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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.

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.

Stream It! Violent Soho’s new single ‘In the Aisle’. My ears are bleeding & I like it!

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Violent Soho - 'In The Aisle'

Kick ass! Violent Soho have dropped ‘In The Aisle’, the first single from their forthcoming ‘Hungry Ghost’ LP.

Buy ‘In the Aisle’ on iTunes right here, right now

‘Hungry Ghost’ will be out September 6th through I OH YOU & you can pre-order it via www.violentsoho.com

My ears are bleeding & I like it! Enjoy! 🙂
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Splendour In The Grass 2013 line-up announced!

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Splendour In The Grass 2013

Splendour In The Grass announce killer 2013 line-up with a kick-ass vid!

Presented by Village Sounds and Secret Service, Splendour In The Grass 2013 is:

Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, The National, TV on the Radio, Empire of the Sun, Of Monsters & Men, Klaxons, Bernard Fanning, The Presets, Babyshambles, Flume, Passion Pit, Architecture in Helsinki, Birds of Tokyo, James Blake, Matt Corby, Drapht, Laura Marling, Flight Facilities, Polyphonic Spree (Performing Rocky Horror Picture Show), Boy & Bear, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Cold War Kids, The Rubens, Sarah Blasko, Darwin Deez, You Am I (Performing Sound As Ever & Hi-Fi Way), Hermitude, Haim, Airbourne, The Drones, Ms Mr, Gurrumul, Everything Everything, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, Cloud Control,
Portugal. The Man, Daughter, Something For Kate, Wavves, Chet Faker, Snakadaktal, Robert Delong,
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Whitley, Fidlar, Jake Bugg, The Bamboos, Surfer Blood, Deap Vally,
Palma Violets, Alpine, Little Green Cars, Vance Joy, Jagwar Ma, Villagers, Violent Soho, Dune Rats,
PVT, The Jungle Giants, Cub Scouts, Art Of Sleeping, The Growl, Twinsy, The Chemist, Songs, Mitzi,
Alison Wonderland, Yolanda Be Cool, What So Not, Xaphoon Jones, D-Cup, Otologic, Peking Duk
Tyler Touche, Bad Ezzy.

Splendour 2013 has a new home at North Byron Parklands (about 20 minutes from Byron Bay township) and can’t wait to hit the New South Wales north coast for another amazing festival!

Splendour In The Grass 2013
Friday July 26th to Sunday July 28th
Tickets go on-sale Thursday May 2nd

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