Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New video Beyonce & Lady Gaga

This is brilliant! Absolutely compulsive viewing. These ladies are tops!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Today's playlist of Angel in the morning on Aruba's Cool FM

Killer queen- Queen
Fireflies- Owl City

Walk like an egyption- The Bangles
Tik Tok- Kesha
You got the love- Florence and the machine

A million love song- Leona Lewis and take that
3- Britney Spears

Rich girls- Down and Webstar
Single ladies- Beyonce
Fluorescent adolescent- Arctic Monkeys

Revolver- Madonna ft. Lil Wayne
Million dollar bill- Whitney Houston
Step on- Happy mondays

Paparazzi- Lady Gagga
Gangsta love- Snoop Dogg ft. the dream
So what- Pink

Doo Wop (that thing)- Lauryn Hill
Young girl- Orange Grove
Shut it down- Pitbull ft. Akon

Jamming- Bob Marley
Change- Daniel Merriweather

Get down 2008- Paul Johnson
When love takes over- David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland
That's not my name- Dizee Rascal

Meet me halfway- Black Eyed Peas
Chelsea dagger- Fratellis

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Some old-school pictures

Just got back from our travels to the UK and I decided it was time to scan some old pictures in before they get too old and trashed to keep any longer.

Partyzone with Howie B. & me looking odd with my space age shades ; )

Having a lovely traditional Japanese dinner in Tokio with my mum and James Hyman

Just an old press picture

Hanging out with Mark Wahlberg, back then still know as Marky Mark

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Today's playlist of 'Angel in the morning' on Aruba's Cool FM

Use somebody- Kings of Leon (remix)

Tik Tok- Kesha
Girls on film-1000 spoons (mashup)

You decide- Orange Grove
Million dollar bill- Whitney Houston

When love takes over- David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland
Make me- Janet Jackson
East Jesus Nowhere- Green Day

Baby, baby, baby- Make the girl dance
Magnificent- U2

Paparazzi- 9 Freak 9 (mashup)
Break even- The Script

Hide away- Tessanne Chin
Meet me halfway- Black Eyed Peas
Fireflies- Owl City

Pursuit of happiness- Kid Cudi
SOS (Let the music play)- Jordin Sparks
Love you no more- Bob Sinclair ft. Shabba Ranks

Rainy day- Coldplay
Happy- Leona Lewis

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Today's playlist of 'Angel in the morning' on Cool FM Aruba

Let's dance/Pjanoo- Dunproofing (mashup)
SOS (let the music play)- Jordin Sparks

Happy- Leona Lewis
Fireflies- Owl City
Love you no more- Bob Sinclar ft. Shabba Ranks

Run this town- Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
You decide- Orange grove
Drop your head/Day and night- DJ Schmolli (mashup)

Rich girls- Down with Webstar
Get shaky- Ian Carey Project
Paparazzi/Timbaland- 9 Freak 9 (Mashup)

Tik Tok- Kesha
I'll be there- Jackson 5

Fast car- Wyclef
Empire state of mind- Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys
Mad about the boy- Ava Leigh

Fire- Kasabian
I'm not alone- Calvin Harris

Say it- Booty Luv
Red- Lisbee Stainton
Let's go Crazy- Prince and the Revolution

Get up!- 50 cents
Sober- Pink (remix)
Because of you- Kelly Clarkson

Are you gonna go my way-Lenny Krevitz
Take me to the hospital- Prodigy

Sunday, September 27, 2009

This is 'Mega'!

Brand new, big club tune from the Count & Sinden, 'Mega'.

Friday, September 25, 2009

James Hyman's blog posting

MTV's Party Zone - Keeping The Vibe Alive

''Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it"

A cliched yet classic cool quote from the late great John Hughes's masterpiece "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" really rang true today for me in regard to my MTV years (1988-2000).

MTV was in my thoughts as I'm DJ-ing this weekend at an MTV party with some real 'old skool-ers' sure to be there and this morning I had breakfast with former MTV presenter Steve Blame discussing some film projects so, inevitably we both reminisced and the memories always bring a smile to my face; we both confirmed how crazy those MTV times were in terms of creative freedom.

