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Here on my Frogcasts, I chat to some really great people about their life stories, musical interests, passions and inspirations, as I develop a new career as a House Music DJ. If you want to know more, watch as my story unfolds @white_where_its_at on Instagram.
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Grahame Farmer's music career commenced on the dance floor of renowned London Club, Turnmills of Clerkenwell Road 15 years ago, when a chance meeting with club owner Danny Newman and a ballsy statement along the lines of "your website is shit" resulted in Grahame running and managing all of the Turnmills online presence for its remaining five years in operation.  In this interview we talk frankly about fun times in the glory days of the club, and what Grahame fondly describes as his "Cavernous Wonderland", including Roger Sanchez's parties, reforming the Happy Mondays in Turnmills studios, and the subdued shivery nature of Monday mornings at the office following a weekend of raving at the club. Grahame also shares his self taught strategy for the growth of his business, Data Transmission, which started in Turnmills and has now grown to become an online music platform that extends into all social media channels and that has recently expanding its service portfolio into online radio, a record label and consultancy services for DJ's and professionals in the music industry.He talks openly about the bumpy ride of being in the music business and shares some of the insight behind what it has taken to shape Data Transmission into the credible and well respected music brand that it is today.  Grahame doesn't hold back either, as he recounts what it took to turn around a business that was hemorrhaging money in order to climb out of a cash flow hole and reboot the business into profitability.Helping artists promote themselves is now at the heart of what Grahame does and in the last year he shares how his "Boost" service for DJ's and emerging artist has helped increase bookings, get DJ's signed to labels and provided clarity to artists on their social media strategies. With all that plus running a Traxsource acclaimed record label, an interview with David Guetta at ADE, a packed 2020 calendar and Grahame's favourite track of all time right at the end, makes this an open and fun chat with plenty of insight and laughs from an evolving master of music media.Thank you very much Grahame for taking the time to share all this with me!A bit about me …. Fiona White I love playing chilled, deep, and tech house music as well as listening and sharing stories from artists and people that inspire me.   Box of Frogs (my very own Frogcast) is my way of doing that, whilst also connecting with people who, like me, enjoy smiling more through life.
Ste Roberts, hails from Leeds, and has been a die hard lover of electronic music for nearly 20 years.  He's funny, witty and loving life right now.Here he talks about getting out of London to hang in Woolacombe, North Devon, for a bit of rest bite, and reflects on where his love of music all began.  We talk weekend pilgrimages on the National Express to Fabric London, music education, inspirational artists and his passion for vinyl.  He also shares his motivation and love of making and getting lost in music.  We talk about his 13 year old record label Hypercolour, which he co-owns with Alex Jones and Jamie Russell, including some of the parties they have hosted across the globe.  He gives some straightforward advice to other DJ's looking to get noticed by record labels.All that plus raving in Berlin, daily routines to keep producing quality records, keeping his Account Management job selling shampoo to stay grounded whilst continuing to do what he loves.  As an added bonus for anyone looking for more than the big commercial gigs, he also shares the best and most intimate venues that are up and coming on the London music scene.Straight talking Ste has some great past stories to share, a fountain of musical knowledge and is a genuinely all round nice guy.  Thanks Ste, and thank you Gaz for bundling him into your BMW so we could chat!  To connect with Ste find him on Instagram @ste_robertsA bit about me …. Fiona White I love playing chilled, deep, and tech house music as well as listening and sharing stories that inspire me.   Box of Frogs (my very own Frogcast) is my way of doing that, whilst also connecting with people who, like me, enjoy smiling more through life. 
This podcast recounts a small piece of Irish history that happened on April 14th 1920 on the streets of Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, a small town on the west coast of Ireland.The story is told by my father, Michael Hennessy. For a long time we (the Hennessy family) believed the story to be different to the one that you will hear in this podcast. It is thanks to the work done by John Treacy, a historian who dedicated the first part of his career to uncovering the truth behind the folklore of that day, that I am able to share this story today.Patt Hennessy left behind his heavily-pregnant young wife Bridget, and two sons Joe and Mick (both under the age of 5). A few weeks after Patt died my grandfather, Paddy, was born.This is a very sad story because my great grandfather, Patt Hennessy, and two other men died completely unnecessarily that day, at the hands of a soldier who was never brought to justice despite the evidence that was shared at the tribunal afterwards. This podcast has been recorded as my way of paying tribute to my great grandparents and is dedicated to their memory and to the memory of the two other men, John O'Louglin and Thomas O'Leary, who lost their lives so tragically that day.
