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Faith No More release brand new single – ‘Superhero’

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Oh yes! Monday blues be gone!

I can’t tell what I’m more excited about… this new single or Faith No More‘s first new album in 18¬†years!!!!!! ūüėÄ #result

DW

The Secret to Happiness – Hot & Delicious catch-up with Smiling Mind app

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Interview #11 ‚ÄstSmiling Mind app (tech/innovation)

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome back to¬†‚ÄėHot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet for 2015‚Äô.¬†Last year, as existing fans will know, we caught up with Aussie comedian & TV presenter¬†Will Anderson,¬†kick-ass¬†Aussie indie rockers The Griswolds, Regan Lethbridge from awesome Melbourne-based band Bonjah,¬†fashion blogger Winston & Willow¬†and so many more wonderful people.

I must apologise profusely for taking a longer break over the Christmas period than planned Рbut the 2nd half of 2014 saw me working 60-80 weeks, I must admit I was just exhausted and didn’t want to come back until I could dedicate my time and energy 100% to this new project that I love so much.

2015 is going to be a super year for the podcast, where we take things to another level Рcoming up over the next few months are interviews with social entrepreneur and founder of Thank You Group, Daniel Flynn, the enigmatic Carlo Santone and Natalie Rize of world-renown Aussie urban roots band Blue King Brown, a whole swag of Australian and international comedians as the buzz of Melbourne International Comedy Festival hits Australia and so much more. I am pumped!

I love this podcast episode. It‚Äôs 5:45am and I can‚Äôt sleep as I‚Äôm still buzzing and¬†inspired by last night‚Äôs chat with the team at Smiling Mind meditation app. One of the main reasons I started ‘Hot & Delicious:¬†Rocks The Planet’ is to chat with people who are doing what they love and who inspire me. In today‚Äôs podcast I get to hang out¬†with Lucy Richards and Georgie Reed, two of the first people involved in the launch of Smiling Mind app.

Launched in Australia a few years ago, Smiling Mind now has over 500K users from aged 7¬†to young adults, business people like myself and even people my parents’ age. Smiling Mind’s 500,000+ users are living all over the globe¬†and the app was recently featured in the New York Times.

I am not exaggerating when I say that meditation and Smiling Mind have changed my life. I first came across the app about a year and a half ago when I was chatting with Georgie’s partner, Rob, at a work lunch. He was singing the praises on how using this app on a daily basis had brought a certain calm and balance to his insanely hectic life as part of the Carlton Dry brand team at Carlton & United Breweries. He told me how his partner Georgie had left her job at a media agency to join this start-up called Smiling Mind.

Now I‚Äôve had people speak with¬†me about meditation and mindfulness a little previously, including one of my friends, the wonderful¬†Narissa Doumani, who in fact launches her book in a month ‘A Spacious Life – Memoir of a Meditator‚Äô¬†(and we‚Äôll be dropping an episode with her in a few weeks), but for me and I‚Äôm sure most people who now have meditation and mindfulness as a part of their life,¬†to start meditating you‚Äôve got to be in a place when you‚Äôre desperate to try anything to get some peace, calm in your life or just be curious enough to try.¬†

For me it was the former. I‚Äôm not exaggerating or boasting when I say that I‚Äôve done so many cool things in my life – I‚Äôve lived in 4 different countries in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East,¬†put a 900 square metre ice-rink on the sands of Bondi Beach (the first of it‚Äôs kind anywhere in the world), created a role as the music supervisor of a snowboard¬†show called Ballistyx Snowboard Show on Channel GO!, run music festivals & events around Australia, worked as a music festival photographer & run social media for a music festival, traveled the world for 6.5 years as an international flight¬†attendant with Emirates Airline, the list goes on‚Ķ but my whole life I always felt I was either running towards or running away from something (to steal a phrase coined by¬†one of my fave podcasters). For the past 20 years of my life, I have had an¬†unquenchable¬†thirst for success and a happiness that I’ve never quite found. I have all these amazing things I‚Äôve done/going on in my life and yet a year and a half ago I felt stressed out, always seemed to have that tightness of anxiety or dread in my chest and I was miserable‚Ķ something had to change.¬†

