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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Matthew Vroom (tech entrepreneur, CEO & founder of Henge Docks)

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Matthew Vroom (CEO & founder of Henge Docks)

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #138 Matt Vroom (CEO & founder of Henge Docks).

Boom boom boom…

Is your life is designed around pursuing your passions tenaciously? Creating a life by following gut instinct and pushing yourself beyond your comfort to try things you think that you might love, through an ethos of #ChooseYourOwnAdventure? 

If it’s not right now, you have a fire burning in you and you’re made like me, then it should be! And that’s that this week’s show is all about! This week, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with San Francisco-based, tech entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Henge Docks, Matthew Vroom.

Launched in April 2010, Henge Docks sold 3 months worth of inventory within the first 3 days of the launchinggrew from a single product line to become the leading supplier of docking stations for MacBooks after only 8 months on the market and in 2017 enjoy one of the few direct hardware partnerships with the Apple brand globally.

Fascinating show as we chat about Matthew Vroom’s latest inventionthe 6 months spent living out of his Nissan sports car after completing business school in Texas, driving around the USA hot-spotting to work remotely on Henge Docks before finally settling into San Francisco, becoming semi-famous for the creation of a satirical cartoon called “I hate Pam” whilst in college, the logistics of working with manufacturers in foreign countries at a time when the tech that Henge Docks were creating hadn’t been envisioned yet and so much more.

First and foremost, Matt Vroom is a husband, he’s a dad and he’s an ambitious, creative and strategic businessman. He is also the cousin of Illinois-based soya bean and corn farmer Nathan Webster AKA @nlwebs, my partner-in-crime on the @craftbeerlovin’ Instagram account, Matt Vroom is an inspiration and I am proud to call him my friend.

Don’t defer your life’s goals.” Make a start, make a start today. After all… we’re both just normal guys who took the leap of faith in pursuit of happiness… 

How many of you can say that you put everything on the line for an idea that you believe in? And managed to make it work! This is that story.

Download Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! now via iTunes today!

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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Matthew Vroom (CEO & founder of Henge Docks)

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton to launch STRANGERS ‘Mirrorland’.

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton, lead singer of Strangers.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #137 Ben Britton (STRANGERS launch ‘Mirrorland’).

Strangers lead singer Ben Britton & I met at the world’s largest music, film and interactive conference, South By South West (SXSW) back in 2013 when his kick-ass Australian heavy rock band Strangers were selected to play the conference and was I immediately blown away by their explosive live set in the basement at The Aussie BBQ Australian showcase event in Austin (Texas).

The Aussie BBQ SXSW boasted an A-grade line-up of the likes Vance Joy, Hiatus Kaiyote, Flume, Emma Louse, Seth Sentry, 360, Dune Rats, Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Alpine, Jackson Firebird, San Cisco, The Rubens, Jack Carty, Gold Fields, The Beards, The Falls & shit-tons more… 37 amazing Australian bands and artists playing 3 stages in one venue across 13 hours in Texas!!!! Blew my mind!

And for those who haven’t been before, the most wonderful thing about touring the USA with Sounds Australia and all the Aussie bands performing every year at SXSW is that you spend time with your music industry peeps that you know from back home whom you haven’t seen for ages, make a whole swag of new music biz friends and soak up the most beautiful and generous sense of community that Austin and SXSW have on offer. Benny and I kept bumping into each other at different bars and live music showcases around Austin, became buddies that week and I was quite struck by what a friendly, chatty and genuine dude he is.

Flash forward 4 years and I am super excited to feature Strangers launch of their 2nd album ‘Mirrorland’ on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Benny and I catch-up to discuss just what it’s like for Australian artists/bands looking to take on SXSW, the differences between the Melbourne and Sydney music scenes, He generously shares his experiences battling anxiety and mental health, which have come to be a massive learning experience and part of the ‘Mirrorland’ album and yep, I’ll even give you an exclusive sneak peek of 3 tracks from the new album by just simply downloading the podcast.

Over the next 2 weeks this Sydney born, Melbourne based 4-piece are carving out their next steps with 2 explosive ‘Mirrorland’ album launch shows in Melbourne (Saturday Just 1st – The Evelyn Hotel) and Sydney (Friday July 14th – The Chippo Hotel).

Last time I saw them play in Texas, Benny was on some dude’s shoulders in the crowd singing mid-set, the guitarist brought his axe out into the crowd too and then I think Mr. Britton capped it all off by stage-diving back ONTO the stage and tackling the drummer and drum-kit in one fell swoop… Now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!

