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Adrenaline junkie Alister Robbie & the world of global TV production.

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Alister Robbie in action on Sydney Harbour. Photo credit: Steven Rushworth.
Alister Robbie in action on Sydney Harbour. Photo credit: Steven Rushworth.

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Interview #30 – Alister Robbie (The Post Project director, producer & craft brewer).  

“When you’re hanging from 3 fingers and desperately trying to get your hand up onto the ledge to give you some breathing room because your left arm’s about to pop out, the fact of whether you can pay your rent or your phone bill is overdue tends not to matter so much.”
– Alister Robbie (The Post Project).

Self-confessed adrenaline junkie, Alister Robbie is a director, producer, craft beer brewer and owner of global business – The Post Project Production Company.

Al and I met met back in 2010 when Al was a producer on Ballistyx Snowboard Show on Channel GO! in Australia and I was working as the TV show’s music supervisor, sourcing the music of independent Australian artists and bands across a range of genres from around Australia.

A hard-core adventurist, Alister Robbie’s been an adrenaline junkie from a very young age, with his first bungee jump at age 11, rock-climbing, sky-diving, riding ramp on skate-boards, roller blades, BMX and eventually making his way into the mountain-biking scene.

It was during that time about 20 years that while pushing the limits, Al had a serious mountain-biking accident, crashing while traversing a his way down a mountain, his bike and body strewn over 60 metres and was clinically dead for around 5-6 minutes.

These days he gets his high through snowboarding and chasing the powder on the big mountains around the world and that life-changing experience on the mountain has impacted his outlook on life, cherishing every moment and his desire complete with an unwavering no fear attitude has led to Al’s business, The Post Project, to come on leaps and bounds since it’s inception in 2010.

The first ever foreigner in the world allowed to shoot in Reebok’s factory in China, Al’s past & present clients include Reebok, Little Creatures Brewing Company, German automobile manufacturer Audi, Shell, Sneaker Freaker, craft breweries around Australia and many many more.

We chat about:

  • The entrepreneurial mindset & achieving goals beyond your wildest dreams.
  • Zen & rock-climbing -“Suddenly the worries of the world fall away and don’t matter so much”
  • Surrounding yourself with like-minded people – replacing the “Why” people with the “Why Not” people.
  • Cherry picking skills/qualities of a range of people who inspire you and making them you’re own, rather than emulating “idols”.
  • Richard Branson – cocking up with the IRS and how some of the most successful people not only celebrate their successes, but are highly transparent about their failures. 

This is the story of my close friend and a man achieving global success with a mantra that I also call my own…

Bite off more than you can chew then chew like hell.

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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 Alister on Twitter or for The Post Project business enquiries, head to thepostproject.com.

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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.

Nick Bracks (underBRACKS biz founder & entrepreneur) – Podcast Interview

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Nick Bracks (underBRACKS biz founder & entrepreneur) drops by our castle in the sky.
Nick Bracks (underBRACKS biz founder & entrepreneur) drops by our castle in the sky.

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Interview #29 – Nick Bracks (underBRACKS biz founder, Headspace brand ambassador, TV celebrity and entrepreneur).  

Born in country-Victoria, Australian businessman, TV celebrity, model, aspiring actor, Headspace brand ambassador and underBRACKS founder, Nick Bracks is quite clearly never bored.

Discovered by American Crew in 2009, Nick Bracks has a modelling portfolio that includes Australian retail giants Myer, David Jones and GQ magazine. He’s a former restaurant/cafe owner, has been on Dancing with the Stars in front of millions of people, launched underwear label underBRACKS in 2013 and more recently co-founded superfood supplement, Activated Nutrients.

Drawing from personal experience in his youth with depression and anxiety, Nick has worked with wonderful organisations such as Headspace, Beyond Blue, En Masse and Movember. During today’s chat we share our personal experiences struggling with depression at a young age, finding our focus in our early twenties to pull through and the hunger of wanting to love yourself and achieve in life.

Now regular subscribers to the podcast will know that I’ve had many different career permutations in my short lifetime – Crown Casino bar guy, Emirates Airline international flight attendant, running music festivals & events around Australia, TV show music supervisor, photographer, biochemistry back in the day and now along with this podcast, I’m guiding social media for a range of international brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, Peroni Nastro Azzurro Italian beer, Bulmers Original cider, Philly Cream Cheese, Kraft Nuts Spreads and many more. One of the key lessons that Nick and I discuss and have both learned is to not be afraid to have a go…

“There’s nothing to fear, but fear itself” is never more true than in Nick’s case – we chat about the motivations of delving into different career opportunities, testing the waters of career paths that you think you might like and how it gets you closer to knowing who you are/what you want to do in life… oh and Nick Bracks shares with us the key to marketing yourself as your own brand. Very, very cool.

