Hello everyone,.. oh hello summer!
I hope everyone is enjoying the long awaited rays of sunshine touching our skin. Make sure you have sunscreen with you - always… and that your friends don’t draw funny things on you with it while you sleep in the sun.
It’s been a very intense week at radio HQ. We’ve had an offer too good to refuse and it will change everything 🤯 I still can’t really believe it’s going to happen. Before I tell you more, I would love to take a moment to thank everyone who is tuning to our station, asking for IDs in chatroom, sending us feedback and beautiful words in emails. It gives us energy to keep going and helps us remember that there is more good than evil in this world.
Soon we will hopefully be able to enjoy freedom sans restrictions. But the reality is that we are still in a global pandemic, the virus is still here and it’s very important that the whole world gets the vaccine, not just the country we live in.
Everyone wants to go back to “normal”. Question is - do we really want to go back to that? Was it actually good? Don’t you have a feeling that we should try to re-define “normal” a little?
In my honest opinion, the time before the pandemic wasn’t “normal”, and the pandemic just exposed that. Even the music industry has its own Jeff Bezzos or Dyson kinds.
We had artists taking fees based on some alternate reality, djs gaining privileged access to gigs. We had visionless promoters ignoring the potential of local talent just because it’s more comfortable to blindly follow templates - play it ‘safe’. We had night clubs who didn’t come up with any creative approach to the situation and then ended up with “table service gigs” where the music, or logistics don’t reflect the reality of the situation, and extra effort is wasted on security shouting at people trying to have fun and stopping them to do what they have been triggered to do - like, dance.
We have chill-out djs or djs who are playing music for people who have to sit and pay serious money to book a table.
It’s not like we didn’t have enough time to be creative. It is possible to make restrictions enjoyable, it’s totally possible to think outside of the imaginary box and old templates.
So, maybe old dinosaurs need to go extinct, the bubbling scene full of talents have to get out of illegality and show the millionaire and corporation owned venues what it should look like when you are creative.
We all should think twice about what kind of tickets we are buying and what kind of events we are going to support. There will be plenty of those who have been busy and creative the entire time. And when you go out, please be responsible, follow advice and rules of organisers and mainly - give the others space and respect. You will enjoy it much much more, trust me…
Future is bright
Next week is going to be a ride. Hold tight…
✧ PJ & Abdel will be talking to a very talented young musician called King about his life, the impact of mental health and how to stay inspired in tough times. Today 9-11am ✧ Elsa Hewitt will chill the politics with her improvisation right after 11am-1pm ✧ Big Leg is back in shape and streaming live from Berlin together with Aeriform 1-3pm ✧ dj ojo & k means got a guestmix from the Reel Long Overdub crew, courtesy of Noono 7-9pm ✧
✧ Sarma and Lisa will dive into Midsummer rituals and traditions within Northern Europe. Plantasia - Saturday 9-11am ✧ Findia Scooter will join Sharifa Maria 3-5pm ✧ Wes Baggaley might finally come back to the studio 5-7pm ✧
✧ Ras Digby roots revival champion outta Sir Jessus Sound. The Dubplate Specialist. Hackney Dub Club fans know that Ras Digby is our extended family coming to the box of love regularly, and the vibes he brings. So once more, get ready for real vibrations from one of the most knowledgeable and experienced London selectors. This Sunday 12-2pm ✧ An outstanding drummer and record collector Valentina Magaletti is covering Luca’s E2-E8 4-6pm ✧
✧ Squish co-founder Ganzo will be joining Hamish in the box. Welsh Synth-Pop, Iranian Funk and other extraordinary records on OOX Music Wednesday 11am-1pm ✧ MCs M.I.C. and Dj Mi-el are joining one of the fastest wheels of steel operator Osc Kins 7-9pm ✧ Shel will have closer look at the New Orleans-based queer collective and label Trax Only 9-11pm ✧
✧ and one of our new talents DJ Aya is coming with her first own regular show next Thursday 7-9pm ✧
Each and every week, each and every day… We can't stop listening to Netil Radio. Last week’s top of the top is :
✧ Joshua Corbett in solo ride for his Eyes Have Babes ✧ Gary Lover covering Tropical Problems ✧ It was last regular show for Fannoire Ge ✧ tsuniman’s intense mini rave while covering B.L.O.O.M. ✧ Mark Solution joining Hackney Dub Club ✧ beautiful jazz journey of Alex Louloudis for JAS ✧ Markus Harris repping SC&P ✧ a special ambient Magical Real with Sheila Fortune ✧ Laura Neu’s Emergency Landing ✧ Zahra B had RapZines man Brian Ngata ✧ Oren G’s Love message from Tel Aviv ✧ Le Bandido’s morning joint Smiling Stranger ✧ Kundai’s colorful Bday moment ✧ Shimmy’s conversation and breakfast with Lea of FIXX ✧ StrettoBlaster’s top soundtrack to the burning hot concrete jungle ✧ Batov Records took the torch into fire ✧ Planet Panama with very chill summer morning selection ✧ and Introspective Electronics is always absolute brain massage ✧
✧ Big debut ep from Liverpool based All Trades is coming out on family label Shubzin, focusing on immersive design, spontaneous programming and terrifying power. These experiments are yet to be tested out in their natural habitat. All profit from sale goes to artist, so do not think twice
✧ One of our new wonders Kundai just released his first ever EP!
✧ Soft Touch Express: a 3-volume compilation from the Queer Dancefloor is out on New Orleans based Trax Only
Tuesday 8th June is World Oceans Day! The ocean covers more than 70% of the earth surface and serves as the planet's largest home to millions of animals and plants. In celebrating the beauty and life of the ocean and raising awareness of the risks facing the ocean, check out this link from National Geographic for more info.
Reminders: Check out Seaspiracy on Netflix if saving the oceans are up on your list! Also, check out the search engine: Ocean Hero!
That’s all for this week,
keep your eyes peeled as next week we have:
- game changing news
- an opportunity of dreams for one of you!