTS Music in the house!
BATTS Music in the house!

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This… this podcast just makes me happy! Sitting here with this big fuckin’, stupid grin on my face… what an interview!

English singer/songwriter Tanya Batt AKA BATTS Music
(or one half of it anyway) and I became buddies through social media and various mutual friends, then she hit me up via Twitter a few months back about guesting on the ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ podcast after hearing my sit-down with her best friend Hayden Calnin… and I was like… yeah damn straight! Let’s do this!The Glenlivet whiskey flows and man this lady just brings inspiring conversation and energy into the room!We chat about horror movies, Tanya’s CUTEST first ever memory at the age of 2, San Francisco, her twin who died during childbirth, night terrors & sleep-walking,  the evolution of the Tanya Batt music project to approaching 30 different producers from around the world, creating music with 8 producers from 8 different countries across 8 different genres, which led to Tanya forming BATTS Music with UK-based producer Alisdair Mason AKA Ficci, the two of them sending each other tracks recorded in two bedroom studios thousands of miles across the planet which has now culminated with Tanya buying a one-way ticket to the UK, so that they can take this project to the next level! Inspirational!We spend time talking about her current pen pal in Cardiff, the music of Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey and Nina Simone, a whole swag of amazing Australian music, the impact that producer and musician Hayden Calnin has made on her life, Tanya’s favourite podcasts (I’m hoping this is now one of them 😀), John Williams’ book ’Stoner’, BATTS Music’s latest single ‘For That I’m Sorry’, which is featured exclusively at the end of this podcast… such an amazing track! Wait ’til you hear it!

Argggh…. I’m going to stop talking… just listen! Amaze!
Click here for magic in your ears 🙂    

Free Download #53 BATTS Music AKA Tanya Batt.  

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For free downloads and more music head on over to BATTS Music:
battsmusic.com
Buy ‘For That I’m Sorry’ on iTunes.
Tweet BATTS Music and Tanya Batt on the Twitters.

Stream Tanya Batt’s brand new single ‘How Did It Feel?’:


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Oh and listen to Probably Science with Andy Wood and Matt Kirshen.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

“Why work for someone else when I can pour myself into something I love?” – Jordan White (Playwrite).

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Jordan White (Playwrite) stops by Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.
Jordan White (Playwrite) stops by Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

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“Why would I waste my time working for someone else when I can pour myself into something I love?”

Playwrite lead singer & keys player, Jordan White, has had the most wonderful upbringing – the son of a dancer/choreographer and a singer/director, Jordan spent his childhood traveling the world of musical theatre to Broadway, West End, Singapore, Hong Kong and more.


We begin today’s podcast with the story behind Playwrite’s powerful debut album ‘Cathedrals’, a wonderful work of art and band born of the tragedy of the Black Saturday Fires, Australia’s highest ever loss of life from a series of bushfires and one of the worst disasters in Australian history, where fellow band mate and best friend Patrick Holcombe lost his parents whilst trying to save their home in Kinglake, Victoria.I’m brought to the verge of tears as I remember these cataclysmic events, forever etched in the memories of Victorians – one of my best mates, Nick was a Country Fire Authority volunteer, fighting the fires in the Kinglake area and ferrying people to safety or another friend, Shayne, who is a State Emergency Service volunteer, whose job it was during the Black Saturday Fires to check burnt out cars and other vehicles for people trapped inside… Tears…From the ashes of sadness, we build through the podcast from this tough start to discuss the positivity and the powerful resilience of those individuals in our lives who’ve evolved into pillars of strength from great diversity, Jordan White’s determination to eliminate the fear and eliminate the self-doubt by recording an album a month for the year of 2015 through his solo project Braille Face, YOWO young women’s music program, Marriage Equality, the ‘one arm up, one arm down’ philosophy to ambition and success, David Burns & the physiological impact of music, a mum who left school at the end of Year 8 to dance in Evita and subsequently ended up being able to buy her parents a house as a result, the magic of musical theatre, parents who performed in the original cast of Cats and the impact that musical theatre has made on Jordan’s attitude towards his fans and the band’s live performance, … Powerful chats and just so much goodness…Playwrite and their music have made a massive impact on my life; I seriously get chills every single time I listen to their music, they lift me up when I’m feeling flat and wow… you should see them live! ✨Enjoy the podcast and remember “Do what feels right, follow your gut instinct and pull the trigger!”

