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Jamaican me crazy! Travel the world with art auctioneer, record producer & Bondi Beach Breakfast host, Boston Rodriguez | Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Episode #121.

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Boston Rodriguez (Bondi Beach Breakfast) live with Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet) on Bondi Beach Radio.

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #121 Boston Rodriguez (record producer & Bondi Beach Breakfast radio host). 

 
Ever wanted to Choose Your Own Adventure?
 
I don’t mean like in the books that you used to explore as a kid, I mean in life!
 
To turn the page and venture down a path without knowing what lies ahead, just because you think that it might get you to a place that you never even dreamed of.
 
Well, then welcome to my life… and the life of record producer & Bondi Beach Breakfast host on Bondi Beach Radio, Boston Rodriguez.
 
Life is to be enjoyed and from an early age, this fast-talking, energetic North London lad has built a life and career out of exploration.
 
Whether it be writing/presenting nationwide radio music documentaries whilst living in New Zealand, opening up the eyes and world of Kingston’s youth whilst working as an art auctioneer in Jamaica or his London  journey from star music student to record producer, the life of Boston Rodriguez is one of Choose Your Own Adventure and it is truly my pleasure to bring that adventure to you!
 
Let’s get into it!
 
Article & podcast by Dan Wilkinson of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!  🍻🎙✌🏻

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Boston Rodriguez (record producer & Bondi Beach Breakfast radio host) live with Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet) on Bondi Beach Radio.

The rise of Falls. The stuff that dreams are made of.

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Falls stop by from the USA on their Australian tour.
Falls stop by from the USA on their Australian tour.

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Interview #40 – Falls (Australian folk rock band).

It’s that age-old love tale. Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Then they break up. And live happily ever after… as an internationally-signed folk rock band… ha ha… couldn’t help myself… True story though.

Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown AKA Falls are a duo from Darwin and NSW, who were originally a couple and now two friends, who are signed with a US record label (Verve Records), booking agent and management – helping them make the transition from independent Australian band to North American touring band.

Utilizing premier Australian music conference BigSound, Melinda’s experience with Eleven music company founder, John Watson at John Butler’s ‘the seed’ and the team at Sounds Australia as a launching pad for Canadian Music Week and South By Southwest, Falls signed a booking agent, management and lawyer on their North American tour in March 2013, followed later in the year by an approach from the Verve Records A&R team at CMJ Music Marathon, a 5 day music & film conference in New York City.

Flash forward 2 years and they have now spent the past 2 years living in the USA, touring the country and recording their debut album ‘Omaha’ due out on October 2nd worldwide! AND they launched their first single from the new album on the Wall Street Journal. Epic!

I’ve not caught up with these 2 since that 2013 SXSW tour when we met and became friends at SXSW in Austin, Texas and it was lovely to have them sitting on the couch in my castle in the sky telling all their tales from the road and what makes these two tick.

Ever wanted to know what it takes to make in the music industry? Then this is the podcast for you. They’ve poured blood, sweat, tears & a whole swag of hard-earned Benjamins into their career on the sniff of a chance to achieve success beyond their wildest dreams. 

Truly an inspiration & makes me happy every single time I see their latest update on social media.

This is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Free Download #40 – Falls (Australian folk rock band).  

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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.

Connect with Falls via Twitter or check out more of their music/tour dates via the website fallsofficial.com

Falls live at SXSW in 2013 – Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson

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Rakhal Ebeli founder & CEO, Newsmodo pioneering the changing face of journalism.

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Melbourne catch-ups with Newsmodo founder & CEO, Rakhal Ebeli

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Interview #39 – Rakhal Ebeli (former journalist, founder & CEO – Newsmodo).

One of the most exciting parts about the current age we live in is that most of us will now have not one or two, but multiple careers across span of our lifetimes – I myself have had many permutations – working behind the bar at Crown Casino in Melbourne, running music festivals and events around Australia, an international flight attendant living in Dubai and traversing the globe with 5-star hotels and pretty girls working for Emirates Airline for 6.5 years, music supervisor for Ballistyx Snowboard Show on Channel GO! and now I get paid to guide global brands in their ongoing social media strategy and campaigns… and that’s just a few of my jobs.

Like myself, Newsmodo.com founder & CEO, Rakhal Ebeli, is a fascinating guy who has transformed his professional career as his passions change, he grows as an individual and the news media marketplace evolves to an ecosystem almost unrecognizable from what it was just 20, 15 and even 5 years ago.

Having worked at Australian national television broadcaster Network 10 as a news reporter and presenter for 10 years, Rakhal original set-up the News.me app to improve the way people find and talk about the news, before creating Newsmodo –  a content marketing agency that empowers businesses to connect with audiences through engaging and visual content, crafted by experienced journalists from around the world.

Newsmodo create content for brands and connect their global network of freelance journalists with their clients including international news media giants and brands such as M&C Saatchi, ANZ Bank, Suncorp Bank and more.