Oh yes, I’ve got three words for you. “Inspiring” and “Fingers pies.”

Get amongst it!

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 @NickBracks on Twitter/Instagram and check out his website and Facebook page by heading here to underBRACKS.com

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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.

Global sports digital marketer & Sports Geek, Sean Callanan rocking the planet.

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Global sports digital marketer Sean Callanan AKA Sports Geek stops by the studio.
Global sports digital marketer Sean Callanan AKA Sports Geek stops by the studio.

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Interview #28 Sean Callanan (Sports Geek – global digital sports marketer & podcaster).  

Ladies & Gentleman welcome to the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast. My name’s Dan Wilkinson and today we sit-down on the couch with Australian digital sports marketer and podcaster, Sean Callanan, who started his journey back in the day as a developer/coder, slung in out in the trenches of community radio and today works with sporting organizations around Australia and the world including clients in the AFL, NRL, cricket and more, advising them what to do with their brand in the digital space.

For our podcast lovers, Sean’s two podcasts, Sports Geek and the Beers, Blokes and Business podcast cover some super interesting subject matter and have recently just ticked over 200,000 downloads. 

The Sports Geek podcast features interviews with sports business professionals from English Premier League, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, AFL, NRL and NCAA and enjoys listenership in over 75 countries while the Beers, Blokes & Business podcast are regular catch-ups with Sean and his contacts across various industries, where they chat about the challenges of their businesses and how they work through them (over a few cheeky beers of course).

I loved catching up with Sean Callanan today, as it’s not that often that I get to engage with a fellow digital marketer and share our mutual learnings in the roles we play for our clients. Sean shares lots of little gems, including 3 pieces of advice he would give anyone who wants to start marketing their brand in the digital space – no matter whether they be sports teams, individuals, large brands, small business or whatever.

We cover Sean Callanan’s experiences of a lifetime including living in Tennessee as a kid, utilizing the power of Twitter to connect with people that ends up with him sitting in a corporate box shooting the shit with high-powered executives at LA Dodgers – Dodger Stadium, interviewing the likes of Mark Cuban (Audionet founder, Dallas Mavericks owner), Richard Clarke (Arsenal), English cricketer Mike Gatting and that Ball of the Century and the unwavering tenacity that culminates with you meeting and working with people beyond your wildest dreams

Get amongst it!

Click here for magic in your ears 🙂    

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 Sean Callanan up on Twitter – @SeanCallanan + @SportsGeek + @BeersBlokesBiz
Download & subscribe to Sean Callanan’s podcastsSports Geek and Beers, Blokes and Business.
Or check out his websites for more information SeanCallanan.comSports Geek HQBeers, Blokes and Business.

Some of the cool topics we discuss 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.

Johann Ponniah from I OH YOU. Bringing the party back to the people!

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Chit chats with Johann Ponniaj (I OH YOU founder & director).
Chit chats with Johann Ponniaj (I OH YOU founder & director).

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Interview #27 – Johann Ponniah (I OH YOU! – brand, music company record label – founder & director).  

Howdy howdy howdy… today we sit-down on the couch with Johann Ponniah, one of the founders & director of the love child that is I OH YOU!, an Australian music company, brand and independent record label born of 4 guys in the city of Melbourne, that’s becoming bigger than what they could ever have imagined. 

For the uninitiated, the I OH YOU crew launched in 2009 when the then four teenage housemates received a final notice from their gas company for a bill they couldn’t afford to pay off. In a desperate last ditch effort to raise the funds, Johann and his mates threw a house party with live music acts and with the 200 people that attended (including the local police force), the housemates raised enough cash to pay all their bills for the next quarter.

Now I’ve been working in and around the Australian music industry for about 9 years now and I’ve met many many wonderful people, whom, if you haven’t worked in the music scene, invariably aren’t super well paid, driven by their pure passion for music and hunger to make a difference in the scene or at least make their mark.

Johann is a guy who through sheer determination and a SHITLOAD of hard work has built a career within the music industry and been instrumental in working with amazing artists of the likes of DZ Deathrays, Violent Soho, DMAs and more, to take their respective careers to a whole new level, not only in Australia, but on a global scale.