Download this shit and come see the show with me in Sydney! #GetSome #RocknRoll 🤘🏼✨🎸

Download Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! now via iTunes today!

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Buy tickets to the show!
Melbourne – Saturday July 1st – Evelyn Hotel http://evelynhotel.oztix.com.au/?Event=74525
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Ben Britton, lead singer of Strangers.

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! with Democracy In Colour social enterprise founder, Tim Lo Surdo.

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Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Tim Lo Surdo of Democracy In Colour. Photo: Daniel Boud.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #136 Tim Lo Surdo (Democracy in Colour founder).

Fascinating episode of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! this week as Tim Lo Surdo joins us to talk about social justice, “anti-racism” and what inspired him to found Australian social enterprise, Democracy in Colour. 🎙✨👊

At the age of 23, Tim has lead by example in being a thought leader for change as the former Head of Campaigns at Oaktree Foundation, an adviser to two Senators, run national campaigns for a digital campaigning organisation in India, co-founded an international spoken word poetry platform, led communications for UN Youth Australia and organised young people in Queensland for the AYCC.

And now he’s created, Democracy in Colour, Australia’s first national racial justice advocacy organisation led by people of colour, who run campaigns to tackle structural racism; do rapid response work to hold political, cultural and corporate leaders to account on the things they say and do on race; and build platforms to increase the political voice of people of colour.

Every single week on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! we interview inspiring individuals and entrepreneurs across a range of industries about what makes them tick and drives their hunger for success.

Let’s get into it!

Download Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! now via iTunes today!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! with Tim Lo Surdo of Democracy In Colour. Photo: Daniel Boud.

Chart-topping ‘Grease: Live’ star Sam Clark live from Los Angeles, releases ‘Out Of Reach’!

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Sam Clark live from Los Angeles on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

Los Angeles-based Australian actor and singer/songwriter Sam Clark joins us this week on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! LIVE from LA!

Sam’s first ever acting job was on Australian TV soap opera Neighbours, he’s had 2 x #1s on the ARIAs Physical Singles Chart and last year starred in Grease: Live, the USA television special broadcast by Fox that was a live, televised remake of the 1978 film Grease and this week Sam’s launched a brand new single and music video called ‘Out Of Reach’ that we’re featuring on the show!

Sam & I chat about working with Grammy award-winning songwriting partner Bill Grainer (Jennifer Hudson, Forever In Your Mind), our very first meeting for at a house party in the Hollywood Hills with Aussie actor Jacinta Stapleton, our shared love of hiking the canyons around greater Los Angeles and top tips/key lessons/advice for any Australian contemplating packing up their lives and making a go of it in LA.

Are an Aussie actor or budding rockstar wanted to live a life in Los Angeles, California? THIS is the show for you!

Download Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! now via iTunes today!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
Android users – you’ll need to download the free Podcast Republic app then search Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. 
Connect with Sam Clark online:
Twitter – https://twitter.com/SamClarkmusic – @samclarkmusic
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/samjclark/ – @samjclark
Artist Alexandra Danielle AKA @thecolourofsound: https://www.instagram.com/thecolourofsound/
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Sam Clark live from Los Angeles on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

Viper Room talent buyer & Evol Walks Aussie lead singer Leah Martin-Brown killing it in the USA! | Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Episode #134

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Leah Martin-Brown – Evol Walks leader singer & Viper Room talent buyer. Photo credit: @dropout.photography.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #134 Leah Martin-Brown (Evol Walks lead singer & Viper Room talent buyer). 

Exciting!

This life is all about what you make it and Los Angeles-based Australian Leah Martin-Brown, talent buyer at LA’s iconic live music venue Viper Room and lead singer of Evol Walks, has got this sh*t down in spades!

Having recently signed a new worldwide deal with Rick Sales and Larissa Giampaoli of Rick Sales Entertainment (Slayer, Mastodon, Ghost & more), Leah and Evol Walks have shared the staged with the likes of Dream Theater, Shaggy, Everclear, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and sh*tloads more over the past 2 years!

With new tunes now on the way, co-written with Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides) and Dan and Travis from Atreyu, 2017 is set to be a very exciting year indeed for this Gold Coast native.

If you are an aspiring Australian musician or actor who harbours ambitions of making it to the big-time in the USA, then this week’s show is ALL about you!

In the wise words of Leah Martin-Brown: “Fear Is Bullsh*t. Don’t be a pussy.”  There is absolutely f*ckin’ nothing stopping you from making a start today!

Download this sh*t!

Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.
Leah Martin-Brown – Evol Walks leader singer & Viper Room talent buyer. Photo credit: @dropout.photography.

Instagram Stories Latest Update – Drive Reach through use of Locations + Hashtags.

