Billy Fox returns!
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! repeat offender and Sydney indie soul, R&B & hip hop artist & producer, Billy Fox, joined me live in the studio last week to launch his brand new single ‘Shapes’.
We first met when I was music supervisor for Ballistyx Snowboard Show on Channel GO! back in 2010. Flash forward 7 years and Billy Fox- ‘Shapes’ is getting serious spins around the globe, plus he has just announced a series of exclusive Australian east coast tour dates including Oxford Art Factory – Gallery Bar (Sydney), Rare Finds - Black Bear Lodge (Brisbane), Moonshine Bar at Manly Food & Wine Festival and Penny Black (Melbourne).
I draw inspiration from my one-on-ones with Billy Fox every… single… time! (both on and off mic). Today we delve deeper into the meaning behind ‘Shapes’, a track created to reawaken the lost art of conversation, it highlights a culture that we’ve created for ourselves, where we force our individual opinions down each others’ throats and attack the person rather than entering into measured debates… there is a serious need for all of us to adopt an approach where we take a moment for introspection and to search within, before knee-jerk reaction opinions and seeking to change others’ to ours without consideration for where they’re coming from.
Aside from the D&Ms, we get serious about our music experiences with Billy Fox and I spitballing the iconic music of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, being given Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled album for the very first time, the experience of producing tunes for Australian filmmaker and musician Macario De Souza AKA Kid Mac, making a positive impact on the lives of others and SO much more!
We all grow from adversity and something that I champion in my own life is the way Billy Fox lives his. In music, like life, “there is so much to get distracted by… especially when you’re creating, especially with music”, so music like every other facet of our lives at this time “it’s all about streamlining, simplifying”… and Billy Fox indeed is living up to this through his personal Mission Statement and stepping back from the stresses of over-stimulation and white noise, by keeping things simple… “If it feels good, then do it”.
Let’s get into it!
BILLY FOX ‘SHAPES’ TOUR DATES:
SYDNEY – SAT 13 MAY | OAF GALLERY, SYDNEY NSW w/ San Mei
BRISBANE FRI 26 MAY | RARE FINDS @ BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD
MANLY SUN 28 MAY | MANLY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, MANLY NSW
MELBOURNE SAT JUN 3 | PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE VIC
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Welcome to our exclusive Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet show with RUOK? Campaign Director Katherine Newton.
Men account for 75% of all suicides in Australia and RUOK is a suicide prevention charity in Australia created to drive meaningful conversations with mates and loved ones to save lives.
On our 2nd consecutive university lecture at Macleay College in Sydney, we chat extensively with Katherine about this Australian suicide prevention charity including:
- The evolution from RUOK? Day from a campaign into a 365 day-a-year suicide prevention charity.
- The approach and 4 Simple Steps you should take that could save someone’s life.
- RUOK’s ongoing partnerships and their staff buy-in with the likes of Hungry Jacks, Virgin Mobile, the Australian Government Department of Heath, Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Country Rugby League.
- Key steps everyday Australians can take to generate conversation and help raise awareness in their own physical and digital communities.
- Techniques & Meditation Apps that you can use to manage your own mental health.
- What to do if somebody says they’re not okay?
- The psychology behind Choosing A Call to Action – make it simple and get people participating.
- RUOK education and mental health projects with:
- Australian children in primary schools and high schools.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferers – Ambulance, Paramedics, Police.
- RUOK? Day 2017 – Thursday 14th September.
For me, as an individual who has experienced the death of one of my best mate’s brother by suicide and my own family member who has experienced their own mental health issues, this show cuts deep and it’s was just wonderful to spend time one-on-one with a senior representative of an organisation like RUOK, who are making a daily positive impact on the lives of thousands of Australians.
Fascinating and insightful chats. Let’s get into it!
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Special thank yous for everyone who had a part in making this a reality:
- Katherine Newton and the team at RUOK?
- Macleay College:
- Ian Thomson (Head of Faculty).
- Jeremy Taylor Riley (Social Media Strategy Lecturer).
- The students.
- Alex Newall.
- The Production Team.
- Benjamin Sopronick.
- Mitchell Dodds.
- Cisco Corea
- Grant Flannery (Strategy Director – co:collective).
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Streetart exhibition raises funds for Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation
Anyone who knows me knows how much I’ve fallen in love with Melbourne’s street-art scene over the past few years and so as exhausted as I was after a hectic week, nothing could stop me jumping on my bike and riding late through the wet streets of Melbourne on Friday night to attend a wonderful event on Smith St in Fitzroy for the most perfect cause.
The Paterson Project was held at heritage-listed Paterson Building where over the course of the past week, over 100 artists, including the likes of Rone, Adnate, Mayo, DVATE, Facter, Alexandra Lederman and many more, dedicated their time to decorating the walls of this grand old building with their works of art to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Packed to the rafters with more hipsters than you could poke a beard at, it was wonderful to be able to appreciate so many majestic pieces of art in the one place and I wandered up and down the 3 floors of this living and breathing masterpiece for over an hour.
One of my simplest weekend pleasures is to spend hours wandering previously unexplored alleyways or even streets that I think I already know around Melbourne, with the prospect of stumbling upon some unexpected beauty…
Occasionally, I’ll overhear people bitching about their favourite piece being tagged by some young punk or being covered up by a new piece of artwork that they don’t like, but what they don’t consider and they’re missing is that there-in lies its beauty – street-art is the perfect, symbolic reflection of life on this planet – beauty is everywhere, fleeting and quite often in the last place you’d expect to find it… captivating in one moment and then gone the next – as such it helps teach us to appreciate every single moment for what it is and even when it fades or is gone, becomes a part of us forever.
Beauty is everywhere. Enjoy!
Apologies to any artists who’s names we’ve missed or for any incorrectly labelled artworks. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch so that we can update accordingly.
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