Oh and what about that manic week…?

By November 25, 2014 Life

Trying out new glasses

Well I really should sort out the two FEVER radio shows that Im very much behind with due to two sets of flu in October and a two week trip to Jamaica…!!!

But that equals almost 4 hours of music, which is about 10 hours worth of work for me at least, and im not sure where to find those 10 spare hours, but Im working on it…!

Even though I started the week with great optimism, it has turned into another crazy one on the work front (won’t bore you with details but MY GOD!) and if that wasn’t enough, I had 3 mini crisis to deal with today that have left me totally drained.

It’s also my best friend Cata’s birthday this week, which means she will be coming back to visit (yaaaay!) but it also means I want to spend time with her and not work late (which is a conflict of interest in my head and heart).

So that, coupled with another birthday party on Saturday day-time, and Christmas decorating the flat Sunday – I feel like I might be stretching myself a bit thin…

But I keep telling myself it will be alright, so I will try to take it one day at the time and hopefully I will be able to keep my head above water all week!

(Rant over – what you think of the glasses?)

Busy weekend turns in to manic week with no rest in sight!

By November 25, 2014 Event, Life, Music, Orsi recommends

Hello my friends!

Im still recovering from the weekend and pinching myself to make sure that it wasn’t all a dream.

What is wrong with Groovin' 22nd Nov at the Alibi

First off – THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of you who made it down to the Alibi this past Saturday! I still can’t get my head around the fact that so many people showed up!

Jazzman Gerald djing at alibi

Gerald was late (surprise surprise!) but when he showed up, he did so with an entire suitcase (!!) full of records – mainly 45s to be exact .

Orsii djing at alibi

Since me and Dom only had singles with us as well it turned into a 45s ONLY affair and we played all the bangers we possibly could, had a few drinks, quite a few laughs, and we even squeezed in some dancing before it got too crowded on the dancefloor.

So if you didn’t come down, you totally missed out on all the fun and simply HAVE TO COME to the next one – pinky promise me that!

jdanna performing

Sunday evening we went back to Dalston to attend a private performance by the incredibly talented South London artist J’Danna.

If that name sounds familiar it’s because I wrote about her back in 2012 when she performed this Gil Scott-Heron tribute, Winter in America, at Worldwide Awards:

This was her 19th birthday celebration and she kindly gifted us with a fantastic evening that consisted of her showcasing her new material with a live band, including this banger by Julio Bashmore where she provides the lead vocals:

Safe to say I cried at least 3 times because she has blossomed into such a talented young woman :’) And to make it even better, after the show she was presented with a big cake which was made by my friend Candice – what a small world ey!?

 jdanna bday cake

The cake was sooo yummy that I had to lick my napkin clean to get all the frosting off haha. Im not a big cake person overall, so for me to do that is a big deal ;)

Eating some of jdannas bday cakeAll in all it was an amazing weekend – a bit hectic and I was very worried about how the event would go down – but you what? When my head hit the pillow late Sunday night, all I could feel was how thankful I am to be able to work and do what I love, it’s a blessing even though it makes a tough life from time to time.

An exhausting week that isn’t over!

By November 22, 2014 Event, Life, MA Music Industries, Music

Orsii BCU

What a week it’s been…and it’s not even over yet!

Im still recovering from the Jamaican jetlag – or more like desperately trying to adjust to the very dark and grey weather here in the UK.

Was gonna try to be up by 7am every morning this week, maybe go to the gym, and start new good habits now that my holiday is over.

But that lasted two days and on the third day I was so knackered from not being able to fall asleep at night that I overslept with 2 hours!

To add to my tiredness I’ve also been super busy at work, even though I worked extra hours for more than two weeks before my holiday, argh! Not my fault though, we’re just in such a busy period now with new releases and events that I just haven’t been able to catch up with it all.

Me talking at BCU - picture borrowed from @craigfots

Me talking at BCU – picture borrowed from @craigfots

On Thursday I went up to Birmingham to talk to some BA and MA students at BCU.

The perfectionist in me wasn’t happy with my performance, I personally really enjoyed the experience.

Of course, practise makes perfect, so I would love to be able to do more talks like this at universities about the music industries, my work at Jazzman and with the MIC, and about being enterprising. So if you need a guest speaker, drop me a line!

Plus, I got to see the new media campus that I was part of but never attended (sadly!), and I got to meet loads of people that I either haven’t seen for ages or who I finally got to meet IRL for the first time.

Fantastic day overall but extremely tiring! No rest for the wicked I suppose.

I will be DJing tonight at the Alibi as well and it would be great to see some friendly faces. It’s free entry all night so come and say hello if you’re in East London!

Fingers crossed I can have a bit of a lie in tomorrow and recharge my batteries, but for now I better go and select some records to play tonight.

Hopefully catch some of you on the dancefloor later!

EVENT: What is wrong with Groovin’? this Saturday at the Alibi!

By November 18, 2014 Event, Life, Music

Join us this Saturday at the Alibi!

This Saturday I’m DJing alongside Jazzman Gerald and the rest of the Jazzman Records crew at the Alibi in Dalston.

It’s the very first of our new regular club night What is wrong with Groovin’? and it would be great to see you all there!

Doors open at 8pm, it’s FREE ENTRY all night and music will be provided by us from about 9pm until 3am.

You can of course expect the very best of Soul, Funk, Jazz, R’n’B, Latin, Tittyshakers, Ska and much much more, on vinyl ONLY!

Feel free to visit the Facebook events page for more info and to RSVP!

Hope to see you all there and let me know if you have any questions.

Japanese Jazz selected by Jazzman Gerald

By November 18, 2014 Mixes, Orsi recommends

If you know me, then you know that I don’t take my Jazz very lightly ;)

So if you have a spare hour, make sure you listen to this amazing Japanese Jazz mix selected and put together by Jazzman Gerald.

It’s part of our Top 10 blog series (where we share a top 10 of some sort every month) and it might even be the best one yet… Why not have a listen and decide for yourself?