Free Download ##52 Jordan White (Playwrite).  

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Stream & buy Playwrite’s magic new album ‘Cathedrals’ via Bandcamp:

Come along with me to see their album launch on Friday, November 27th at 7:00pm at Shadow Electric with Hayden Calnin, Slow Turismo

Connect with Jordan White and Playwrite via Twitter or head on over playwriteband.com to check out their music, videos, social channels and tour dates.

Playwrite’s ‘Animals Housed’ – shot in Kinglake Victoria:

And get a taste Jordan White’s solo project Braille Face, where he’s recording an album a month across 2015:

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter @hotndelicious 
Instagram @hotndelicious
Facebook.com/HotnDelicious
Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.

Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

Hermosa Beach, Nashville hot chicken and Cold Burger Cold Fries… the LA podcast with Henry Wagons.

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Henry Wagons dropping the goodness on the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast in Hermosa Beach.
Henry Wagons dropping the goodness on the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast in Hermosa Beach.

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Interview #51 Henry Wagons (Cold Burger, Cold Fries).

Hermosa Beach, Nashville hot chicken and Cold Burger, Cold Fries… the LA podcast with Henry Wagons.

Touchdown in LA & straight down to Hermosa Beach where I’m staying for my 1st night stateside to chill, drink a few cheeky American craft beers, smash some SoCal Mexican eats & catch-up with Nashville-bound, Australian singer/songwriter, Henry Wagons.

Now Henry and I first met at SXSW in 2013 at Marieke Hardy’s Women of Letters event in Austin, Texas, and from the very first time we spoke, it was clear that Henry was a man of substance, thoughtful and generous with his time.

Through the haze of 13 hour flights from the southern hemisphere and over several delicious IPAs, we talk at length about Henry Wagons’ experience of recording his first full-length debut solo album in the wonderful city of Nashville, Tennessee, a former pop country culture, that has evolved into a music mecca for the likes of The Black Keys, Jack White, folk music and a thriving punk scene, the inspiration of Nick Cave’s professionalism and writing music for a living, Henry’s radio show, The Tower of Song on Double J and the impact it’s made on his music, anthropology and philosophy of language, the evocative writing of Cormac McCarthy, Henry’s advise for emerging, aspiring and hungry creatives, Nashville hot chicken, Bushwhacker cocktails and moments of adventure and elation that leave their mark.

Super, super, SUPER engaging chats with a philosopher gentleman whos one of the most hilarious and engaging performers I’ve seen in quite some time. Anywhere.

I’m also excited to announce that Henry Wagons has just dropped his new single ‘Cold Burger, Cold Fries’ and you can listen to it for the first time in full right here at the end of the podcast. So exciting!

Let’s get amongst it!

Free Download #51 Henry Wagons (Cold Burger, Cold Fries)..  

Android users – you’ll need to download the free Podcast Republic app then search Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Connect with Henry Wagons via Twitter or head on over wagonsmusic.com to check out Henry’s music and international tour dates.

Stream Henry Wagons’ radio show ‘The Tower of Song’ on Double J.

The new full-length debut solo album will be out on February 16th, 2016, Henry Wagons will be touring Australia and USA in April/May and ‘Cold Burger, Cold Fries’ is out now via iTunes! So get on over & buy it!

In Henry’s words:

In the hazy world of the morning after, nothing makes sense, but everything is all too clear. You laugh, you cry and eat whatever is left. Cold burger, cold fries…its all I deserve

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is weekly podcast where we interview inspiring individuals and successful entrepreneurs from around the planet across a range of industries (incl. music, film/tv, fashion, travel, comedy and more) about what makes them tick as people and drives their hunger for success.

Hit Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet up on social media here:

Twitter @hotndelicious 
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Hot & Delicious YouTube – Ballistyx Snowboard Show, interviews & more.

Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

Bonjah – ‘Move On’ with magic new single #newmusic

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Kickin’ it on a Saturday afternoon at mine with Dockland views, spring sunshine & chillin’ on my mind.

And then there’s this… was chattin’ with Regs from Bonjah yesterday and he sent me through this new jam that was written, recorded & produced by him and Moz in a tiny cabin on the South Coast of Australia recently in the space of an hour.