Now those of you who know me know that I don‚Äôt believe in God, but what I can say is that I am very spiritual. I used to think that exercise was all I needed to feel good, but even that wasn‚Äôt enough and not quite the tonic I was after. I‚Äôve spent my life life wishing I was somewhere else‚Ķ a little bit further down the path to my success‚Ķ in 6 months I‚Äôll achieve this goal and I‚Äôll be happy, in 12 months I‚Äôll be making this much money and I‚Äôll be happy‚Ķ. no‚Ķ quite simply no. This podcast, in parts, may sound a little like we‚Äôre trying to sell Smiling Mind¬†and to be honest, it‚Äôs almost impossible not to – each of the 3 of us are already sold on its¬†virtues and the impact it‚Äôs made on our own lives. My whole life, I‚Äôve gone my own way not wanting to conform or be dictated by society‚Äôs viewpoint on how I should live my life, the black sheep if you will‚Ķ and yet with this… it just fits.¬†

I am still as ambitious as ever, yet for the first time in my life I am living each and moment in the now. I walk down the street and unplug my headphones just to observe the people around me, to hear the birds singing and simply soak up the sounds of the city. When I’m out with friends for dinner, invariably people will be having a phone party at the table, shooting this foodporn for Instagram or checking-in at that place on Facebook. My phone pretty much always stays in my pocket these days. The only place I want to be now is here Рin the moment. Mediation and the Smiling Mind app have helped me achieve a certain mindfulness. Now I crave, soak up and appreciate each moment I’m in and so that any time I feel like I’m stressed out or angry, it’s the key tool I utilize that pulls me back into check and gets me back in sync.

I’m going to step-off now and let you get into it. The first 1-2 minutes is a little disjointed as we were having some tech issues with the mics, then we chat about social media for about 6 minutes before kicking into the podcast proper at about 8 minutes, but make sure you listen to it all as there is some gold in there for any of you who are keen to get some advice on how social media works.

All I can say about Smiling Mind and this episode, is that if you‚Äôve ever wanted ongoing peace and happiness in your life, you are actually really fucking close… I use this app and meditation in general about 5 times a week and the impact it‚Äôs made on my life is that big that it‚Äôs almost intangible. I wasn‚Äôt a cynic previously, but I just didn‚Äôt feel like it was for me, but after¬†setting myself the goal of starting with¬†4-5 sessions in 5 days I can honestly say that meditation and mindfulness will be a part of my life forever and I won‚Äôt look back, so thank you Smiling Mind.

Ever wanted to know the secret to happiness? Download our interview with the people at Smiling Mind meditation app. It’s changed my life.

Enjoy

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Aussie comedian Wil Anderson stops by Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet - castle in the sky
Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet – castle in the sky

‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ podcast series

Interview #10 ‚ÄstWil Anderson (comedian)

This is fuckin’ epic! The irony of me working in social media for a living and building a career in the digital world is that nowadays I’m not a believer of idolizing celebrities¬†– gushing ’cause you got a photo with this person or shook the hand of that person… I actually don’t give a shit who anyone is or what they’re famous for, for me it’s all about experiences and creating a connection¬†with people.

Having said that, I’m sitting here in my castle in the sky on a beautiful sunny Melbourne day having just completed a 1.5 hour podcast chat with¬†Australian stand-up comedian, TV presenter, podcaster and¬†international jet-setter,¬†Wil Anderson, and I can honestly say I’m a little bit fuckin’ stoked.¬†

I’ve been enjoying Wil Anderson’s comedy and worldly insights¬†since the early 2000s when he¬†was the host of the hilarious Australian TV show on the¬†ABC called The Glasshouse and presenter on Australia’s national youth radio station triple j.

Wil Anderson‘s live stand-up shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival¬†are one of the first that shows that I lock in to see every year ’cause like myself he has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge that he weaves in¬†with current events and these worldly insights¬†to make him¬†a wonderful story-teller and an interesting person to hang out with.

