Hello my friends,
I hope you are well and that you have managed to escape the nasty flues that seem to be getting around no matter where you live. Thank you so much for joining the Little Miss Sunshiine party, it has been a great experience and I am very happy to be celebrating 10 shows over at Laid Back.
The thought behind this special edition show was not only to celebrate 10 shows, but also a way for me to say thank you to all of you who have been supporting me and motivating me to continue to do them, and to strive to become better with every episode. I am so thankful and feel so lucky to have such amazing listeners like you guys! And just like you all keep me motivated and inspired, the guests on my show do the same thing.
I want to thank each and every person who took the time out of their busy schedules to be part of this show.
Please find a more detailed introduction to every guest below, and don’t sleep on any of them, they are all truly remarkable people!
Agent J: Manchester based Agent J is the mastermind behind the great website and radio Groovement, a show that is broadcasted on Sundays on Unity Radio, as well as the organised of some wicked parties up in Manchester. Our paths crossed earlier this year, and this guy never seems to stop to amaze me with the quality guests (Daedelus and Gaslampkiller, Paul White, Alex Nut and Illum Sphere , Ras G, Speech Debelle etc), and music that he presents. He has a big heart, wonderful smile, and great taste and passion for music. I was delighted to hear that he decided to join the celebrations by selection an assume track from Kutiman.
Azer: This tall fella is a DJ and Graphic Designer from Gent. He runs his own show here on Laid Back called Plastix (check the schedule for times) and I really wanted to have him on my show because I met him when I was in Brussels for the first time, and I remember walking with Julius in the sunshine as he was telling me Azer’s story. I will not repeat it, but it was for some reason a very special moment for me, and after hearing him spin at the Release Party, as well as hearing his show here on LDBK, seeing him do his video podcasts and reading his activities on twitter, I wanted to introduce him to some of my listeners that might not tune in to his show regularly. So make sure you check out Plastix, and a big shout out to Azer for attending my birthday bash.
Black Classical: If you like good music, especially jazz (like me), then the Black Classical blog is definitely something I would recommend you to check out. Not only do they have some of the most amazing mixes Ive heard musically up there, but, the blog is run by this very sweet person called Greg. Greg was the one who lost his voice and couldn’t record an intro. However, he did pick a song by Horace Silver, from the great LP . And he also gave me the honour of posting a fabulous guest mix of his on my blog that you can download and listen to when you want.
Blast Kid: Blast Kid runs one of my favourite shows here on Laid Back, Pulsations (check the schedule for times). I am very happy to have him on the birthday show because his selections always make me smile. I wish there was more fuss made about his shows because that kid knows his music, and I always end up discovering some new artists or track when I listen to his selections. So I am hoping that you guys will start tuning in to his show too, and hopefully we will see more fuss being made about them in the new year!
Blue Daisy: One of the people I think you should keep a close eye on for 2010 is Blue Daisy, an incredibly talented producer and beat maker from London. I got to know him through common friends on Twitter, and I had the pleasure of seeing one of his sets this past weekend. Safe to say that he completely blew me away, and I feel so honoured to have the exclusive track, Jagos Castle, included in the show. It is people and artists like him that reminds me on a daily basis why I fell in love with music in the first place, and you can tell that his passion and dedication shines through his work.
Dooks: Dooks, or Papa, is another talented producer and beat maker from the LDN. I got to know him this past summer, yet again through Twitter, and had the pleasure to finally meet him two weeks ago. I was very happily surprised by his pick, the Robert Mitchell 3io, since I don’t know many people who like them.
Emilie: Words cannot describe how much I appreciate the love and support you guys show me and just like most of you, Emilie is a listener who has been showing me just that since day one. I bumped into her when I was visiting Brussels for the first time, and her kindness completely blew me away. It is a privilege to have her on the show, not only because she is such a sweet person (with a great taste in music I might add) but also because she makes me smile and her positive comments keep me motivated.
JtotheC: This is my brotha from another mother haha… I know he is known under quite a few names, but for me he is known as JC, an overly talented and unique individual who brightens up the darkest of days with his remarkable persona and positive attitude. I can’t think of JC and not smile. I don’t think I have ever met a person with more energy than this guy. Oh, and if you haven’t checked out his EP, “A Man & His Funk”, I think it is about time you do so!