This was all reinforced again later in the day after some meetings, when I was totally touched & humbled by hooking up with Alex Belfi& Filippo Zuech, 2 long-time Italian fans of my MTV Party Zone/Dance shows. Filippo, now 23 was hooked back in '88 aged 9!) and Alex, more in line with my age (!) got my utmost instant respect with solid geek credentials that included a collection of over 40,000 hours of taped TV!! Alex & Filippo were visting London and had e-mailed to see if I would be willing to hook up for a chat about the 'MTV Party Zone/Dance' years and maybe fill some gaps in their VHS collection of shows!!

Their recollection and intricate knowledge of all those classic club clips got further props. We shared pop-culture passion & remembered those MTV 'golden days' and I kept having to "stop to look and listen around" because Alex &Filippo triggered memories not just from all those music videos, interviews etc, but also from recalling how working at MTV was back in the day; the process of putting together shows - the playlist meetings that often featured friendly fights with bosses over what I wanted to programme in my shows, scouring through & sourcing fresh videos, frantically getting them 'carted' on 'Beta', raw show-features like 'Flyer Of The Week' (!), early days of scribbling my running orders on scraps of paper and handing them to Rosemary Stock who was the cool MTV mum back then plus all those mad letters from fans in war-torn countries being bombed who seemed to be more concerned about getting their 'Party Zone' request played then what potential dangers engulfed their environment!

Again, being reminded of all that freedom & creativity I had producing those shows to an audience of 60 million+ households made me pause for the cause!! The irony nowadays is that with so much choice (Facebook, YouTube,Video Games, Spotify etc.), the 'soul' of sharing all this cool new stuff via a major media outlet like MTV has somewhat evaporated into a kind of 'very limited automatic playlist mode'; a topic that I'll happily & enthusiastically debate at length!

Dancing baby

This is brilliant! And I bet Kanye West could use this to prove his point, that 'Beyonce really did have the best video of 2009'. Even babies can see the power of it ; )

Some great dance remixes for your pleasure

Fun house (Digital Dog remix), Pink

Head will roll (Tiesto remix)- Yeah, yeah, yeahs

And a great mashup: Nelly Furtado versus MJ versus Timbaland, by Kings of Orange and the mashup monsters

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Today's playlist of 'Angel in the morning' on Cool FM Aruba

Pump it- Black Eyed Peas
You decide- Orange Grove
The day I died- Just Jack

Fame- Irene Cara (today is the release of the remake of Fame. It really was due a remake, as you can see by the clip ; )

Empire state of mind- Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys
She's got me dancing- Tommy Sparks

Take me to the hospital- Prodigy
Rythm is a dancer- Snap

Pass the dutchy- Musical Youth
Boys & girls- Pixie Lott
Basket case- Green day
Rich girls- Down with Webstar

It's time to burn- Storm (2009)
Take back the city- Snow patrol
No one takes away your freedom- Scissor sisters versus the Beatles (mashup)

Pursuit of happiness- Kid Cudi
Calle ocho- Pitbull
Tik tok- Kesha

Look what you've done- Jet
Fergilicious was here- Fergie versus Royksopp (mashup)

Press it up- Sean Paul
One- U2 ft. Mary J. Blidge

Boys and girls- Blur
Celebration- Madonna
Wearing my rolex- Wiley

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Todays playlist of 'Angel in the morning'

Use somebody- Kings of Leon (remix)
Rock the casbah- The Clash

Chillin'- Wale ft. Lady Gagga
You decide- Orange Grove
Long road to ruin- Foo Fighters

Happy- Leona Lewis
Rich girls- Down with Webstar

Boys and girls- Pixie Lott
Alone in the dark- Tiesto

Message to you Ruby- The Specials
Take me to the hospital- Prodigy
Empire state of mind- JayZ ft. Alicia Keys

Sympathy for the devil- Rolling Stone (Neptune remix)

Make me- Janet Jackson
Baby, baby, baby- Make the girl dance

She wants to twist- White Stripes versus N.E.R.D. (mashup)
Black and gold- Adelle (live)

What goes around- Justin Timberlake
Pon da replay- Rihanna

The boy does nothing- Aleshia Dixon
Meant to live- Switchfoot

Mi rowsu- Damaru & Jan Smit
So what- Pink
Pursuit of happiness- Kid Cudi

1234 (I love you)- Plain white Ts
She wolf- Shakira

Monday, September 21, 2009

Always fancied being DJ?