Now Wil and I have been chatting via Twitter/email for about 4-5 years and I originally hit him up a few years back¬†about getting involved in a series of federally and state government backed international music showcases called The Aussie BBQ,¬†which are¬†designed to export Australian music to the USA, UK and other global markets and I love it that someone who’s career I’ve enjoyed watching evolve¬†has¬†also made an impact on my own now too. Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen’s podcast ‘TOFOP’¬†was one of the¬†first podcasts that I ever listened to¬†and that podcast, along with Greg Behrendt¬†&¬†Dave Anthony‘s ‘Walking The Room’¬†(RIP ūüė¶ ),¬†Dave Anthony and Gary Reynolds The Dollop’¬†(ha ha… sorry Gareth, I had to buddy! :D),¬†Jay Mohr’s ‘Mohr Stories’¬†and Kevin Smith‘s Smodcast world were¬†the fuel for my imagination that helped¬†bring the¬†‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ podcast to life. This podcast series is also now a key element of¬†my ultimate goal of being able to work from anywhere around the world with a¬†laptop and WiFi connection – hence the name¬†Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet – tying in my photography, music &¬†entertainment¬†industry contacts, the podcast, blog and¬†experience guiding global brands in how and where to play in social media,

What both¬†first time listeners and regular subscribers won’t know is that the¬†Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet¬†project¬†was originally inspired by¬†Yahoo‚Äôs¬†first ever journalist,¬†Kevin Sites, a American TV war correspondent who left the likes of¬†ABC/CNN/NBC¬†to travel around the globe covering 20 different war zones over the space of 365 days with a mixture of video, still photography and writing in a project called¬†‚ÄúIn The Hot Zone‚ÄĚ. Great read. You should check it out.

Anyway, this was a super chilled chat and we barely even touched the list of questions that I usually use as the framework for the ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’ podcast. Like all good conversations it flows and it’s all about the tangents. ‘Cause that’s where the gold comes in…

Enjoy! 

DW

Listen here:¬†Wil Anderson on’Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’

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Kickin’ it with LFRESH THE LION… Australia’s latest hip hop sensation

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Interview #9 ‚ÄstL-Fresh The Lion (Hiop Hop artist)

L Fresh The Lion has some sweet, sweet jams that have sparked the imagination of a nation getting some serious airplay of late and this is a guy who’s toured nationally with a whole swag of hip hop legends including the likes Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Nas, Dead Prez and many more. Catching up and hanging out with him at my West Melbourne sound cave in the sky was an experience. Just beautiful.

A few¬†of the things that I’ve spent some time thinking about in the lead-up to this interview and since, is that I‚Äôve been fortunate enough in my life to have traveled to 6 out of 7 of our planet‚Äôs continents, I‚Äôve lived in 4 different countries thus far, studied 5 different languages, worked with and managed people from over a 100 different nationalities¬†and a range of ¬†cultures, but I, like all of us, still feel like I have so much to learn about my fellow man which is one of the big reasons why I created¬†this podcast.

This interview with L Fresh The Lion was amazing and reaffirming… he‚Äôs beautifully humble, chilled, strong within himself‚Ķ. and afterwards I just felt relaxed and that the world made more sense. Here‚Äôs a guy that many in our global community would say from external appearances is quite different to me.¬†He‚Äôs a Sikh, I don‚Äôt believe in god, I love the beers something chronic, he doesn‚Äôt drink, we both meditate, we both love, we both hurt, we‚Äôre both working hard to live a life doing what we love, ambitious and yet still living in the moment. Which to me actually makes us more the same ūüôā

What I see almost every day and what many of us fail to stop, recognize¬†and appreciate is that essentially as a species we‚Äôre all the same in so many ways. Our fear of those different to us and of the¬†unknown is where¬†prejudice is born, but once we take the time to look beyond colour, race, creed and actually get to know our fellow man the world is a different place, so I decided to¬†share¬†with you an excerpt from L Fresh The Lion‚Äôs YouTube blurb for the song he dropped earlier¬†this year ‚ÄėSurvive‚Äô.

This short passage taught me something new this week about L Fresh, his cultural background and a proportion of the Indian people living in our Australian community called Sikhs, a people and belief system that I can honestly say in my 38 years thus far I haven’t taken the time to learn more about until now.

“The Sikhs constitute about 14% of all people of Indian origin who have migrated to Australia (this figure is remarkable when it is considered that Sikhs only constitute about 2.5% of the total population in India)

Sikhs originated in the land of Punjab (which means the Land of Five Rivers). This land (Punjab) has been devided numerous times and currently is in the form of a number of states – Punjab (India), Punjab (Pakistan), Haryana (India), Himachal Pardesh (India) and Chandigarh (India).