Julius: What can I say? Without him, there would be no Little Miss Sunshiine. I can’t thank Julius enough for giving me the opportunity to become a part of Laid Back, and for having enough faith in me to let me do my own show. The support and encouragement he has shown me since day one is something that I will always be grateful for. I can’t imagine my life without him, or Laid Back for that matter. So thank you so much for everything Julius, it is safe to say you have changed my life for the better.
Kato: I got to know Kato by pure accident after having attended an event that he allegedly was at as well, and I wasn’t sure if we had met or not, so I decided to contact him. During the process I found out that he was running this great website called Work Ethic. He is a hard worker with a lot of passion for good music and talent, qualities that I personally can relate to a lot, and that was one of the main reasons I asked him to join the party.
Lyrical: Stockholm based emcee, producer, record label manager, lecturer, and many other things, Lyrical is one busy man reppin’ Nothing But Skills, The Rah Rah and of course, the country that I grew up in, Sweden. This guy is another true talent that makes me proud of having a Swedish passport. He is a true inspiration, and I expect many great things from him and his crew in the years to come!
MeLo-X: I had the pleasure of meeting Melo for the first time this summer when he was performing at a Brownswood Bubblers party at Cargo. This Brooklyn based emcee, DJ and producer blew me away with his great live performance. We ended up crashing the Brainfeeder party after his show, and I will never forget running up and down central London trying to find some special headband he was looking for. Safe to say the rest is pretty much history, and the night I met him will always be one of the best nights of 2009 for me.
Nikkintu: If you have picked up the latest issue of the Anattitude Magazine, you might have spotted Nikkintu on the pictures made by the female photographer Texas. I was introduced to her music by her fellow friend and producer, Melo-X. Based in Brooklyn as well, Nikkintu is an artist who’s undeniable style of hiphop is infused with political fervor and a spiritual self -expression. It was a pleasure to have her involved in the show, and I hope you all check out and download her latest EP “History of Dreams”.
Powercut: I bumped into Powercut a couple of years ago when I was visiting some friends in Bristol. We ended up at a club called Timbuk2 and when we got downstairs, I remember being amazed by the great music that was playing. I went up to the DJ booth to see if the guy had a mix CD or anything I could have, and the DJ dropping all the funkiest music I had heard in years just happened to be Powercut. Always bringing the freshest and funkiest sounds where ever he goes, he is also part of the DJ collective, Funk From The Trunk, and they run top quality nights and events in Bristol by the same name.
Throwing Snow: With a BA in Astro Physics and a Masters in Music, Throwing Snow is indeed a very ambitious, passionate and incredibly talented guy. Apart from being an artist, DJ and a producer, he runs the label A Future Without, as well as doing a million other things (sorry, he is involved with so much that I can’t keep track of all his projects!). It was an absolute delight to have him part of the show, especially since he picked a tune from one of my favourite artists from this year, Floating Points.
8Bitch: If I may quote her on this one, 8Bitch is more than a woman. This crazy little Eastern European born chick makes my heart skip a beat and I adore her. She is a DJ, producer, vocalist, writer and … (wait for it!) DJ Hero character! Her talent shines through and I feel very privileged to have such a source of inspiration like her in my life. And let’s be honest, her intro on my show was a classic!
And that was all for now my friends. I hope you enjoyed the show and don’t forget to tune in to LMS #11!
Much love to you all! xxx
Hello my friends!
I hope you are all well this somewhat grey autumn day. If you have had the chance to listen to my latest show from this week, then you will know that I went to Brussels for the first time last weekend and that this episode focuses on Release, the event that I attended and the main reason for my trip over to Belgium. However, I wanted to share my first experience of Brussels with you as well, mainly because I had the pleasure of meeting so many of you! So here it goes…
This Little Miss Sunshiine adventure started with that I overslept (due to too many Duvel’s the night before) and missed my train on Saturday morning, which I admit added a very “special” element of complete panic and stress to the beginning of my trip.
But after managing to sort out a new ticket for free (I lied to the lady behind the counter and told her I was attending a funeral…)
I checked in, boarded the train, and tried to keep all the bubbly & excited feelings inside of me in check. I was sitting on the train, looking out over the green landscape and grey sky, trying to imagine what my trip would be like. Would I get along with Alex, the person I was meant to be staying with? Would Release be successful or would I end up with a bunch of disappointed Belgians? Would people be friendly or would I feel like a complete outsider? Little did I know what great experiences and people I was about to encounter.