It's such a privilege and honour to present this podcast today with the Year 5 students (aged 10), and teachers at Ilfracombe's Church of England Junior School.  As a parent of 2 boys under the age of 10, I find the whole conversation about kids online to be incredibly negative and over sensationalised in the media.  In an effort to have a more positive discussion, I approached my son's school and asked them could I do a podcast about the subject with the Year 5 teachers and students.The school not only embraced the idea but added a whole layer of additional creativity and flair to the discussion that I could never have imagined, likened to "opening Pandora's Box" by Catherine Cox, the Head Teacher.In this podcast you will hear from Maggie Foster, an Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Music at the school, whose passion and love of her subject is transforming the lives of the children in the school.  We hear from Maggie and the pupils about how the Church of England School Values of Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity, are shaping the children's lives, both on and offline.Even more so, how music is at the heart of everything the school does, and how the Principles of Taiko drumming, which is a Japanese art of drumming, has recently been adopted by the school.  The children share how these Principles can be extended out across all manner of experiences both on and offline.  We also hear about the benefits of drumming and what it's like to experience a Taiko drumming session.  In addition we share fly-on-the-wall discussions in the class rooms between the children and the teachers as they talk about podcasting, digital media, and how to present themselves positively online.There is so much richness to this podcast and whilst I initially went into the school as a concerned, worried parent, I left feeling humbled, uplifted and inspired by what I heard and experienced whilst being at the school.  I would like to extend a massive thank you to the Year 5 teachers who are; James Clatworthy, Kimberley Campbell, Lauren Caller, Phoebe Reed, Will Speed, Rachael Moore and Jo Parsons and a heartfelt thank you to Maggie Foster and Catherine Cox whose total commitment to the subject and the discussion enabled this to happen.  To my incredible Sound Engineer and Producer, Will Flisk, who attended and recorded 10 hours of content in the classrooms and helped bring the podcast to life in the studio with me.But most importantly I would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful children in Year 5.  You are so very special and you know so much, you guys are truly inspirational and I want to thank you for being so open and free with your conversation, knowledge and kindness.  Together with your teachers, we have turned the conversation about kids online on its head, and you will uplift so many people with your positive messages, insight and voices.Thank you so very much.Fiona xxxAdditional Note;'Drop in the Ocean' is featured in this podcast. Music and lyrics by Tolga Kashif; Richard Stilgoe; Arranged by Andrew Peggie; National Foundation for Youth Music. 'Youth Music has been given authority for arrangements to be made of this music for educational and similar use.'
Miami based DJ, producer and singer songwriter Kristen Knight shares her long term love and commitment to the music industry.  Fully qualified in music production, from an early stage in her career, she talks about her love of the freedom of being a DJ, her years of experience with reading dance floors and how her sets vary depending on the crowd, venue and international locations she plays at like Blue Marlin, Hi and Pacha in Ibiza.As a woman and mother, she talks about how she juggles and balances being a single mom with living her international dream, in the very male dominated music industry.  And how "Eve", the party she runs in Miami with her partner Roger Sanchez, rotates female talent locally and from around the world, to celebrate and support women in house music.  She opens up about how to leverage the hard times in order to grow as an artist, and how to embrace life in order to be the happiest you can be.  That combined with growing thick skin, groove cruises, yoga, addiction to phones, and waking up in the middle of the night singing into her phone makes this podcast happy, fun, lively and fabulous!  Thank you lovely lady for a fab Frogcast number 9!Find Kristen on Instagram here and on Soundcloud hereA bit about me …. DJ Fiona White I’m a DJ with a passion for playing chilled, deep, and tech house music as well as listening and sharing stories that inspire me.   My passion for house music comes from nearly two decades of visits to Ibiza where I have spent many hours soaking up the sunshine vibes, attending both opening and closing parties and also paying homage to the most influential of global DJ’s on the dance floors of Ibiza’s world famous clubs.Box of Frogs (my very own Frogcast) is my way of expressing my love of all that I am passionate about and connecting with people through a mutual love of house music and a desire to be inspired and smile more through life.