Today’s inspiring chat covers Newsmodo’s amazing work, including being first on the ground covering the Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight shot out of the sky in the Ukraine, providing news media footage for the likes of Associated Press, The Mirror, ABC, Seven News, Ten News, The Project.

We spend time talking about life-changing stories like the Black Saturday Fires, one of the most horrific and landmark events in Australian history, which Rakhal covered live – being the first man in the Network 10 offices on that fateful day, the fires a moment in time bigger in scale than anything he’d been equipped to cover, going into areas where his team were making on-the-fly decisions as to where they should position themselves to shoot broadcasts or seek refuge and then returning to these places to find these houses or positions only to find them razed by fire and the enormity of events as the day unfolded.

Across the course of the podcast we cover his journey from journalism to content creation, growing up in Fitzroy at time when gangs of thugs rather than flocks of hipsters roamed the streets of the northern suburbs of Melbourne, making a start in journalism whilst unemployed after returning from university in San Francisco and being taken under the wing of enigmatic Australian TV journalist & personality, Grant Denyer.

For those of you who work in the digital industry or aspire to, we spend time on branded content, hints and tips for how to make a start in content creation as a career and what makes great content great.

Fascinating individual, inspiring chats and we both could have honestly chatted on for hours – I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Rakhal Ebeli, look forward to joining him on the Brand Storytelling podcast and to having him back again as a guest of on our very own Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast.

The story starts now… Enjoy!

Free Download #39 – Rakhal Ebeli (former journalist, founder & CEO – Newsmodo).  

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

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.

Connect with Rakhal Ebeli via Twitter, subscribe to the Brand Storytelling podcast or head on over to Newsmodo.com to find out more.

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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.

Hayden Calnin signs global music deal, new single & taking on the world!

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Hayden Calnin drops by our castle in the sky.

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Interview #38 – Hayden Calnin (Singer/Songwriter & Producer).

I’d like to say that one of my skill-sets is being able to spot a like-minded soul at 10 paces and in many ways, prolific Australia singer-songwriter and producer, Hayden Calnin, is one of those.

At the moment, everything Hayden Calnin touches turns to gold – by holding himself to his “putting everything into what you do” attitude, Hayden has put himself in a position where the world is at his feet – from having music featured on hit American TV shows Suits/Parenthood/Teen Wolf, to the magic of his latest single ‘White Night’,  festival slots at Falls Festival and NYE on the Hill  and being asked by the next crop of amazing Australian musicians to produce their music.. just because they want to tap into his skill-set as a creator… HOWQUA, Eliza Hull… seriously.. watch this space… 

Yes, the good news is if you’re not in Australia, Hayden Calnin is going to be coming to your home-town very soon… Europe, Canada, USA… all now targets on his hitlist having just inked a global booking deal with major players The Agency Group in North America and Europe, so if you haven’t heard his shit yet, I promise you will… very very shortly.

I invite you now to sit back and enjoy our chat, as we flick back and forth between his life in music and Hayden as a person covering everything from his favourite authors to the inspirational figures in his life, his first ever memory as a child at his German grandparents’ house hunting for Easter Eggs, life philosophies and his work with young Australians, teaching music and connecting with our youth at one of Melbourne’s juvenile detention facilities.

Love it! And man, the first time you hear this guy perform live, it’s like… “Wow, that just happened… I want more!” – a must see for anyone with a modicum of taste in live musical performance

Hayden Calinin. Selfless, soulful and inspiring… Enjoy! 

Free Download #38 – Hayden Calnin (Singer/Songwriter & Producer).  

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

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.

Connect with Hayden Calnin via Twitter or check out more of his music/tour dates via this brand spanking new website haydencalninmusic.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Lauren Ridgway – Top tips for building your brand in social media

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Content Marketer & Social Media Strategist, Lauren Ridgway drops by the podcast
Content Marketer & Social Media Strategist, Lauren Ridgway drops by the podcast

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Interview #37 – Lauren Ridgway (Social Media Strategist).  

Self-professed fashion addict, word nerd and content marketer, Lauren Ridgway, has spent the last 6 years of her life focused around building a career in social media working with Melbourne University, MYOB, National Australia Bank and more.

Lauren and I met at Social Media ClubMelbourne, a social media community with over 300 chapters world-wide, who host presentations with representatives of the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Nike, Slurpee, Cadbury & more on a regular basis. SUPER place to network for people who work in social media or aspire to. 

In today’s podcast we chat about traveling solo through Italy and the impact it made on her Lauren’s, her time living in France as a 16-year old exchange student, the inspiration of surrounding yourself with people who challenge the status quo, the top 3 tips for building your own personal brand or small business and so much more.

I love spending time with intelligent, independent individuals who exude this passion for life, people and making a difference to the lives of others, so as you’ll see, the conversation just flows…

Enjoy!