As the train was reaching the Brussels Midi station, Grazzhoppa’s “Vous Aller a BX” started playing on my iPod, and all I could do was smile, it was the perfect song for the perfect moment. I got off the train and my heart started racing. Julius was meant to come and pick me up at the station, but I had only met him once for an afternoon here in London in August, so I was a little a bit nervous… As I was walking down the stairs that takes you to the stations exists, I saw him standing at the bottom looking up and smiling. I felt a sudden rush of joy running through my entire body and an extreme urge to run down the stairs, jump him and give him the biggest hug in the world. However, I managed to restrain myself due to the thought of potentially crippling the poor man, so I settled for a hello and kiss on the cheek.
I was in a desperate need of a coffee, so we took the tram to Saint Gilles for some coffee and a catch up. We got to Maison du Peuple, sat down and the first thing I noticed was that people were smoking inside (which was a surprise since it’s not allowed in the UK). We stayed for about 40 minutes, talking about this and the other, and then walked around the corner over to Alex’s place.
Now, I just want to point out that I had never met Alex before, so I was very much looking forward to meeting this very talented young man who had been kind enough to offer me a place to stay despite the very fact that we didn’t really know each other. He was meant to be VJ-ing with Gunter at Release in the evening, and of course, they were not done with the visuals. Alex seemed a bit stressed out, which was understandable, and I told him not to worry as I’d happily spend the afternoon with Julius. So I left my bag and headed out on the streets of Brussels with my wonderful guide.
Im going to be honest with you, I can’t remember the names of any of places I saw… (Sorry Julius!) But it was a pleasant mix of nice areas and some parts that were a bit rough around the edges. I saw the peeing little boy, and I even managed to catch some kind of parade with traditional Belgian folk music and people dressed up like giants, spinning around on the street. (I’d like to pretend it was my welcoming party).
After a lot of walking and another coffee, it was time to head over to the Beursschouwburg to check out the preparations for the evening’s big event and also to pick up keys from Alex so I could go home and have a well deserved shower before the party. We got to the venue and I had the chance to quickly say hello to Bart from Onda Sonora, as well as having the pleasure of being introduced to LuiGi & Eric P from Infinitskills and wHo? (the very talented artist that has made some very cool editions of the Laid Back logo). Me and Julius ended up hanging out there for a little while before heading off home again to prepare ourselves for the exciting night ahead. After a shower and a huge dinner that pretty much put me in a food coma, we were finally ready to get our groove on and made our way back to the venue.
We arrived at the Beursschouwburg and there were already quite a few people inside. DJ Azer had started playing and we were cruising around the room trying to spot people we knew. First person I bumped into was Lefto, who I hadn’t seen since his visit in London this summer. He seemed a bit tired from the night before, but his spirits were still high and I was very happy to see him again. After meeting Lefto, everything seemed to be happening rather quickly, and I felt like I was attending a big family reunion. Lots of people were coming up saying hello and I was a bit overwhelmed with how friendly and open everybody was. Julius seemed to know most people there, and he was introducing me to all kinds of lovely people, who to my big surprise, had heard my show and apparently really liked it.
i-Sa kicked off the live performance part of the evening and never having heard of them before, I was very pleasantly surprised by the sounds I was hearing. When they finished, it was Infinitskills turn to take the stage and by that time, the venue was packed and filled with a great atmosphere. They started their show, and the only word that springs to mind in order to describe it is WOW. I had heard a couple of tracks from them before that I liked, but I also knew it was their first ever live performance, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But in my personal opinion, they absolutely SMASHED IT. Their music, the performance, and accompanying visuals were the perfect combination. I remember standing in front of the stage, dancing away in my own little world, thinking “Damn! These guys are fantastic, why have they never performed London!?”.