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Instagram Video on Instagram Stories now drives Reach through Locations + #hashtags

Interesting!

I have been keenly watching the evolution of Instagram Stories in recent times and in the latest Instagram platform update, brands who use relevant Locations + Hashtags within their content (on photos/video) can expect increased Reach and Brand Awareness of their Instagram Stories. 

The inclusion of Locations & #hashtags, as shown in the screenshots below from our @hotndelicious Instagram account content, created whilst watching the Golden State Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, lead to a higher volume views of my @hotndelicious Instagram Stories by people searching #GSW and #NBAFinals content.

By adding Locations & #hashtags to Instagram videos, you can tap into increased traffic beyond your existing audience as ‘Grammers from around the world seek to connect with content from Locations or #hashtags associated with current events, digital activations and/or their favourite sports team.

So when you are choosing a social media strategist for your digital ecosystems for ongoing or campaign content, you need to take into consideration how quickly platforms evolve and how in touch your social media lead is with said social platforms.

One of the advantages I have as a highly experienced Social Media Strategist is that I am not only working with a diverse number of clients across multiple platforms and range of different industries including B2B, Health Insurance, FMCG, Not-For-Profit, beer/alcohol brands, financial/technology, travel and much more, but I also have my own two brands, Hot & Delicious Rocks The Planet! and Craft Beer Lovin’, where I am still on the tools every week creating still photography, video and audio content (for my Bondi Beach Radio show and podcast).

This means that unlike a lot of other strategists, I am one of the first to discover these latest social media platform changes before they are officially announced by the platforms and I’ll usually trial new products/content execution types on my own two brands first prior to putting them on the table for clients.

So to wrap this quick update, I’ll give you business advice and food for thought: There are a lot of wanna-be so-called social media specialists in this business and they usually brand themselves with self-coined terms like Social Media Guru/Ninja/Unicorn. If you are looking for a new Social Media Strategist for your brand or business, then make sure that you’re working with someone who not only understands how to ladder social media content up to meet your Business & Brand Objectives, but just as importantly has their finger on the pulse as a prolific content creator in their own right.

And if you want to work with me, then don’t be shy… I’ll get straight back to you. Drop me a line. 😃📱🎙✌🏻

Article by Dan Wilkinson AKA @hotndelicious, founder of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

Dan Wilkinson is the global award-winning founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professionals who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Moula Money, Miller Genuine Draft, Strongbow Cider, Kopparberg Cider, Bulmers Cider & more.

His portfolio over the past 18 months includes APAC winner at the 2016 Facebook Awards, speaker at Social Media Week – Miamimultiple global Kinsale Sharks Awards (Silver, Bronze, Bronze), case studies featured on both the Instagram and Twitter Global Business Blogs, Shorty Awards finalist in NYC & much more.  
 
For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact:info@hotndelicious.com
 
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Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professionals who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.

FuckUp Nights, Entrepreneurship & Tenacious Ambition. Garry Williams on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! | Episode #133

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Garry Williams (General Assembly Australia – Partnerships Lead, FuckUp Nights organizer) joins Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #133 Garry Williams (General Assembly Australia – Partnerships Lead, FuckUp Nights organizer). 

Ever wanted to have the gumption to just say…”Fuck it! I am going to chase my dreams?”

No? Well, listen in, ‘cause me and Gaz Williams are living and breathing examples of how to pave that road to success with an tenacious, unwavering ambition fuelled by a desire tobe happy and love what you do in life.

The Partnerships Lead for General Assembly launched FuckUp Nights in Melbourne a year ago, a global movement founded in Mexico that has spread like wildfire from the likes of Istanbul to New York to Tel Aviv and now Australia, where start-up founders, small business owners, entrepreneurs and inspiring entrepreneurs meet-up to soak up the stories of failed businesses/projects by now successful businessmen and women.

And yes, FuckUp Nights is now coming to Sydney! Next week on Friday 9th of June, Gaz Williams and his crew are launching FuckUp Nights Sydney at the picturesque Circular Quay at the Overseas Passenger Terminal next to Sydney Harbour Bridge, right near Sydney Opera House and yes, you can be a part of it!

Super inspiring tale of one of the main people that drives me to push myself further. Download this show and learn the secrets to drive, ambition and success.

Let’s get amongst it!

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‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
 
For social media, photography & influencer business enquiries contact:info@hotndelicious.com
 
Dan Wilkinson is founder of travel, entertainment & lifestyle biz/brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet and one of Australia’s most experienced social media professional who has driven social media for a range of international brands including Cancer Council Australia, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese & more.