Electronic Music Life is a music business, culture & lifestyle podcast for the electronic music industry and music lovers. With over twenty years experience, DJ, producer, music consultant & coach, James Locksmith and inspiring guests, shine a light on the Electronic Music industry, technology, creativity, wellness, cultural, social, spiritual, economic, political paradigms and systems. Learn about the people, their stories, experiences, careers, businesses, practical tools, resources, electronic music entrepreneurship and how to overcome obstacles.
Disco Arabesquo #58 On 80's Egyptian cassette love letters, ethical licensing and artist acknowledgement.
In this episode of Electronic Music Life with James Locksmith is Egyptian, Amsterdam based Moataz Rageb aka Disco Arabesquo, who for the last few years, grabbed the attention of music lovers, electronic music, vinyl enthusiasts and the dance music industry. A sociologist, DJ, researcher and avid collector of Arabic cassettes and vinyl, his DJ sets and mixes have been blowing up dance floors and spreading like wildfire online. With a rich and deep understanding of sounds from the 70's, 80’s & 90’s of the Middle East, SWANA regions and its diaspora, he’s recognised as a music historian. He’s collaborated with labels such as WeWantsSounds, Habibi Funk Records and has a vinyl release forthcoming featuring edits with Saudi-Irish DJ producer Moving Still. Moataz and James discuss his recent international appeal, 80’s Egyptian love letters on cassettes, ethical licensing and artist acknowledgment.
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Martha van Straaten #57 On Traveling Without Moving: The Positive Effects Of Cultural Limitations.
In this episode of Electronic Music Life with James Locksmith is with Martha van Straaten, real name Hannah, recognised internationally for blending her fond love of folkloric, global electronic music. Truly a bright star in her genre, who now continuously travels the world sharing joy through multicultural sounds in clubs and on festival stages, after years of yearning cultural connection. Martha and James discuss how a lack of cultural exposure created a hunger for connection, expression and the reverse positive effects with art and music.
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Tooli (Local Talk) #56 On Multiple LABEL Management, A&R and Tenacity.
In this episode of Electronic Music Life with James Locksmith is with co-founder and label head of one of the most internationally respected house and electronic record labels over the last decade, Tooli of Local Talk Records, out of Stockholm, Sweden. Tooli is often referred to as “the other guy” of Local Talk, alongside his partner Mad Mats, both of them also co-run Omena Records, a few other labels individually, and Tooli also runs 18437 Records, one of his latest projects since 2020. Tooli and James discuss multiple label management, distribution, A&R, label cycles, keeping focussed, structure and tenacity.
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Sticky Dojah #55 On Skills, Risk Taking equal Luck and Opportunities
In this episode of Electronic Music Life with James Locksmith is with Phillip Lembke aka Sticky Dojah, a German DJ and music consultant based in New York. Phillipp moved to New York over a decade ago, continuing his hip hop dream, after several years, DJing, producing events and booking American artists to perform in Germany and Europe. Today he’s the main force behind the “Touch Of Classics” event, resident DJ for Disco Tehran, a radio presenter on The Lot Radio with his “Records Before Rent” show and more widely recognised internationally for his Instagram ‘7 inch mashup videos that have gone viral in all corners of the world. Sticky Dojah has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of both yesteryear and today. Phillipp and James talk about finding your way in New York, taking risks and bringing skills forward and social media DJ content advantages.
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Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) #54 Musical Stories of Yemen
In this episode of Electronic Music Life with James Locksmith is with Rob Garza, one half of trailblazing electronic music duo, Thievery Corporation, also known for his standalone project GARZA. Rob discusses his latest project, capturing Yemeni culture, history and displacement through music in an unprecedented expedition organised by the UN’s World Food Program. An Ambassador for the World Food Program, this is the first time Rob Garza, collaborating with musicians on a WFP mission. Rob also share’s insight to Thievery Corporation’s almost 30 years, enduring appeal of sharing music and experiences worldwide, and discusses his solo project GARZA, his label Magnetic Moon and Amplified Yoga.
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Lawerence Millar #53 The Future of Music Festivals & Brand Collaborations
In this episode of Electronic Music Life with James Locksmith is with Aussie born, London based, Lawrence Millar, Head Of Commercial Partnerships at Earth Music Agency and Founder of Cosmo-Media. With over twenty years of industry experience, Millar is a highly innovative creative thinker, who connects people and music all over the world. Lawrence works closely with agencies, brands, talent, NGO’s and charities, with a balanced and positive approach to various music, and entertainment projects, involving marketing, partnerships, music management, publishing, social media, sync deals, licensing, the list goes on. James and Lawrence discuss how brand partnerships in music have evolved and their thoughts on the current state of festival and club bookings, as they reflect over 2022.
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