After a way too short set, Infinitskills handed over the stage to the one and only, JToTheC. He was the one I had been looking forward to the most all night, and words cannot describe the excitement I was feeling. bHe and his crew took the stage and literally blew us all away. JC has one of the most dynamic personalities I have ever come across in my entire life, and his stage presence and persona is incredible! You simply can’t take your eyes off him because you’re afraid you will miss something. They were very tight considering it was their first show and extremely entertaining, not to mention that the music was good as well. Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves, dancing, laughing and joining in with the madness that was happening up on stage. I loved the idea behind the visual concept they had, having people sending in their own videos, and editing it to go with the songs. It gave the entire performance that little extra, and it felt very fresh. I know how much Alex and Gunter had been working on the visuals, so big ups for pulling it off!
I won’t deny the fact that it became slightly messier after JToTheC’s show since the Belgian beer finally started to have its effect. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed Dyno dropping the somewhat unexpected dubstep, it made me feel right at home (I am a sucker for a bit dirty dubstep).
All in all, Release was one of the best nights of my life, and I am still a bit overwhelmed by it all. It had pretty much everything: amazing music, great art and visuals, an enjoyable atmosphere and lovely people. I think the normal beer ran out at some point during the evening for a short while and there was even a queue to get in. Now if that isn’t a sign of a successful night then I don’t know what is… Much respect to all parties involved who made Release happen, you did an incredible job!
Sunday didn’t start until around 13:30 in the afternoon, but then again, we did go to sleep around 07.30, so the rest was well needed. After a quick shower, I found out that I was going to be kidnapped and taken to an exhibition by the two lovely girls, Shaerin and Vanessa, who I had met at the party the night before. But I couldn’t possibly be kidnapped on an empty stomach, so Alex decided to take me to a lovely traditional little Belgian bar around the corner from his flat. We had some nice lunch and managed to finish our second cup of coffee before the girls showed up to pick me up. Me and the girls rushed off and whilst sitting in the back seat of Shaerin’s car (who by the way was playing some wicked music!) I realised that I kind of miss having friends like them here in London, girls who are into the same type of things as myself. Nevertheless, the exhibition they took me to was really interesting, but unfortunately I had to be back at the flat by 18:00, so we quickly had to made our way back to Alex’s place, where we said our goodbye’s.
Back at the flat I started preparing my new Little Miss Sunshiine show whilst listening to the premier of Gav’s new show here on Laid Back. However, after some technical difficulties, I decided it was best to leave it for later, and we took a break so Alex could show me his amazing art. Before we even realised it, the time had come to have some dinner. We had decided to meet up with Julius for a last meal, and made our way to the restaurant. When we got there, the restaurant turned out to be closed, so we started walking towards Julius place, in hope that there would be a restaurant open near his place. A 30 – 40 minute walk and 6 closed restaurants later, we ended up at a little Italian pizzeria. We ordered food and wine, and I remember sitting by the table looking at the boys, and feeling slightly sad that I would be leaving them in the morning. After having filled our bellies with pizza, we started walking home again, and a couple of blocks down the road, Julius had to go his separate way so the time had come to say goodbye. I really felt like a little stone had been dropped inside my heart and all of a sudden it felt 100 times heavier. But I told myself that it wasn’t a real “Goodbye” and more like a “See you later” in order to stop crying. We parted, and me and Alex carried on walking.
When we got back to the flat, the food coma had once again kicked in. We decided to have another glass of wine together before heading off to bed, and when I had finished my glass, I could hardly keep my eyes open. So I said goodnight and went to sleep. I woke up 05.30 the next morning, got dressed and packed my remaining bits and bobs. Alex woke up to let me out, and as we were saying our goodbyes, I could feel how that little stone in my heart was becoming heavier and heavier by every beat. I got outside and it was still dark, people had already started making their ways in to work, and I was having a hard time realising that my journey had almost come to an end. I walked the couple of 100 meters to the metro, and had a quick cigarette in order to try to calm myself down. I took the tram to the Midi Station, arrived just in time to check in, and even managed to buy a coffee and an almond croissant. I got on the train, and as we were leaving Brussels, I was amazed by the fact that I had managed to fall in love with the city in such a short period of time.
As I look back on my trip now, I honestly feel like that weekend was one of the best love stories of my life so far. The way I was welcomed by you all, and the love you showed me, combined with your great company and incredible music, resulted in so many mixed, but heart warming feelings. I wish I could slice my heart up into tiny little pieces and give each and every one of you a small part. So thank you once again, I had such a memorable and fantastic time, and I can’t wait to see you all again. Much love! xxx