Will Clarke is experiencing the dizzy heights of international artistic fame whilst having his Bristolian feet firmly rooted right now on American soil.  A gentleman to the core, he candidly shares his musical journey, and talks about how his ambition, vision and sound have all evolved to bring him to this stage in his musical career.  He believes that right now he is at a pivotal point, and very openly discusses what he believes he needs to do next, to become the biggest artist in the world.He talks about what lights him up and what really doesn't in today's music industry and shares how he will take his learning forward to help nurture new and emerging artists in the future.   He also emphasises why artists need to move away from today's immediate and instantaneous approach and put time into cultivating and investing in really knowing themselves, in order to truly enable their own self expression.There is no mask nor filter here.  His high level of enlightened confidence, self believe and commitment to his artistic truth is shared in this conversation with refreshingly relaxed and open honesty.  I loved this interview, it was such a pleasure to listen to his words, inspiring ideas and how he plans to give back to others in the future.  Thank you so much Will Clarke and I can't wait to see and hear what's coming next.A bit about me …. DJ Fiona White I’m a DJ with a passion for playing chilled, deep, and tech house music as well as listening and sharing stories that inspire me.   My passion for house music comes from nearly two decades of visits to Ibiza where I have spent many hours soaking up the sunshine vibes, attending both opening and closing parties and also paying homage to the most influential of global DJ’s on the dance floors of Ibiza’s world famous clubs.Box of Frogs (my very own Frogcast) is my way of expressing my love of all that I am passionate about and connecting with people through a mutual love of house music and a desire to be inspired and smile more through life.
Meet the Actor, Film Director and Music Producer Leon Corbin.Hear how Leon came into acting at tender age of thirteen where at the very last minute he stepped into a lead role and saved the show. We talk about what advice he would give to people wanting to enter into acting, including the role of the British Film Institute in helping young talent and the importance of attitude and mindset.We go onto discuss all the various shows that he has been involved in including BBC Casualty, Eastenders and all the celebrities he has worked with including Danny Dyer, Danny Boy - Hatchard, Martin Kemp, Dani Dyer, Paul Chiedozie, Brash Youngturks, Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, Robert DeNiro, Sir Kenneth Brannagh, Ann Mitchell, Shona Mcgarty, Jacqueline Jossa, and Charles Venn.  We also spend some time talking about his role in Skyfall and in Artemis Fowl, that latest Disney film being released in August.Leon shares the story-line behind his director debut Trevor Martin 006.5, which he will be wrapping up filming of in June in Ilfracombe, and talks about what is involved in bringing a production like that to life including the launch party and screening which will be happening in Ilfracombe this summer.   With big brands like Virgin and Amazon Prime all expressing interested in the movie, this is a really exciting time for Leon.  Box of Frogs wish him the best of success and we hope that 2019 gives him the kudos he deserves for his commitment and passion to his profession.A bit about me …. DJ Fiona White I’m a house music DJ with a passion for playing deep and chilled music as well as sharing stories that inspire me.   Recently I have been accepted onto Ibiza’s first international DJ Academy, where I am being mentored by house music legends; Roger Sanchez, and Brandon Block whilst also being guided by DJ Academy owner, and entrepreneur Danny Savage.The inspiration for my passion for music comes from nearly two decades of visits to Ibiza where I have spent many hours soaking up the sunshine vibes, attending both opening and closing parties and also paying homage to the most influential of global DJ’s, on the dance floors of Ibiza’s world famous clubs.Box of Frogs (my very own Frogcast) is my way of expressing my love of all that I am passionate about and connecting with people through a mutual love of house music and a desire to be inspired and smile more through life ……  Oh and I’m also Irish so the colour green works a treat!