Then this might be the thing for you. Especially if you already are a Guitar Hero fan. It should be coming out in the States this October: DJ Hero ft. Daft Punk.

Perfect entertainment for after a few beers, I'd say. But is it a constructive use of your time? Haha...is it hell!

As some rockstars have already mentioned about Guitar hero: 'If kids would spend as much time learning to play a real instrument as they spend on pressing these buttons, they'd be bloody good at it in no time'.

Oh well, that's senseless entertainment for you. And we all like that sometimes, don't we?

Here's the preview:

Today's playlist of 'Angel in the morning' on Cool FM Aruba

Only love can break your heart 2009 remix- St. Etienne
Break your heart- Taio Cruz

Empire state of mind- JayZ ft. Alicia Keys
Don't lie- black Eyed Peas
Happy- Leona Lewis

American boy- Estelle ft. Kanye West
Drops of Jupitor- Train
Rich girls- Down with Webstar

You decide- Orange Grove
Jamaica- Jimmy Screech
Take me to the hospital- Prodigy
Chillin'- Wale ft. Lady Gagga

Feel good- Gorillaz
Baby, baby, baby- Make the girl dance
Pursuit of happiness- Kid Cudi

The sweet escape- Gwen Steffani
Boys and girls- Pixie Lott
Wonderful world- James Morrison

Hot and cold- Kate Perry
Make me- Janet Jackson
Sexy chick- David Guetta ft. Akon

Alone in the dark- Tiesto
Love is wicked- Brick Lace

Rock& roll- Eric Hutchinson
Get sexy- Sugababes
Break even- The Script

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Sorry, I'm not quite sure how I did this, but it seems that you are all blocked from posting comments on my blog. I will try and fix it somehow.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Belle Lawrence version/remix of 'Let this feeling'

This is more than bizarre. Someone send me a message on MySpace to say that Belle Lawrence has done an '09 version of 'Let this feeling' on Almighty Records: http://www.almightyrecords.com/product/ALMYCD068/

I had no idea! You'd think that the writer/original artist of a certain track would somehow know, wouldn't you? Well...I didn't. Reminds me of that time when I was asked to shoot a video for 'Walk on water', a demo that I once did and hated. Without my knowledge it had been remixed, released and was suddenly on the number 3 spot in (I believe) Sweden.

Still, I am not complaining. I am actually very flattered! Let's see how it does....

And here is the original video one more time:

Today's playlist of 'Angel in the morning' on Cool FM Aruba

Jamaica, Jimmy Screech
Make me, Janet Jackson
Rich girls, Down with Webstar

I'm not alone, Calvin Harris
Funhouse, Pink
Happy, Leona Lewis

Baby, baby, baby, Make the girl dance
Empire state of mind, JayZ ft. Alicia Keys
You decide, Orange grove

Boys and girls, Pixie Lott
Rap das aramas, Cidinho doca

Love is all, Roger Glover

View to a kill, Duran Duran
Sexy chick, david Guetta ft. Akon

Chillin', Wale ft. lady Gagga
Look what you've done, Jet
Suddenly I see, KT Tunstall

Take me to the hospital, the Prodigy
The fear, Lily Allen

I like to move it, Reel to Real
Alone in the dark, Tiesto

The magic switch, Will Smith versus One T Cool T (mashup)
Pursuit of happiness, Kid Cudi

Fergilicious was here, Fergie versus Royksopp (mashup)
She is love, Parachute
Blanco, Pitbull ft. Pharrell

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The biggest ever flashmob? Black Eyed Peas surprise Oprah Winfrey

For the opening of Oprah's 24th season, the Black Eyed Peas surpised Oprah with a huge synchronized dance by the whole audience. Great stunt!!!

