5 years ago I had the pleasure of kickin’ it with L-FRESH The LION on my couch in West Melbourne, chewing the fat on Punjab, Sikh culture, meditation, music and all the simple things in life. 5 years and 221 episodes later, it brings a broad smile to my face that L was my 9th ever Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! podcast guest, that he’s part of my journey and I his.
And man L-FRESH has been BUSY!!! From festival appearances all over Australia, L-FRESH The LION addressed the United Nations Headquarters in New York in late 2018 and shared a stage in London with the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Pakistani human rights and female education activist Malala Yousafzai.
He was also selected as an ambassador for YouTube’s Creators For Change global initiative, with his resulting video RACI$T / OUR WORLD premiering at the Tribeca TV festival in New York and accumulating close to half a million views.
Step inside our world as we chat about the beauty of Goa (India), where he shot the music video for his latest single, ‘Born To Stand Out’, how he stays refreshed and hungry at a time where he’s never been busier, our shared love for NBA, ‘Culture Strong’ x 500K+ views and so much more.
Breaking ground and exceeding expectations is a recurring theme of this South West Sydney artist, having performed alongside hip hop icons such as Nas, Talib Kweli, Chali 2NA and Dead Prez, and even the legendary Sir Elton John, it’s wonderfully refreshing that L-FRESH The LION remains so humble, thoughtful and community-focused. I doff my hat to you, sir.
Let’s get into the show!
Yas! Podcasting in Bondi Beach and there’s a party in my pants!
I rocked up to Bondi Beach Public Bar to record Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! weekly entrepreneurship podcast with this week’s feature guest Andrew Maciver, creator and founder of Party Pants and Bondi Productions, and he had a gift for me. My very own pair of his signature ALOHA Party Pants.
A community of business owners, innovators and game-changers who make their own luck is one of the key reasons that I moved to Bondi Beach from Coogee Beach, when I first arrived in Sydney 3.5 years ago – I describe it as a local global suburb, not because of the volume of tourists and backpackers on holiday visas, but because of the number of locals or residents that have their eyes on the prize and are striving to achieve greatness. This place is a beehive and hub of energy. And Andrew Maciver is one of those!
On today’s show we dive into the Party Pants origin story, Andrew’s ambitions and next steps to scale up the business, his desire to evolve Party Pants into a social enterprise, the process and challenges pulling together a team of creative producers and writers based in Sydney and Los Angeles developing film and television projects to take to market, brand new TV show ideas for Bondi Productions and much, more more.
I’m not surprised at how quickly and easily the conversation flowed given that we have over 30 mutual friends (and inspiring minds) in common from our time in Los Angeles and Australia (Sydney/Melbourne). And I’m not kidding, I wore the most awesome ALOHA Party Pants out for drinks for the first time the next afternoon and night at a Can Cava pintxos & wine, Mamasan Bondi, BBPB and more in Bondi Beach and I lost count of the high volume of attractive women and men, who approached us with “Love the pants! Where can I get them?”.
Wanna get into our pants? Get into our minds first. Download the podcast!
LA-based Evol Walks lead singer & songwriter Leah Martin-Brown joins the show again this week LIVE from LA!
2nd time around on the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! podcast, Leah drops the down low on the latest Evol Walks jams being launched Down Under, their upcoming shows in Las Vegas and LA, she dives deep into the motivations, triggers and joy of her journey to becoming alcohol-free, working on cannabis brands in the advertising industry and much, much more.
This self-powered rockstar, who grew up on the Gold Coast and Melbourne in Australia, built a life in LA and is now 6 years in in the USA, in is an absolute inspiration to me. Let’s get into the show!
OK Moon. Australia’s new supergroup have over 250 Million+ streams on Spotify and 157K MONTHLY LISTENERS! Pumped to launch this week’s double podcast feature with my home-boy, OK Moon’s Hayden Calnin!
We dive into OK Moon’s Taylor Swift connection, the project management tools Hayden uses to manage his time, how he carves out time for himself as a prolific artist and music producer for some of Australia’s top independent artists and the family that are Nettwerk Music, the Canadian record label Hayden recently signed to, his brand new solo EP and ‘A Life You Would Choose’ tour, which drops in November, and much, much more.
Over the next 2 weeks, OK Moon launch their album Down Under and I can’t wait! Get this in your ears!
Raaaaaad chats with one of my favourite new Australian triple threat creative, Deena Jonze!
Living out her creativity through music @jaguarjonze, black & white photography @duskyjonze and illustration @spectatorjonze (focused on the mental health space) , Deena Jonze is kickin’ ass and taking names!
Jaguar Jonze joins me on the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! entrepreneurship podcast this week and we feature her brand new single ‘Beijing Baby’, dive into how her & I met serendipitously in Bondi Beach through One Wave and Fluro Fridays, her earliest ever memory as a kid in Japan, the traps of materialism, living through and growing from PTSD and teaching herself the ropes working in the music industry before jumping headlong into her own Jaguar Jonze music project.
Mad love to Deena and the team at Comes With Fries for making this happen and yep, you can listen to the brand new ‘Beijing Baby’ single at the end of the podcast.
“I’ve got this big ball of fire in my belly”. Yes, you do. Go get ‘em, tiger! 🐯 ✨