Trish shares how she found her way from raving in her teens in Bangalore India to bedroom DJ and eventually playing in all the biggest and best clubs in London including Ministry of Sound, Lightbox and Egg London.She tells how her motivation to create a "banging track" inspired her to study Sound Engineering at Point Blank Music school where she is has now become a champion of female artistic talent.We talk about the London Techno house music scene and how its evolved over time and how inspirational women in house music such as Anne Mac and companies such as Toolroom Records and Point Blank are helping to inspire and encourage female artists to step forward.Trish gives her advice to women entering into the music industry and shares her new music proposition Craft, Hustle Grind to help evolve musical talent in 2019.What an inspirational lady.. .....Thank you Trish for taking the time to share your story with me!A bit about me …. DJ Fiona White I’m a house music DJ with a passion for playing deep and chilled music as well as sharing stories that inspire me.   Recently I have been accepted onto Ibiza’s first international DJ Academy, where I am being mentored by house music legends; Roger Sanchez, Brandon Block, and Doorly, whilst also being guided by DJ Academy owner, and entrepreneur Danny Savage.The inspiration for my passion for music comes from nearly two decades of visits to Ibiza where I have spent many hours soaking up the sunshine vibes, attending both opening and closing parties and also paying homage to the most influential of global DJ’s, on the dance floors of Ibiza’s world famous clubs.Box of Frogs (my very own Frogcast) is my way of expressing my love of all that I am passionate about and connecting with people through a mutual love of house music and a desire to be inspired and smile more through life ……  Oh and I’m also Irish so the colour green works a treat!
Meet Dave Travolta, who in the last five years has gone from being totally broke and homeless on the streets of Barcelona, to completely turning his life around.  Listen to his inspirational story from where he literally picks himself off the streets, knocks on one door after another in the famous Las Ramblas, until he was given a chance of a job opportunity at an Irish bar that paid him enough money to get off the streets and into a hostel that day. From there he goes onto educate himself on social media which resulted in him setting up his own consulting business with clients all round the world, including Ibiza, and is now back living in his own apartment in Barcelona after being scouted by Hewlett Packard.  In addition, a few years back, he also discovered a cure for asthma, eczema and depression through fasting and a commitment to nutrition, and a diet full of what he calls "life-foods" in a manner completely different to the one that we are taught to follow.Dave shares his story daily on Instagram (@dave_travolta) where you get a sneak peak into the life of a free spirited agent of change. His fans worldwide support him and his actions and keep in contact with him as he whizzes round the small businesses of Barcelona and enjoys a freedom of spirit and a kindness of heart, that we can all benefit from, just by talking with him. It's my pleasure to know you Dave and I am very grateful to have had the chance to share your truly inspiring story.A bit about me …. DJ Fiona White I’m a house music DJ with a passion for playing deep and chilled music as well as sharing stories that inspire me.   Recently I have been accepted onto Ibiza’s first international DJ Academy, where I am being mentored by house music legends; Roger Sanchez, Brandon Block, and Doorly, whilst also being guided by DJ Academy owner, and entrepreneur Danny Savage.The inspiration for my passion for music comes from nearly two decades of visits to Ibiza where I have spent many hours soaking up the sunshine vibes, attending both opening and closing parties and also paying homage to the most influential of global DJ’s, on the dance floors of Ibiza’s world famous clubs.Box of Frogs (my very own Frogcast) is my way of expressing my love of all that I am passionate about and connecting with people through a mutual love of house music and a desire to be inspired and smile more through life ……  Oh and I’m also Irish so the colour green works a treat!Want to know more? Find me here: Mixcloud: DJ Fiona WhiteFacebook: @djfionawhiteInstagram: White_where_its_at