Tidy!

For more of Bonjah’s music head on over to bonjahmusic.com, download ‘Move On’ on iTunes or drop the lads a line & say hi at @BONJAHband!

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

“People do business with people, not logos.” – Trevor Young (PRWarrior.com)

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Trevor Young AKA PRWarrior.com stops by our castle in the sky.
Trevor Young AKA PRWarrior.com stops by our castle in the sky.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast series

“People do business with people, not logos.” Trevor Young (PRWarrior.com)

Launching social media for your business or personal brand or wondering if it’s time to review and revamp?

Then these words by PR Warrior, author, podcaster, public speaker and digital entrepreneur, Trevor Young, should be the first place you start and THIS is the ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ podcast for you!

One of my frustrations as a digital media professional and creative, is that those who aren’t digital/tech savvy and/or way too focused on their brand don’t realise that to sell product, a brand’s content offering should be audience centric first and foremost. This doesn’t mean reproducing uninspiring and unoriginal “inspiration quotes” on sunset or beach backgrounds or posting cat memes/dog videos that have zero relevance to your brand, it just means take the time to consider the user experience on mobile for someone scrolling past your content on social media for the very first time. If it looks like an advertisement, then it is an advertisement, their eyes will glaze over, anything you were hoping to achieve with that post is immediately lost and even damage your brand reputation!

Get creative and always have the user experience front-of-mind – how can you work your brand and product into content that won’t make someone scroll on by immediately or switch off – Hot tip: Don’t slap logos and Text Overlays over everything!

Today, Trevor and I talk at length about the effectiveness of an audience-centric marketing approach, his book, microDOMINATION which is about how to leverage social media and content marketing to build a mini-business empire around your personal brand – a look at new age entrepreneurs who have built global profiles using content and social media, Reputation Revolution by Trevor Young – the DIY Personal Branding for Business Professionals podcast created by Trevor, we talk tales of his childhood growing up around country Victoria as the son of a bank manager where Trevor’s imaginative and entrepreneurial spirit was born, JUNUFO – the Junior Investigation Team into UFOs (yes I’m serious 😉), choosing accountability partners – the like-minded individuals who will help you stay true to your commitment to pursue your personal and business ambitions, The Cluetrain Manifesto, Miles Davis ‘Kind of Blue’ album, the great Melbourne crime novel and the longevity you’ll achieve for your business and brand by staying true to yourself and marketing who you are, not what you think people want to see.

Don’t craft something that you’re not. 

Free Download podcast#50 Trevor Young (Content Marketing and PRWarrior.com).  

Android users – you’ll need to download the free Podcast Republic app then search Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

Connect with Trevor Young via Twitter or head on over PRWarrior.com to read articles on the blog and learn more about Trevor’s content driven communications business.

Download the Reputation Revolution – DIY Personal Branding for Business Professionals podcast:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/reputation-revolution-diy/id872444008?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Buy your copy of microDOMINATION via http://microdominationbook.com/

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

Going all out for Movember – Name my moustache!!!! #NameThatMo campaign.

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Mo Bros & Mo Sistas unite!

This month I’m taking on the Movember challenge & I’m doing my bit to raise awareness for this wonderful cause by utilising my social influence and networks to #NameThatMo

It’s Day 5 and I look a little bit like the Milky Bar Kid, but I want to do my bit for Movember, so if you’re a fan of the ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ podcast, my photography or if I have made a positive impact on your life in the past year in some way, shape or form, then you.. yes you… I need to you to pony up and get on board!

For just $2, $5, $50 or whatever you can afford I want you to donate right here http://mobro.co/hotndelicious to #NameThatMo. It just the price of a couple of coffees, right Joe Hockey?

In the last week of November I’ll choose two of my favourite names and I’ll run a Twitter Poll to decide what the name should be. Whomever gets the final name will receive the first ever Hot & Delicious merch… this sweet sweet Hot & Delicious Records trucker cap! (check it out in my profile pic below!) and whatever other sweet sweet treats we can find 🙂

If you’re read this far then I or this obviously means something to you. Get on beard!

Love you! x

The Milky Bar Kid

p.s. Don’t forget to Tweet the URL link, the name you chose, @-tag @MovemberAus and #NameThatMo

Donate: http://mobro.co/hotndelicious

Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

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