These divisions of Punjab, caused due to socio-poliltical uncetainities and injustices to the Sikhs, forced them to move out of their home land, first to other parts of India and then to the neighbouring countries as well as across the continents.”

L Fresh and I¬†both recognize and embrace our differences. And that for me that‚Äôs what it‚Äôs all about,¬†‚Äėcause despite a few differences, before meeting him in person, during and afterwards I feel & felt connected to this dude – a kindred spirit if you will.

In the course of this ‘Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet‚Äô podcast interview, we chat we about life-changing trips to the northern India, the land of his forefathers, where the name L Fresh The Lion was born, his inspiration, influencers,¬†the most unexpected experiences in hidden temples in¬†Punjab and much, much more.

Hope you enjoy our little chat as much as I did ūüôā¬†

Free Download: L Fresh The Lion on’Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet’

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Pt Roadknight, Australia… beautiful – Photographic tales of an ex-Emirates flight attendant

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Hot & Delicious Rocks: The Planet!¬†‚Äď Photographic travel diary series.

Pt Roadknight, Australia. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

First day off in 2 weeks… time to escape ūüôā

Work’s been insane for months, so that coupled with my new podcast & creating this travel photography series in my “downtime” = close to burnout, so last weekend I jumped in the car and hit the road.

Cruised down the Great Ocean Road with one of my buddies who’s just moved here from Brisbane via Sydney. Bodysurfing in Jan Jac, drive from Torquay to Lorne via Bells Beach, cheeky couple of beers at Lorne Pub in the sunshine and then back to Torquay to catch-up with another mate of mine who lives down there for sundowners overlooking the water… perfetto!

The Great Ocean Road is truly one of the most¬†beautiful coastlines in Australia and yes the world. Pt.Roadknight¬†holds a lot of happy childhood and adult memories for me. Until a few years ago, my folks had a small beach shack down here and I’ve spent many hours walking along this little stretch of beach. My old man even broke a mast windsurfing here back in the day ūüôā

Shot this little vid when we pulled over by the side of the road, took a deep breath and soaked it all in.

Beauty is everywhere…

DW

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Stand-up comedian Jimmy James Eaton – Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet

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Interview #7 ‚Äď Jimmy James Eaton¬†–¬†stand-up comedian

Heya! Welcome back to the weekly Hot & Delicious:Rocks The Planet podcast where we interview inspiring individuals from around the world in music, film/tv, fashion, comedy and lots lots more.

Today we catch-up with Australian stand-up comedian and improvisor, Jimmy James Eaton. 

Jimmy & I talk about growing up in Western Australia, the weirdness of watching porn with your mates, burlesque versus the strippers(I still don’t get the point of strippers), being inspired by Eddie Izzard, whether all flight attendants are gay and the selfless, amazing work Jimmy does as a superhero for charity outside of his comedy career… blows my mind.

Listen to our interview with Jimmy James Eaton & subscribe to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast here

Enjoy!

Jimmy James Eaton

 

 

 

 

 

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6 million YouTube views & counting – our chat with Matt Walters

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Interview #5 –¬†Matt Walters – Australian independent singer-songwriter.

Man, I fuckin’ love this chat. Today we’ve got a special treat.. we’re sitting down with Aussie independent musician Matt Walters who’s jams have been seen & heard on YouTube by millions around the world

Matt and I grew up on the same street in Melbourne, Australia and didn’t really know each other that well although our families knew each other. Then some 20+ years later I’m seated next to Matt a concert and we get chatting not knowing who the other was before it all dawned on us. And then I bump into him again two weeks later at iconic Melbourne music venue, Cherry Bar.. I don’t believe in fate, but I do believe in seizing opportunities and so I invited Matt along for this podcast.

Man, when the conversation flows, it flows.. so without further ado… sit back relax and enjoy our interview with independent Australian singer-songwriter Matt Walters.

Listen to our interview with Matt Walters here.

Killer views from podcast central!

Killer views from podcast central

Australian independent singer-songwriter Matt Walters

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New Foo Fighters single drops.. you’re welcome!

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Caro Taylor AKA Fashionista Fail – Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

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Caro Taylor AKA Fashionista Fail joins Dan Wilkinson for Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet:

You had me at hello…¬†Our guest today on the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast is stunning, bubbly and lovely NZ TV Personality, blogger and all around legend, Carolyn Taylor.