Today's playlist of 'Angel in the morning' on Cool FM Aruba

Funky bahia, Mendez ft. Will. I.AM
Paper planes, M.I.A.
I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight, U2

Baby, baby, baby, Make the girl dance
Hold my hand, Sean Paul

Don't look back, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh (Big up! to Mick Jagger's crazy dancing!)

Try again, Aaliyah
Boys and girls, Pixie Lott
Rich girls, Down with Webstar

You decide, Orange grove
Evacuate the dance floor, Cascada
Chillin’, Wale ft. Lady Gaga

Bodies, Robbie Williams
Make me, Janet Jackson
The black Beatles, Beatles versus Ludacris and Black Eyed Peas (mashup)

The rain, Calvin Harris

Funhouse, Pink
Love cats, the Cure

Sexy chick, David Guetta ft. Akon
Meet me halfway, the Black Eyed Peas
Run, Leona Lewis

The day I died, Just Jack
Crazy in love, Beyonce and JayZ
Grace Kelly, Mika

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today's playlist 'Angel in the morning' on Cool FM Aruba

Hold my hand, Sean Paul
The day I died, Just Jack
Chillin’, Wale ft. Lady Gaga

Baby, baby, baby, Make the girl dance
Evacuate the dance floor, Cascada

Here comes the sun, the Beatles
All you need is love, the Beatles
Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, the Beatles

Rich girls, Down with Webstar
Fire, Kasabian

Sexy chick, David Guetta ft. Akon
Wake me up inside, Evanescence & Linkin Park
22, Lily Allen

You decide, Orange grove
Make me, Janet Jackson

I’ll go crazy if i don’t go crazy tonight, U2
Billy Jean, Michael Jackson
Just lose my mind, Eminem versus Stereo MCs (mashup)

Can’t stop moving, Sonny J
One day, Matisyahu
Funky Bahia, Mendez ft. Will.I.AM
Heartless, the Fray

Celebration, Madonna
She’s got me dancing, Tommy Sparks

Funhouse, Pink
Brighter than sunshine, Aqualung

Meet me halfway, Black Eyed Peas
I love college, Asher Roth

Re: Comments and Following this blog

Hi everyone,

My appologies to those who have been trying to post comments and noticed that they couldn't. I basically chucked everyone out of my 'followers' who I didn't somehow recognize. So people without a proper name or photo. This is my last attempt to continue blogging (in an enjoyable manner), as my blogging joy had been zapped away by a few twats who kept leaving nasty comments. So if I banned you by accident, I am sorry. Please try and rejoin. Preferably with photo, so I know who you are.

Thanks for sticking by me!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

You may like this!

Thought this might put a smile on your face. If the track doesn't, the clip may well ; )

Playlist 'Angel in the morning' on Cool FM, Sept.15th

Wale ft. Lady Gaga, Chillin’
Use somebody, Kings of Leon

Rich girls, Down with Webstar
The day I died, Just Jack
Mi Rowsu, Damaru (Dutch version)

Are you gonna be my Honey, Moby versus Jet (mashup)
Evacuate the dance floor, Cascada
All summer long, Kid Rock (re issue)

Run this town, Jay Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
Get sexy, Sugababes
You belong with me, Tayler Swift
You decide, Orange grove

Funny the way it is, Dave Matthews Band
I would die 4 U, Prince
New York, Paloma Faith

Heartbeat, Nneka
Sexy chick, David Guetta ft. Akon
Looking for love, Karen Ramirez

While you wait for the others, Grizzly bear
22, Lily Allen

I’ll go crazy if i don’t go crazy tonight, U2
Make her say, Kid Cudi ft. Kanye West, Common & Lady Gagga
Parachute, She is love

Perfect, Depeche Mode
Blanco, Pitbull ft. Pharrell
Take back the city, Snow Patrol

Monday, September 14, 2009

Playlist 'Angel in the morning' on Cool FM, 14th of September

Get shaky, Ian Carey Project
Rich girls, Down with Webstar
Mi Rowsu, Damaru (Dutch version)
Evacuate the dance floor, Cascada

I saw her standing there, The Beatles
Church of the poison mind, Culture Club

Funhouse, Pink
1234 (I love you), Plain white Ts
Bodies, Robbie Williams
Juan Magan ft. Bodytalk, akordeon de la vida

