FEVER #3

By September 22, 2014 Music, Orsi recommends, Radio

Third episode of FEVER is now available to listen back to!

The perfect soundtrack to start your week on a good note :)

I need to reboot my system!

By September 12, 2014 Fitness, Food, Life

Orsii outside St Davids

I’m not sure how we ended up in the middle of September (feels like summer was just getting started!) but I can honestly say that the last 6 weeks have taken their toll on my health.

As some of you know, I gave up running after the marathon due to my knee issues and decided to focus more on strength training by going more frequently to the gym.

The first 6 weeks were great and after introducing “Junk Free July” at home, both me and my training partner Cata were progressing nicely and seeing instant results.

Then my birthday happened in the beginning of August, followed by a 10 day trip to Sweden, that was then followed by a visit from my mum, my graduation and various trips around the UK.

Despite being pretty good at keeping up my gym routine throughout it all (going about 3 times/week) I feel like I let the diet/food side of things slip by drinking more alcohol than I should, as well as consuming a bit more “treats” than I normally do.

I guess for a “normal” person this wouldn’t necessarily be an issue, but due to my stomach issues and not having done my “twice a year” detox in June/July (since Im not allowed to exercise when I do it and I didn’t want to give up going to the gym) I am now in a position where I feel incredibly shit.

After my stomach treatment that I underwent for over a year, if I eat healthy and balanced food (within my “tolerated diet”), exercise 3-4 times a week and only drink on the weekends, I don’t have much issues with my stomach these days.

However, indulging a little bit more than usual in the last 6 weeks (for being me – I wouldn’t say I have been massively unhealthy!) has had a profound impact on me and my health – much bigger than I thought it would!

I cheated on Wednesday morning this week by having a slice of tomato and a slice of ham (which Im allergic to but for some reason I couldn’t bloody resist it – overall I only slip up about 2-3 times a year!) and it is now Friday evening and Im still severely bloated and in incredible pain (and I have been more or less constantly!).

It is crazy to think that this constant pain and bloated stomach used to be my everyday life for so many many years… At least now I have proper tools to deal with it, which means I need to totally reboot my system!

To be able to do this I have

  • ordered my 7 day detox stuff (which is bloody expensive!)
  • set up a new training routine with Cata that we will stick to until I go on holiday end of October
  • ordered some hormone free protein powder so I can up my protein intake (which Im hoping will result in eating less carbs and gaining a bit more muscle!)
  • and this weekend I am going to try to put together some meal plans for the next 6 weeks by going through various fitness and paleo recipe blogs.

Fingers crossed that it will work because I don’t think I can go back living like this – just makes me feel depressed that I am so bloated and in so much pain all the time, not fun to be around at all!

Jazzman Records take over the DO!! YOU!! Breakfast show on NTS!

By September 11, 2014 Music, Orsi recommends, Radio

The day before my graduation I had the pleasure of covering for Charlie Bones on the DO!! YOU!! Breakfast show on NTS.

This resulted in three hours of Jazzman Records music only – the perfect introduction to anybody who might be interested on the label and what sort of music we release.

The first hour covers some spiritual jazz and holy grail albums that we have released, the second hour features classic Jazzman 45s ONLY and the third hour is mainly dedicated to releases on our various sister labels.

Have a listen and let me know what you think!

I’m officially a Master in Music Industries

By September 8, 2014 Life, MA Music Industries

Orsii in graduation gown

My friends, last week it finally happened! 20 days away from my 9 year anniversary in the UK I was awarded an MA Degree with distinction in Music Industries!

Orsii Graduation Selfie

I’m gonna be honest, not having been to my BA graduation, I didn’t even give the event much thought! I just assumed it would be like any other day but with me wearing a funny outfit for a few hours. But I was so wrong!

Orsii on stage graduation

Sitting in that big symphony hall and seeing all the people in different robes up on stage made me realise what an incredible achievement it actually was!

Orsii Thumbs Up! Graduation

I don’t big myself up very often, but DAMN! I am so proud of myself and genuinely impressed with the hard work and dedication that I invested over three years (whilst working full time) so I could get this MA degree.

I’ve never really seen myself as a “smart person”, so I can honestly say that I exceeded my wildest dreams and expectations with it all, and it came as a very happy surprise that I was awarded a distinction, because I wasn’t expecting it!

Mum & Orsii Graduation

I can’t thank my professors and lecturers enough for encouraging me and believing in me when my low self-esteem got the better of me!

Especially Dubber and Professor Wall – who right from the beginning saw something in me that I’m only really starting to discover now.

Sam & Orsii Graduation

I did this degree not because I thought it would result in a better job or more money, but because I am genuinely interested and passionate about my field of work.

And I can’t even begin to describe how proud and happy it makes me feel that for once in my life, I feel like I have contributed something of substance (even if it’s very small in the grand scheme of things) to that field and found a place where I feel that I belong.

So what you reckon? A PhD next…? ;)

Jazzman Records radio show with Francis Gooding

By September 5, 2014 Music, Orsi recommends, Radio

We ended up having two radio shows in August and since Gerald was on holiday for the second, I had the pleasure of being joined by our friend and collaborator Francis Gooding.

Francis writes most of the liner notes that you find as part of our holy grail and spiritual jazz series.

In this show I talk to him about his work for Jazzman and other labels such as Strut, as well as his passion for music – especially South African music.

He also shares with us a great selection of rare and obscure South African records, plus an exclusive listen to one of his upcoming projects on Jazzman.

Have a listen below!