Electronic Music Man is a podcast for aspiring young men who want to get ahead in their lives both personal and in their careers in Electronic Music. With over 20 years experience as a DJ, music curator, talent broker, in touring, events and entrepreneurship. James Locksmith focuses on transforming the lives of young male DJs, electronic musicians, producers and electronic music entrepreneurs. In his show, he breaks down masculinity stereotypes, male emotional intelligence, how to overcome struggles, find tools, methods, tactics and resources that not only males can listen to and use.
Dar Disku On originality, responsibility and systematic change.
On today’s episode, I’m speaking with the DJ team, label owners, creative A&R duo, label of the same name, DAR DISKU. Mazen Almaskati and Vish Mahtre, from Bahrain in the GCC, both connected several years ago through their love of digging for rarities and sharing music with DJing. Their passion for the weird and wonderful disco and alternative sounds from the region grew and the DAR DISKU concept was born. I met with the boys last month and we discussed the rise of MENA Regions music fascination around the world, originality and responsibility,
and we also covered wellbeing and systematic change. I had fun learning more about these guys' their mission and the ways they're navigating through today’s new world.
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BLACK ATHENA On creating from scratch and keeping dreams alive through all kinds of adversity.
Today’s episode is coming to you from the ancient city of Athens, recorded from my recent visit to Greece, with a very special guest from the city's alternative music heartbeat. For nearly 2 decades, he has been at the forefront for future sounds of electronic, RnB, Grime, Drill, Rap, hip hop, house, new wave/post punk and Jazz. A radio presenter, DJ, label owner, curator, agent, artist manager, a man of many music hats. Today he is the label manager and A&R for Jungle Juice Records, Greece’s largest trap, hip hop and RnB label. He continues his radio show, programming for Plissken festival stages amongst many other projects.
Black Athena not only has been spearheading a new movement within Greece, which now has surpassed traditional Greek pop music, Black Athena has been a voice for change, a platform for youth culture, providing the space for creation, keeping passion and dreams alive through all kinds of adversity .
Known as Black Athena, Kostis Niforakis is the voice of the radio show which airs weekly on national radio throughout Greece.
We discussed a bunch of things about the rise of Greece’s alternative music scene and the impact it has had on youth and music culture. Pretty much every trip to Athens in almost the last 6-7 years, I meet with Kostis to learn more about it. Hope you enjoy listening to our discussion while we sat in Plaka, Athens at the end of August.
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Rayan On Catharsis, diversity and your big Why
Formerly in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry, he made the leap into music four years ago and hasn't looked back. In just a short 4 years, he is now widely recognised within the GCC, Middle East, North Africa regions and internationally, for his impeccable talent and skills in the studio producing RnB, Hip Hop, Pop, Trap, Neo-Soul, Progressive Rock and Heavy Metal. His Beat Lab video series has demonstrated his passion for production, his love of giving back to music communities and has become increasingly popular in the world of music production with over 3 million views getting the attention from a long list of artists, labels and has regularly been highlighted in regional and international press. Mohammad Bailouni aka Rayan, producer, songwriter, engineer and singer, has worked with a list of artists and provided many workshops, enriching and enhancing artist careers as a number one priority in his work. In 2019 alone he wrote, produced and engineered over 250 songs, hitting 11 million streams with 45 artists within different styles of music. On this episode of Electronic Music Man with James Locksmith, Rayan explain's his Catharsis and Diversity process, starting with your big Why and Putting the needs of others first.
Lauren Murada On How life finds you, NYC clubland, streaming in a COVID world and the wonderful world of disco.
A former dancer turned DJ from Wollongong Australia who moved to New York City 6 years ago, after living in Sydney for 6 years before, found her calling in the world of disco working for one of New York’s integral clubs and has been since. An avid lover of vinyl culture and of disco, free expression on a dancefloor and in life, Lauren Murada moved to New York to find a career in journalism but stumbled upon a social media role after seeking bar work for New York’s Good Room in Brooklyn. Since then Lauren has been impacting one dancer at a time, bringing their inner freak and wild side out with weirdo disco, funk rock and soulful house. Lauren Murada is now a resident DJ at Good Room along with her collective L&L&L Record Club and has a monthly show on The Lot Radio and a bi-monthly party called Love Games with actor and DJ Finn Jones. Her mission is to keep disco alive and its true essence through her projects, parties, radio and DJ sets, where love always saves the day. Inspired by David Mancuso’s The Loft where freeform music and free expression is the policy. Murada’s parties, Love Games and her collective have now spread love and their passion to Japan, Australia, Spain, Canada and across the US and have shared the decks with the likes of Danny Krivit, Spinna, Holy Ghost, Classix, Tim Sweeney, Session Victim and more. On today’s episode of Electronic Music Man with James Locksmith, Murada talks about how life finds you, New York’s clubland, the power of streaming in today's COVID world and the wonderful world of disco.
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Honey Point On the role of community radio and DIY culture in a COVID world and how to keep the dream alive.
Honey Point are some of Sydney’s freshest and most emerging radio hosts, DJ’s, event producers and are a community building creative duo. The music they push in clubland is alternative, diverse, mature, sophisticated and always fun and vibrant. Pretty much sums them up. They produce the new warehouse parties of Sydney, club nights, brunches and are residents with Sydney’s Nomad Radio where their weekly show lives . They continue to earn their stripes for Sydney’s electronic music scene although already solidifying themselves as purveyors, a voice and contributors to the art and culture as a next generation, Sydney torch bearers. Having supported the likes of Carista, Jitwan, Lauren Hanson, Horatio Luna and Alysha Joy, this duo represents. On today’s episode of Electronic Music Man with James Locksmith, Honey Point explain the importance of the role of community radio that they're experiencing, DIY culture in a COVID world and how they're keeping their dream alive.
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Free The Robots On simplifying your environments, cultural amnesia and the use of spirituality in search of a creative flow state.
Free The Robots aka Chris Alfaro, is a DJ, sample fiend and electronic musician, until COVID he was based in Los Angeles, California, where he has lived most of his life and now finds himself stuck in the Philippines, his native country. Alfaro is recognised as an integral part of the pioneering generation of LA’s beat scene, and Free The Robots came to life after many bands, producing MCs and DJing, which led to a list of collaborations, releases, running his venue The Crosby and sharing the stage with the likes of Fly Lo, DJ Shadow, Prefuse 73 and Bambataa. On this episode of Electronic Music Man with James Locksmith, FTR speaks about simplifying your environments, cultural amnesia and the use of spirituality in search of a creative flow state.
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