If you don’t recognise Joel it might be because he’s changed his hair style since the last time we spoke, it’s been almost three years since we sat down for our first Conversation With Joel Baker and like each of us he’s been on a journey and come a long way in that time. As positive and energetic as always, the Nottingham born musician takes us back to where it all began and tells us why his latest musical offering, Bran Flakes Vol. 1, sees a noticeable change to his sound. You could even call him a rapper now…
London has a massive running culture, you’ve probably seen local running groups jog past you as you drag yourself to the corner shop on a Sunday morning in need of milk and Honey Nut Cheerios. You’ve likely heard of illustrious groups such as Run Dem Crew, who regularly take over London’s streets and who’s popularity has snowballed since their inception. London’s passion for running culminates once a year with the world renowned London Marathon, a massive celebration that knows no boundaries and manages to generate excitement each and every year come rain or shine. While this 5km with Nike and Kevin Hart was far from a marathon, it was the longest distance Adam and I had ever run, so did we even make it to the finish line?
As with a great deal of the music we’re currently listening to on a regular basis, GoldLink came onto our radar through the ever expanding musical portal that is Soulection. When we say portal, it really is taking music to new worlds and dimensions showcasing what they describe as The Sound of Tomorrow. A close associate of Soulection, GoldLink performed at their sold out London KOKO show earlier this year and, along with a lineup of other artists, exemplified what the movement is all about. At only 22, the young rapper has a whole career ahead of him, so we wanted to find out how he got there and where he’s going.
A great deal of beauty exists on our planet, often it can be found within communities and within the individuals that they’re made up of. Amongst all the talk surrounding a series of recent tragedies and the media spectacle that ensued, one wonderful quote regularly reappeared, “I am always comforted by realising that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” We too often forget that the majority of people we share this planet with are good willed and want many of the same simple things from this journey of being and becoming that we call life as we do. I’m reminded of this when I look back at all of the incredible people I came across in Myanmar, while in some aspects our lives are very different, we undeniably shared simple values and passions. Their positivity and joy was inspiring, and hopefully I can pass that light on to you with this post.
Over the years, Ibiza has made a name for itself in the nightlife scene across the world. If you want the big clubs, the hot weather and a very unique nightlife experience, Ibiza is the place to go. That is, of course, if you have circa £15 to spend on a bottle of beer. So, you have to wonder, does Ibiza have anything else to offer other than the raving, shuffling and gurning jaws? In a similar fashion to our recent trip to Mallorca, holiday experts On the Beach wanted to show us another side to this popular holiday destination. In 48 hours I managed to see just how beautiful this island is.
How many restaurants have you spent the last few years saying you must visit? How often does a place get mentioned in conversation and you find yourself saying, “I’ve heard it’s great, I’ve been meaning to go!” Well The London Restaurant Festival, now in its fourth year, is here to help you cram all those restaurants you’ve been dying to visit into a one day tour all throughout October. Tapas tours, Chinese tours, Japanese tours, Champagne themed, you name it, they’ve got it covered. The awesome Tiger Beer invited us to Chinatown to check out their tour of 6 restaurants in 6 hours. I’m going to stop here and you’re going to read on because I know you can’t resist the food photography that’s going to follow!
We’re all about discovering and telling the stories of those who have taken a passion and made it a life investment. We’re passionate about London, and welcome the challenge to tell the stories of those making waves within our city. New Amsterdam Vodka proudly laments its versatile ability to transform any social scene and encourages those within it to embrace the new spirit of their town. To coincide with this, we’ve met with a couple of influential young people within London who’ve witnessed or played a part in the transformation of its current social scene and sat down for a conversation with them to find out how they embrace their city, and to tell us a little more about their passions and lifestyles. First up was Raymond and his brand Happy Chap Clothing, this time around is DJ and founder of London nightlife brand ‘NANG’, Ralph Hardy.