Earlier this year Caro launched the Fashionista Fail blog with the goal of giving up her shopaholic tendencies for 1 year and putting every penny saved towards traveling the world.

Over a bottle of bubbly Caro and I chatted about getting paid to eat snails, interviewing Richard Branson,¬†ghost hunting haunted houses… Caro is¬†truly a breath of fresh air and her’s is a life¬†full of rich and interesting stories. ¬†

Enjoy! 

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Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast launches with The Griswolds!

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Boom! Here ’tis!

This past hour on the walk home from work and as I arrive¬†back at my Melbourne apartment¬†to watch the last snatches of sunlight hit the horizon, I take¬†some time out to myself to soak up the excitement of this snapshot in time. I’ve worked on¬†some fuckin’ cool projects¬†in my life, but I’m truly not sure that I have ever felt like this. Exalted, ecstatic… soaring!

This is probably the first time in my life that I’ve ever launched a piece of creative work that is 100% me. Not catering to anyone else’s needs, not trying to impress anyone… just me working hard to produce¬†a work of passion.. open and honest with who and what I am. Me.

I have been planning, dreaming and talking about this podcast¬†for at least¬†5-6 months now and finally I can say that the¬†Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast is live! And I’m pumped that the boys from The Griswolds could join me for the launch!

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Part 1: The Podcast:

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is a weekly podcast where we interview inspiring people and entrepreneurs from around the world across a range of industries including music, film & tv, fashion, comedy, travel and lots lots more for your listening pleasure.

In my time I‚Äôve been fortunate enough to live around the world in the Middle East, Italy, Indonesia and all over this beautiful brown land we called Australia. I‚Äôve studied biochemistry, entrepreneurship & innovation, worked the vampire shift at Crown Casino from Thursday – Sunday, jet-setted the globe¬†living in Dubai for 6.5 years as an Emirates Airline flight attendant and returned to Australia in 2006 with plans to be a rockstar within 6 months.. we can all see how that’s panned out so far ;).

Like all of us¬†in life, I have had my own fair share of personal challenges along the way including¬†3 brain tumours, which have left me deaf in one ear and having to learn¬†how to walk again after the 1st operation, a little facial paralysis after the second, but one of the things that my blessed life, challenging experiences and travels have taught me is a happy balance between living each moment in the now and fueling¬†the fire of my ambition, by doing something each and every day to feel like I’m moving forward.

My passion for music, photography and fascination for psychology has lead me to so many amazing roles and a career in digital/social media, writing my own personal/business blog, weekly photographic travel series and now this podcast. My experiences working with and managing people from over a 100 different countries and a diverse range of cultures constantly leave me perplexed at how supposedly one of the most “advanced species on the planet” is still so primitive. Every day all around me (including close family and friends) I see people complaining about the most inane shit and we as a species constantly demonstrate our capacity for a lack of understanding or empathy for our fellow man.

Ironically given my chosen¬†career path, I loathe the¬†whole idol culture that our species seem to subsist on, which is part of why I decided to create¬†the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast. The premise of the podcast is to tap into the energy and tales¬†of successful, but humble people to¬†demonstrate for anyone who¬†has ever harboured¬†a burning fire inside them for¬†success, that anything’s possible and break down this fallacy of “us and them”. Presidents, movie stars,¬†rockstars.. we’re all judgemental, human and flesh & blood. One day each of us will¬†be dust in the ground same as¬†everyone else, so we should truly¬†never be afraid to take the plunge… there is no fear that should cripple you, as we all start from scratch and¬†there’s nothing worse than feeling that¬†you should have given it a go. There is no time to start like now.

The Griswolds rock The Corner Hotel. "BE IMPRESSIVE" Album Tour. Photo Credit: Dan Wilkinson https://hotndelicious.wordpress.com/

Part II: Podcast #1 – The Griswolds:

Today we catch-up Aussie indie rock band, The Griswolds. I’ve known the boys for a few years now and apart from wicked tunes, what’s struck me about The Griswolds is that they’re just 4 dudes with amazing energy who love life, the banter and who still manage to remain humble and true to who they are as people, despite rising international success signed to an American label slash and spending 9 out of the past 12 months on tour in the USA.