You decide, Orange grove
Heartbeat, Nneka
Rainy day, Coldplay
Take me to the hospital, Prodigy

22, Lily Allen
Sweet dreams, Beyonce (club mix)
She’s a genius, Jet
Mary J Blidge, Just fine

Jamaica, Jimmy Screech
While you wait for the others, Grizzly bear
Milkshake, Kelis

Don’t look back in anger, Oasis
Lala song, Bob Sinclar ft. Sugarhill gang
ABC, Jackson 5 (Salaam Remi remix)

Sexy chick, David Guetta ft. Akon
Dream world, Robin Thicke
Get sexy, Sugababes

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Op z'n Hollands

Just thought I'd give you a quick update...most of 'Op z'n Hollands' has been filmed. It was good fun. Now we'll have to wait and see if it looks okay on TV. We had some major teething problems with the show, but solved them after a while. I'm now in discussion about a new TV project.

My radioshow 'Angel in the morning' now runs from 10am-12pm, mon-fri on www.coolaruba.com. Every day I get phonecalls and MSN messages of listeners who want to know the names of certain tracks that I play, so I have decided to use this blog for my daily playlist, starting tomorrow.

And, by the way, I am no longer in the band RetroMatic.

Adios, my dears!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

David Guetta's brilliant new album, 'One love'

Well....it's been a while....hasn't it? I have no excuse, apart from the fact that my life has been a bit 'up in the air' lately. I'll explain at some point..

Anyway, I decided that this had to be on the blog, the teaser for the upcoming David Guetta album, 'One love'. It's gonna be huge! Obviously! Crazy list of collaborations too. Enjoy...

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Rye Rye- Bang (feat. M.I.A.)

From the 'Fast & Furious' movie soundtrack, the brilliant track 'Bang', by Baltimore artist Rye Rye, who is the first act signed to M.I.A.'s record label N.E.E.T.

Love the gritty, urban feel of this tune and love, love, love the dancing! This is such a Partyzone track and vid. Enjoy!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Such a sad life

You know, the more I listen to and watch the many stories and comments about Michael Jackson, the sadder I get. His life was pretty awful. From the get-go his life wasn't his own. It's like he purely excisted for other people's entertainment. The amount of work he had to do from such a young age & the abuse he suffered from his controling dad, it's horrible...and the world just watched and applauded.

Let this be a lesson to us all. Young kids should never be pushed like that. It's unfair. Even when they are that talented. It should be seen as a form of child-abuse & treated like that. Poor Michael never got to experience what 'normal' life was like. No wonder he became such a messed up adult.

The other side of that, is that he became a better performer then virtually anyone in the world, because he trained that hard & was pushed that hard from the get-go. They have said that, to become the best at something, you have to (at least) practice 10.000 hours. I can't think of the amount of hours he put into his art.

But it does make for a sad life, I think. Living in a bubble. Ridiculed & adored in equal messures.

His music and his legacy will live on, but I hope that part of his legacy will be the warning that young kids have to be kids, because otherwise they can never become well-adjusted, happy adults.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson is dead

What a shock! Michael Jackson has died of a cardiac arrest. Shit! How sad, how weird.
Was it because of the pressure of the 50 'This is it' tourdates that were nearing? Did it suddenly dawn on him what that really meant? And was that when his heart stopped? Would he have been able to do these dates in the first place? I never thought the concerts were going to happen (as I said in a BBC worldservice interview at the time), but never expected it all to end like this. This really is so sad.

And the aftermath of his life is going to be as messy, chaotic and bizarre as his life ever was. Quite possibly, even worse.

Of course, there are his three children, kids who were given up at birth by their (money-grabbing) mothers & who have spend their lifes behind masks or with bags over heads. I guess we'll get to see their faces now? How messed up are these kids going to be? And where will they go? Will their birth-mothers come back out of the woodworks now and claim them and their (possible) inheritance? Or will they go to someone in the Jackson family?

What is going to happen to the many courtcases, debts, etc. that were still largely undealt with? What will happen to Neverland? What will happen to the Beatles back- catalogue? Will it really be returned to Sr. Paul McCartney, like Michael had recently suggested? He had said that after his death, all rights would be returned to McCartney.

