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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 🤘🏼✨🎸

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

Mardi Gras, Social Media & Go-go dancing with Craig Mack | Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! Episode #120.

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Craig Mack on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!
Craig Mack on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

DOWNLOAD the PODCAST – #120 Craig Mack (Social Media Strategist, Influencer & Model). 

Sick chats with my inspiring home-boy Craig Mack, Geek, Flirt, Model at @winkmodelsaus, Social Media Manager (@TEDxSydney @pinnaclefound), blogger, Go-go dancer and brand ambassador (@getwoofd @theright_fit).
 
We discuss a range of different topics including his work with TEDx, theright.fitThe Pinnacle Foundation and changing the lives of disadvantaged LGBTIQ students, what it’s like to work in the social media industry, global game-changing social media campaigns, drag queens, Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival and parade, life and what it’s like to run your own freelance business in the digital and the joys of working with social enterprise.
 
How is an absolutely amazing and inspiring individual and it is truly a pleasure to be able to share his story!
 
❤️
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‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ entertainment, travel, photography & lifestyle blog:
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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.
Craig Mack on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!
Craig Mack on Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy and Content Production for your brand | Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson
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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet – Global Award-Winning Social Media Strategy, Best Practice Social Media Playbooks, Monthly Reporting Templates & Content Production for your business or brand.

Social Media Strategy, Content Production, Monthly Social Media Calendars,Social Media Playbook creation, Community Management & Reporting

2017 has been a magical year so far! 

12 months ago I wrapped my role as the Social Media Lead at SapientNitro and over the following months we won a sh*tload of awards from our work, but it was the right decision, born of a desire to to push myself to new heights and feel again the surge of energy that comes hand-in-hand with running your own show.

Since leaving my full-time role, I’ve shot a TV pilot at Twitter HQ in Sydney and Boilermaker House in Melbourne with two of my best friends Alister Robbie of The Post Project and Matt Smolen of Balloon Tree Productions (still in post-production – watch this space), spent 3 months based in West Hollywood, captured content at the US Masters in Augusta,  Georgia, shot photos of Michelle Obama (called the Secret Service guy who patted me down, mate) and Wolfmother and recorded 4-5 shows for the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! podcast at SXSW Music Conference in Austin, gained over 10K+ followers on each of my @hotndelicious (12.7K) and @craftbeerlovin’ Instagram (11.4K) accounts (I only launched @craftbeerlovin’ in April 2016 as a way to show my mates back home what beers I was drinking in the USA and now run with my good mate Nathan Webster, relocated to Sydney, took on Cancer Council Australia as a client of Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!, soaked up the positivity of working with an NFP and the feeling that you experience when you make a significant contribution to an organization, who are making an impact on the lives of Australians every single day, moved to Bondi Beach, landed myself a weekly radio show on Bondi Beach Radio within 10 days of arriving, have been asked to be a guest lecturer role in social media strategy at Sydney University Macleay College, started working as a social media influencer being paid to produce brand partnership content for my own brand – Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!, took on Mahlab Content Agency (Salesforce, HBf insurance) as a client, made countless new friends and shared some of the most amazing experiences!

My focus with recent clients has been to immerse myself into their business and ways of working, so that I can effectively audit their digital ecosystem, assets (physical and digital), corporate partnerships, influencer engagements, digital channels, content creation and reporting structure, so that I can then create custom Best Practice Social Media Playbooks, monthly or quarterly reporting templates for clients, upgrade their existing systems and processes and create strategic 2-3 year digital roadmaps. 

It’s been a fascinating, challenging, joyful and rewarding year since going out on my own and making the transition from Social Media Lead for SapientNitro in Australia driving social media for Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Peroni Italian Beer, Bulmers Original Cider, Oreo, Philly Cream Cheese, Kraft Peanut Butter & more, to diving back into the freelance world with the challenges of owning/operating your own business and contracting with clients for a living.

After returning from Los Angeles in June, I spent six weeks in Melbourne pitching for contracts around Australia which culminated with me relocating to the warmer climes of Sydney to work with one of my favourite and most exciting clients yet… Cancer Council Australia.

While every client, be it agency-side or working for yourself, has its own challenges, ultimately overall this has been one of the most wonderful and enlightening experiences – to consult with an organization that are making a massive impact on the lives of everyday Australians, every single day!

I’m enjoying Sydney and beach life so much that I’ve decided to stay on Sydney for the summer and beyond and relocated from Coogee to Bondi Beach in late 2016 to be closer to the surf and where the action is.

While Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet! will continue to consult with Cancer Council Australia and other clients on an ongoing basis, we are in the market for exciting new clients who are a good fit for our lifestyle and what we believe in.

If you are keen to audit your brand’s social media presence and generate a strategy/content that actually drives your business/brand objectives whilst being a digital ecosystem that your customers and fans actually want to interact with and be a part of, then we should chat!

Warning: We don’t do inspirational quotes or cat memes as they do nothing to help your business – unless you’re a pet store 😜

Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet!)
info@hotndelicious.com


A few career highlights so far include:

In my time in the advertising industry, we’ve changed the way our clients play in the social media space with innovative thinking, exciting brand building and social media-led campaigns.

When I first joined SapientNitro in July 2013, the Australian arm of the business had never focussed on social media clients before. During my time at the agency, with the support of our global social teams in Miami, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Toronto, we transformed the Melbourne office into a digitally-focussed business, creating internal ways of working, crisis management & escalation procedures, content production and community management processes, reporting templates, social listening and analytics tool assessment/review, pitch document creation for successful pitches and more.

I stepped away from full-time agency-life in January 2016 to soak up the challenge of further building my own business and brand, Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet, and that of my clients, who crave a forward-thinking digital brand of their own. I want to partner with agencies, brands and clients to create audience-centric content that’s built for the user experience and drives the brand awareness/Reach that ultimately drive foot traffic/sales for their respective businesses.

And that now starts with you…

If you, your agency, your business, your brand or your client are looking to transform the way you approach social media then your journey starts now.

Complete our Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet contact form below and we can start building your presence today.

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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.

 

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson.
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet. Social Media Strategy, Monthly Content Creation, Community Management & Reporting. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson.