DJ Fuzzy’s Oprah Tour Mixtape x Thump x VICE

I made a mixtape of the ‘An Evening Oprah’ Tour.

Thank you Thump for saying it’s “banger after banger.”

You can find the mix here.

And here’s the full interview with Thump’s Editor, Issy Beech.

What was it like DJing for Oprah?

More than my dreams come true.

From being glued to the tele, watching Oprah as a kid, then to fast forward fifteen years later and see Oprah in the flesh, dancing and twirling and asking for the volume to be turned up on choice cuts had me saying to myself, “Is this for real?! Is this really happening right now?! Cause I’m about to lose my marbles. Scream joy on the inside, Fo-Fo.”

Then to play a broad range of party songs and anthems to thousands of joyous Oprah fans while also giving Oprah the best possible lead-in – it was so humbling and such a privilege.

What is she like in person?

Graceful and full of love. When you’re in her orbit she gives you her full attention. And she gives the best cuddles.

Did you get an idea of her favourite song or genre or anything?

Personally, based on the time Oprah was born and the guests she’s had on the show, I knew Oprah particularly liked Motown.

I researched Oprah and found out that Paul Simon’s Graceland is one of her favourite albums.

Oprah loves Adele’s 25, particularly the song, “Send My Love To Your New Lover” so that got played in every city.

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Higher Ground” are songs that Oprah personally chose for the show. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was played right before Oprah hit the stage.

And Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” was Oprah’s entrance song. It’s what Oprah is all about. “Going to keep on trying, until I reach my highest ground.”

And what are her fan base or VIP fans like?

Put up to 15,000 people, dressed to the nines in an arena anticipating seeing Oprah for the first time – or for some, the 7th or 17th time – the excitement is palpable.

Her VIP session was with fans who came in early to have a personal Q&A, take photos with her and sit up close to the stage for the show. They reminded me of how influential she’s been over decades – some of the fans opened up to Oprah to thank her for helping them overcome enormous personal struggles. It got emotional.

One cool moment – a man proposed to his girlfriend at the end of the Auckland show.

Big love to Issy at Thump, Josh at Vice, the Harpo Famly, Dainty Group, IMC, P-Money for his NZ intel, Nina Las Vegas for her ableton hot tip, KLP for her sister “rising tide” vibes and Caro Meldrum-Hanna for her awesomeness and filming the Oprah party in Sydney.

KANYE WEST’S YEEZUS TOUR POP UP STORE, LA (IMAGE GALLERY)

“React how you want. Any energy you got is good energy. You know, the Confederate flag represented slavery. That’s my abstract take on what I know about it.

So I made the song “New Slaves.” So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now, now whatchu gonna do?” – Kanye West

Here’s a photo gallery of Kanye’s Yeezus Tour Pop Up Store and Gallery that stood on Melrose, Los Angeles.

Jaye and I out front of the Yeezus Tour store and gallery. 8422 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles
Jaye and I out front of the Yeezus Tour store and gallery. 8422 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles
8422 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles
8422 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles
A bold move. Kanye's Re-Appropriation of the Confederate's Flag. Also appears on bags and hats on Yeezus merchandise
A bold move. Kanye’s Re-Appropriation of the Confederate’s Flag. Also appears on bags and hats on Yeezus merchandise
Merch featuring Art by Wes Lang. Inspired by '80s-era heavy metal band tees.
Merch featuring Art by Wes Lang. Inspired by ’80s-era heavy metal band tees.
Bradley Soileau, known notably for his work with LA street wear brand "fear of god la". He is also in Lana Del Rey's video "Born to Die"
Bradley Soileau, known notably for his work with LA street wear brand “fear of god la”. He is also in Lana Del Rey’s video “Born to Die”
More work by Wes Lang
More work by Wes Lang

Images: Jaye Johnson and Faustina Agolley

 

NO LIGHTS NO LYCRA: THE DANCE REVOLUTION

You have not lived if you haven’t experienced No Lights No Lycra.

A big call, I know but NLNL is something out of my childhood; me dancing uninhibited around my bedroom to my favourite tapes and CDs, brought to my adult life. Lights are turned off in a public venue, everyone is welcome (for $5) no matter your age, gender, fitness level or dance ability and you wild out for an hour and fifteen minutes.

The brainchild of two Melbourne dance students, friends Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, NLNL has grown to 33 locations worldwide since its humble beginnings in a church hall back in 2009. Completely unpretentious and based on the pure, unadulterated joy of dance, NLNL is a disco with no lights, no judgement and a playlist that runs the gamut of infectious, dance-worthy tunes. 

I first heard about NLNL from my Music Producer and DJ friend, DCUP. Bonded by our pure love of music, I was instantly won over when he told me…”you won’t stop dancing”. With this in mind, I turned up for my first NLNL experience equipped with Kathmandu water backpack, complete with bendy plastic straw over my shoulder so I wouldn’t have to stop even to have a drink – genius, right? And with the no lights rule, I didn’t even have to worry about people judging my brilliant hydration plan.

Actually, the ‘no lights’ philosophy is one of the main reasons I love NLNL. No need to feel like a dag when no-one can see you. It also reinforces the all-inclusive nature that forms the backbone of NLNL.

Unapologetically cheesy, the playlist is designed to help people let go and have fun. When I was there, we danced to everything from Basement Jaxx to Mandy Moore, and Loleatta Holloway to Earth Wind & Fire.

After an hour and half on the dance floor, I have never sweated so much or felt so liberated. I keep thinking- where were you all when I was seven? I guess we were all dancing in our bedrooms alone as kids and NLNL has brought us all together.

Join the NLNL revolution and check out the website for a location near you.

 

(Image source: www.meltingpotonline.com)

FESTIVAL OF IDEAS

The Festival of Ideas kicks off at The University of Melbourne today and runs til Sunday Oct 6.

There’s a load of speakers covering 5 main topics, Environments, Food + Nutrition, Families, Brains + Mind and Democracy. Going to this means mixing it up with Architects, Psychologists, Authors, Journalists, leaders in Health, Sustainability, Music, Artists and Human Rights.

One key event happens is on this Saturday Oct 5 at South Wharf. It’s called NCDFREE. Run by local gents, Dr. Alessandro & Giuseppe Demaio. The event will focus on ways in which we can live longer, happier, healthier lives – free of NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) that means stuff like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, lung disease and mental illness – all the stuff that is largely preventable.

Entry is FREE! There will be talks and Q&A sessions with young health leaders. DJ’s from Northside records will be spinning and there will be delicious food provided by the Banh Mi Boys and Trailer Made.

I went to the NCDFREE event at Harvard University last week, there were speakers as far as Mongolia and Kenya. A great insight into those around the world are passionately dedicating their lives to the wellbeing of others.

Let the mind wander and fire up on brilliant ideas. Go forth and enter awesomeness!

NCDFREE Event, Festival of Ideas:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/8122060301

http://ideas.unimelb.edu.au/

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WEEKEND 39: SPECTACLE THE MUSIC VIDEO EXHIBITION

A must see. Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition launched at Melbourne’s ACMI yesterday.

Spectacle offers over 300 works and takes you through 9 sections covering the early days of music videos (Louie Armstrong, Cab Calloway); early rockstars (Bob Dylan, the Beatles); beautiful cinematic pieces (Massive Attack, Kanye West, The Verve, Woodkid, New Order); Art House (White Stripes, INXS); politically and socially charged videos; choreographically driven clips to an interactive experience with the art work of three of Arcade Fire’s music videos.

A good dose of Michel Gondry (The White Stripes, The Chemical Brothers) and Spike Jonze (Bjork, Fatboy Slim).

On the home front, over 20 clips are featured including The Herd, ACDC, Gotye, Van She, Flight Facilities, INXS and Kris Moyes’ work on Kirin J Callinan’s Way to War and The Preset’s My People.

Spectacle is curated by Jonathan Wells and Meg Grey of Flux, a collective that provides art and film events around the world. Spectacle made its international debut at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Centre in March 2012 and has made its way through Sao Paulo and New York before it’s launch in ACMI.

The even runs through til Sunday 23rd February 2014. I say, go stat! That’s an order!

 

Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition

Thursday 26 September 2013 to Sunday 23 February 2-14

Open Daily 10am – 5pm

 

Full $15 Concession $10 Member $8

Family $40 (2 adults, 3 children) extra child $8

School groups $7.50 per student

Group discount (12 or more) $12

Bookings 03 8663 2583 or online at acmi.net.au

Tickets on sale Thursday 1 August 2013

www.acmi.net.au/spectacle

Image: OK Go “This Too Shall Pass” (Rube Goldberg Machine version) (2010). Directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs.

WEEKEND 37, 2013: Bang! Crash! Tap!

If you’re in Melbourne this weekend and like beats, clever drumming, tap, hip hop, and Happy Feet (? …) then go see The Raw Dance Company’sBang! Crash! Tap! at the Arts Centre. There’s a show on tonight and two shows on tomorrow. THEN IT ENDS!

Tickets start at 25 clams and it’s worth every bit…

Highlight: UK Beat Box Champion, Dr Rhythm (pictured) mix everything from Justin Timberlake to Public Enemy to Michael Jackson and Kanye. The man is a dynamo.

Buy tickets here 

Image Source: Arts Centre, Melbourne.

 

Weekend 2, 2013: Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been

I’m keeping my Friday commitment to share with you something that I’ve read, watched, experienced or listened to. Upon the week of its release in mid October last year I picked up Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been. An excellent book even for those with a slight interest in what Pharrell has created for himself and for an insight to the people he connects with.

There are many elements to this book, plenty of photographs of Pharrell’s career highlights, art work and designs from his fashion label BBC/Ice Cream. The biggest highlight for me is his transcribed conversations with Buzz Aldrin, Anna Wintour, Jay-Z and Kanye West among others.

The words are fascinating. Buzz Aldrin speaks of how Americans should bypass sending astronauts back to the moon and aim to make  a permanent settlement on Mars. Kanye West brings up many interesting ideas. The most surprising for me was how he creates music visually. He reveals that to this day he can’t play piano and that he used draw the covers of his records before even thinking about the music. His example, “Let’s put this fountain in Vegas to music.”

Enjoy reading Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been. Published by Rizzoli.

Featured Image is a Limited Edition Version of Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been. Signed by Pharrell with a custom tee and protective case. No. 138 of 500