Meet Nat Rich, an inspirational and visionary woman with a passion for truth, honestly and a deep sense of understanding about how she can help all of us improve our own lives and the lives of future generations.Over the last few years Nat has gone from self-confessed, full on party girl, to running one of the most successful radio syndication companies in the electronic music scene called On Air Radio based in her home of Ibiza. She is also a motivational speaker and a life coach to some of the music industry's most well-known artists.Nat has another company called Sustainable Flow and is now on the cusp of launching a technology that offers a magnetic based product that will reduce carbon emissions of all vehicles by up to 90%... globally. Her company has now been invited by London Mayor Sadiq Kan to work with the UK Government to focus on reducing air pollution in the City of London with the intention of rolling out the same solution to the rest of the UK by 2020.She is a power house of strength, intelligence and a visionary who is being led from her soul's purpose in life ... and I am so lucky to have had the chance to talk to her on this show.We cover her transition from party girl to business director; how that then evolved to life coach and mentor to so many artists and includes also the DJ Growth Lab; to Sustainable Flow - her self-funded environmental business that is without a doubt going to change the planet. We talk about the importance of self love and self-care in the music industry, and how knowing and appreciating our own values and talents can ultimately help pave the way for our own self development and personal growth.To find out more about how you can get involved in Sustainable Flow and to hear directly from Nat you can tune into her podcasts by going to her website; Wheresnatat.comA bit about me …. DJ Fiona White I’m a house music DJ with a passion for playing deep and chilled music as well as sharing stories that inspire me.   Recently I have been accepted onto Ibiza’s first international DJ Academy, where I am being mentored by house music legends; Roger Sanchez, Brandon Block, and Doorly, whilst also being guided by DJ Academy owner, and entrepreneur Danny Savage.The inspiration for my passion for music comes from nearly two decades of visits to Ibiza where I have spent many hours soaking up the sunshine vibes, attending both opening and closing parties and also paying homage to the most influential of global DJ’s, on the dance floors of Ibiza’s world famous clubs.Box of Frogs (my very own Frogcast) is my way of expressing my love of all that I am passionate about and connecting with people through a mutual love of house music and a desire to be inspired and smile more through life ……  Oh and I’m also Irish so the colour green works a treat!Want to know more? Find me here: Mixcloud: DJ Fiona WhiteFacebook: @djfionawhiteInstagram: White_where_its_at
Who started the first DJ Bar in the UK?   Will Flisk did.  Will, together with his business partners, set up Bar Vinyl which was voted one of the UK's Top 10 Best Bars in the 90's.  Located in Camden, Bar Vinyl had quite the reputation and Will openly admits to not remembering most of his time there.  That said with guests like Boy George and Fat Boy Slim together with the MTV crews casually popping in to record music videos and interviews from his bar, he has quite a few funny stories to tell. Come with me as we chat about the launch of Bar Vinyl; how he hosted a tent for 2000 people in Glastonbury whilst sleeping next to Rob Da Bank; his time in Greece where he was frequently called Malakas as a term of endearment; his up and coming new Vinyl releases and how world famous artist Damien Hirst drew him to Ilfracombe in North Devon which has now resulted in him opening his very own studio called Gates Of the West Studio to help new and emerging local talent.Oh and we also cover a bit about me and how my Box of Frogs podcast got its name which is as mad as it sounds!To hear more of Will’s music find him on Soundcloud: @WillFliskWill’s North Devon Studio is at www.gatesofthewest.co.ukA bit about me …. DJ Fiona White I’m a house music DJ with a passion for playing deep and chilled music as well as sharing stories that inspire me.   Recently I have been accepted onto Ibiza’s first international DJ Academy, where I am being mentored by house music legends; Roger Sanchez, Brandon Block, and Doorly, whilst also being guided by DJ Academy owner, and entrepreneur Danny Savage.The inspiration for my passion for music comes from nearly two decades of visits to Ibiza where I have spent many hours soaking up the sunshine vibes, attending both opening and closing parties and also paying homage to the most influential of global DJ’s, on the dance floors of Ibiza’s world famous clubs.Box of Frogs (my very own Frogcast) is my way of expressing my love of all that I am passionate about and connecting with people through a mutual love of house music and a desire to be inspired and smile more through life ……  Oh and I’m also Irish so the colour green works a treat!Want to know more? Find me here: Mixcloud: DJ Fiona WhiteFacebook: @djfionawhiteInstagram: White_where_its_at
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