Despite having already achieved a whole swag of success in Australia, Johann remains refreshingly humble and focused on the future – ever-hungry for whatever’s next on his list of goals to tick-off for I OH YOU as a business and the artists that they work with.

We chat about his mentors in music and his family, his Sri Lankan background, a childhood spent growing-up in Campbelltown Sydney and the life lessons he learned after moving to Melbourne just 3 days after finishing high school.

Music industry accolades, successful international touring artists & putting the pieces together to build their business globally… Johann and the guys from I OH YOU are hungry and kicking massive goals.

So humble and many, fascinating tales to share for those just beginning their foray into the Australian or international music scene, whether you be artist, promotor, budding indie label founder or manager.

I hope you love this chat as much as I did.

Enjoy!

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 I OH YOU on Twitter/Instagram and check out all their sick tunes here via their website – I OH YOU.

Green Buzzard announced as the newest member of the I OH YOU family. Check out their 1st single:

Sweet first single from City Calm Down’s forthcoming debut album In A Restless House.

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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.

Hugh Stephens – Australian digital/tech pioneer & ScheduGram founder.

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ScheduGram founder & digital/tech pioneer, Hugh Stephens, drops by Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

ScheduGram founder & digital/tech pioneer, Hugh Stephens, drops by Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

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Interview #25 – Hugh Stephens (ScheduGram founder & digital/tech pioneer). 

Today’s podcast is for the digital, social media and tech geeks out there, particularly those of you who work in social media or who have start-ups that you’re looking to take out to the global market.

Hugh Stephens is the founder and creator of ScheduGram, one of many digital prospects under his Dialogue Group business umbrella.

ScheduGram is a digital tool that many of us who work in the social media industry with FMCGs, travel industry businesses, in the media, fashion brands, bloggers and more, utilize to schedule bulk images for brand monthly content calendars on Instagram, at the key times of day/week when fans and consumers are online and interacting. A massive time-saver as a business and a way that an “always on” business can have content going live at all times of the day, week and on weekends without having to post manually.

This podcast is a little different from others that I’ve recorded thus far, as one of the things I’d love to see more of from the Australia government is support for the proliferation of up & coming digital/tech innovators & pioneers, so I’m keen to support and celebrate those who are tenacious and brave enough to give it a go. Hugh Stephens is one of those.

Today we discuss the challenges of setting up business in the United States as an alien, self-development and different styles of learning – reading vs hands-on experience, building a start-up from scratch in Australia to a business with global customers across multiple languages in North America, South America and Europe and just how damn hard it is to find quality content that’s worth connecting with on the internet these days.

Hugh grew-up in Sydney, lived in Denver Colorado as a child and like many of us treading our own paths, actually started out studying medicine then stepped sideways into a career that he knew that he was made for, that could be his passion.

His advice to you? “Read, read broadly and read often”

Enjoy!

Free Download:Hugh Stephens (ScheduGram founder & digital/tech pioneer) on ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’.

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 Hugh Stephens and ScheduGram on Twitter and get ScheduGram for your social media business or blog here: schedugr.am

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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.

Steele Saunders – stand-up comedy, the life lessons of Yoda & building a career in podcasting.

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Podcaster & stand-up comedian Steele Saunders drops by our castle in the sky.

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Interview #24 – Steele Saunders (stand-up comedian & podcaster – ‘I Love Green Guide Letters’, ‘Steele Wars’).  

“I just think that podcasting was invented for me.” Said every passionate podcaster ever. 
 
Aussie podcaster & stand-up comedian Steele Saunders’ words ring true for me too. In this current age where we’re all over-stimulated by multiple social platforms, short attention spans and white noise, podcasting is a place where like-minded people from across the globe can gather to create or consume content meaningful to them (some of us do both) and feel a sense of belonging.
 
If you’re a die-hard podcast fan or have ever wanted to create your own podcast, then today’s chat of EPIC proportions with Steele is the interview for you, as we bond over maturing but never growing up, life lessons through Yoda, how many years I’ve had single bed Star Wars sheets, Seinfeld, Comic Con & taking the first steps into the North American comedy and podcast scene, life, love, self-indulgence and much much more.
 
Strap yourselves in, this one’s a doozy!
 

Click here for magic in your ears 🙂    

Free Download: Steele Saunders (Aussie stand-up comedian & podcaster) on ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’

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 Steele Saunders on Twitter and download his podcasts here – I Love Green Guide Letters and Steele Wars.

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.