How we met is a bit of a longer tale, but a massive part of the past 8 years of my life has been working in the Australian music industry. Since 2006, I’ve been part of running¬†music festivals & events around Australia, put a 900 square metre ice-rink on the sands of Bondi Beach, managed artists/bands, created a role as music supervisor on Ballistyx Snowboard Show on Channel GO!, shot photography for triple j, shot photography/written for Broadsheet and the list goes on.

Working in the music industry is fuckin’ amazing! For me, my foray started¬†with my return to Australia with dreams of cities paved with gold and entertaining¬†packed stadiums with people singing along to songs that I¬†wrote (that hasn’t dulled :D), but the harsh reality is that within Australia the majority of artists don’t draw large crowds/make the Benjamins and generally survive on passion and juggling what little $$$ we do have coming in. The tight-knit Australian music community is made up of amazing individuals that bandy together to¬†keep the independent Australian music scene churning.

And that, my friends, is how I met a few of the boys from The Griswolds…¬†in 2011 I worked at Splendour In The Grass (Woodford) and then again in 2012¬†at Byron Byron and became buddies with a¬†dude called¬†Andy B, also working at the festival, who plays keys for Brisbane-based party dance crew The Belligerents.

I’d come across The Griswolds¬†tunes through triple j unearthed¬†and had initiated banter with the lads via the social medias, so when it turned out The Belligerents and The Griswolds lads were sharing a bill at The Workers Club in Melbourne one night, I decided to cruise¬†down, sink a few beers, shoot a few pics and catch-up with the lads. We didn’t really hang out that night and I wouldn’t say that we really knew each other, but having worked with and around people for many years, I’m a person that survives and thrives on instinct. Give me 5 minutes with someone and I’ll quickly gauge who I think they are and what drives them; I love a dad joke, good people and the banter, and man, these boys have that in spades, so when I found out they were back in Melbourne this month to kick-off their debut album“Be Impressive”,¬†I jumped at the opportunity to interview them for the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast and return the favour in kind by shooting a shitloads¬†of cool pics for them and use the opportunity to plug The Griswolds¬†–¬†“Be Impressive”¬†national Australian album launch tour, presented by triple j, the Harbour Agency and Chugg Entertainment.

The Mile Guy Club, LA studio shenanigans¬†recording a dream debut with producer Tony Hoffa, drowning as kids,jack-hammering concrete for a living, aeroplane mazz-es.. it’s all here ūüėĬ†Truly a pleasure hanging out these lovely, talented guys who are working their arses off in the pursuit of their dreams.

Thanks for listening and joining us for what’s become a life-changing experience for me.

I hope you enjoy this podcast series as much as I love creating it for you.

Listen to Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet with The Griswolds here.

Special thanks go out to Alister Robbie of The Post Project¬†production company. Your friendship over the past 4 years has been one of my favourites. I love how we’ve both been each other’s sounding board and shared the excitement, frustration and struggles of¬†building what we have right now at this point in time.¬†The effort you’ve made to help me bring this project to life just warms my heart. Shout-outs to Al’s wife Krystal Gregory who has now joined Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet as show producer¬†and I’m excited about working on some magic together (keep it clean peeps, this is one of my best mates’ wife we’re talkin’ about here ūüėÄ ). To Wil Anderson (TOFOP), Dave Anthony (Walking The Room, The Dollop) and Greg Behrendt (Walking The Room) – thank you all. Your podcasts were amongst my first to download, are still my top 3 favourites and you three all have been a significant source of inspiration that you can either claim or ignore depending on how this goes :p. Much love to my sis and all my closest friends who have always been there for me, especially those who have stepped up in the darkest moments. Last, but not least much love to my folks who are both the most amazing &¬†resilient people I know. Thank you for your unconditional love, always believing in me (even when you disagreed ūüėČ ) and putting up with all my bullshit over the years. I’m so proud that you’re each other’s best friend and still together. You are both such a massive part of who I am today. I love you.

The Griswolds¬†–¬†“BE IMPRESSIVE”¬†Australian¬†Tour Dates:

The Griswolds "BE IMPRESSIVE" Australia album tour launch

 

Listen to¬†The Griswolds¬†debut album “BE IMPRESSIVE”¬†and follow¬†them¬†on social media here

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis ‚Äď Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis ‚Äď Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

 

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