Free Download #37 – Lauren Ridgway (Social Media Strategist).  

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

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.

Connect with Lauren Ridgway or read her regular articles on digital media via Twitter. 

And here’s just a few of the content marketing and social media articles she’s written:

How to Grow Your Twitter Followers:

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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.

Dan Sims. Wine Entrepreneur with a Currency of Kindness.

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Dan Sims - Bottle Shop Concepts founder & entrepreneur).
Dan Sims – Bottle Shop Concepts founder & entrepreneur).

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Interview #36 Dan Sims (entrepreneur & wine festival founder – Bottle Shop Concepts).  

Just say hello..

Bottle Shop Concepts founder, sommelier & wine festival entrepreneur, Dan Sims, is breaking down stereotypes and “taking the wank out of wine”.

Starting out in the wine industry as a sommelier, Dan Sims created a series large scale rock festival-style wine festivals in two different countries that he’s looking to take around the world – medieval dress-ups and chain-mail at Games of RhonesPinot Palozza, Wine Day Out and Vin Dieman, a celebration of all that’s great about Tasmania… these are just some of the wonderful events that the Bottle Shop Concepts founder is bringing to the table.

Today’s podcast is a story of two halves with the first hour focused around wine and the Bottle Shop Concepts brand, morphing into an inspirational exploration into Dan’s background, how he flipped a life-threatening tumour into a positive experience and making an impact with his “ currency of kindness” approach to business and his personal life.

Inspiring chats with someone who is quite clearly is on his way to greatness.

Let’s get into it!

Free Download#36 Dan Sims (entrepreneur & wine festival founder – Bottle Shop Concepts). 

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

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.

Follow Dan Sims on Twitter and book tickets for Pinot Palooza, Vin Diemen & more via bottleshopconcepts.com in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

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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.

Don’t sweat the money! La Mascara co-founder & entrepreneur, Nate Debritt.

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La Mascara co-founder & entrepreneur Nate Debritt blazing his own trail.
La Mascara co-founder & entrepreneur Nate Debritt blazing his own trail.

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Interview #35 Nate Debritt (Entrepreneur & Biz Founder/Co-Owner – La Mascara alcohol brand, Kodiak Club and Little Blood bar co-owner).  

“Don’t sweat the money!”
 

From casinos to cruise ships, today’s podcast guest is La Mascara alcohol brand co-founder, Kodiak Club American bourbon bar and Little Blood tequila bar co-owner and entrepreneur, Nathan Debritt.

La Mascara is a wicked alcohol brand with a range of ready-to-serve cocktails, spirits (tequila, vodka) and alcoholic ice teas that hospitality industry stalwart, party guy and entrepreneur Nate Debritt, Ben Gillies (Silverchair), Ben’s wife Jackie Gillies (Real Housewives of Melbourne) and Anton Drazevic (Folklore) launched on the reality TV show in 2014 as a point of difference in the global liquor market.

Nate and I met in Richmond, Melbourne in 2006 just after I left Emirates Airline, at a bar he co-owned called the Town Hall Hotel. I was catching up with the Emirates crew who’d just landed into Melbourne for a few cheeky bevies and he was chasing a young Irish lass who was also on the crew. Anyway, after a few drinks at the Towny and a whole lot more at several shady establishments in Windsor, we ventured back to the Town Hall Hotel for a late night lock-in with a bunch of well-lubricated flight attendants. My lasting memory of that evening is a moment of clarity at stupid o’clock in the morning when I realized I was behind the bar of a bloke I just met pouring fresh pints for all and sundry… Oh, and this friendship 😉
 
Flash forward 9 years later and Nate is now one of those people I know I can rely upon when I’m craving inspiration, hits of elation in conversation and flat-out honesty, without desolation.
 
I’ve said many times on this podcast, that a big factor in success and drive as an inspired, small business owner treading your own path towards living the dream, is surrounding yourself with like-minded people who, while maybe not chasing the same dream as you, share a hunger for a life less ordinary. For me, my friend Nathan Debritt is one of those.
 
If there is only one, that is the one thing that I hope you take from this podcast.
 
Enjoy!
 

Free Download #35 Nate Debritt (Entrepreneur & Biz Founder/Co-Owner – La Mascara alcohol brand, Kodiak Club and Little Blood bar co-owner).  

Check out La Mascara here, drinks & Mexican at Little Blood tequila bar or get down to Kodiak Club for THE most delicious buffalo wings in Australia.

Co-founders of La Mascara alcohol brand Nate Debritt, Ben Gillies (Silverchair) and Jackie Gillies (Real Housewives of Melbourne).
L-R: Co-founders of La Mascara alcohol brand Anton Drazevic, Jackie Gillies (Real Housewives of Melbourne), Ben Gillies (Silverchair) & Nate Debritt

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

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 us 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.