Will lots of people (including some of the young boys who had sleep-overs at his house) now come out with their revelations & memoirs?

And finally, what is going to happen to all the people who bought tickets for any of his 50 concert dates? Will they get their money back? And who'll pay for all the expenses made so far?

What a mess. I can't think of any star who has ever left behind such a widespread chaos to be dealt with.

But, as Larry King just said about Michael Jackson: 'It was hard to like him, but it was also hard not to like him'.

And no one can deny...a legend has just passed. May he rest in peace & may those around him find some peace in the end too (I'm afraid that this will take much, much longer)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

N.A.S.A. - A Volta (feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank, & Lovefoxxx)

Even though this promo is incredibly violent, I do like it. It's like a bunch of dolls playing out some kind of Tarantino movie.

Directed by Logan and taken of the album 'Spirit of Apollo'

Apparently, the Spanish that's spoken in the clip is directly translated from English and makes no sense at all (that's what I've been told anyway). Very funny/strange.

Don't let kids watch this!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Dodgy acapella from General Base on the Partyzone

This was such a funny moment. I had forgotten about it until my friend Tavi from the Eurodance blog sent me the link.

We (the Partzone team) were never too keen on many of these studio/eurodance acts & asking them to sing live during a Partyzone interview was one way to find out if they were actually able to sing. This woman-obviously- couldn't. It was an awful acapella. And what we found the funniest, was her producer (who was sitting next to her on the sofa) sticking his finger in his ear as she sang. Plus the dodgy acapella rap....priceless!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

This is why I need a crew!

Last weekend was the Soulbeach festival in Aruba and we got treated to some great performances by Estelle, Jamie Foxx, Common, Robin Thicke, Etana and Wayne Bradie. I am not much a soul/R&B fan, but I still had a lovely time on the beach.

Estelle was great. She has an amazing voice and is such a lovely and funny London girl! I was chatting with her backstage and was just so gutted that I had no camera team with me, we could have done such a nice interview! All I had was my sister's Blackberry, so I decided to- at least- take our picture. Funny though, I had no idea how to do that. Estelle had to set it up for me. I am so useless with all forms of technology. See? That's why I need a crew!

I also didn't realize until later that you can make voice-recordings on a Blackberry. I got a quick ident from Robin Thicke and a few lovely rants from Common, but I messed them up too! Only the Robin Thicke one got recorded. See? I told you. I'm crap with technology/buttons, etc.

By the way, Robin Thicke was brilliant too. Incredible voice, only it's a bit weird to see him bump and grind and fake orgasms on stage, without making fun of himself in some shape or form. If he was having a laugh with it, he'd be able to get away with it (ala Robbie Williams), but now it just looked rediculous. Shame!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Great! An old MTV's Most Wanted moment!!!

The funny thing is, I can't remember this for the life of me. I do remember being on Most Wanted occasionally with Ray Cokes, but this particular incidence I completely forgot (together with about 90% of my MTV years...)

Great to watch back though. And I think what shines through is that Ray and I have always gotten on so well. And then there is the mention of playing truth of dare with Steve Blame. I remember sitting under a blanket in a park in Berlin after a particular heavy night out with Steve Blame and playing truth or dare. The truths that would come out of Steve Blame's mouth always trumped everyone else's. The guy is a shocker! (in the good sense of the word)

Oh....I just noticed...it's the 14th of May. Steve Blame is performing with a punk band tonight somewhere in Germany. I tell you, that man never ceases to amaze me. He's such a lovely oddball. Blow up the soundsystem Steve!!!! I'm thinking of you....

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

James Hyman/Quentin Tarantino mashup movie trailer

Anyone who ever listened to my radioshow will know that I love mashups. And that love was ignited many years ago by James Hyman's old mashups on the Partyzone, called the Partyzone mega-mixes. He since released several brilliant mashup albums and has become a music consultant on many movies, including the Guy Ritchie movies. Here's a video version of his Quentin Tarantino mix-CD (please note...this is not approapriate viewing for young kids)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The latest on Nadja's case...

From the BBC News webpage:

A singer from the German girl band No Angels arrested on suspicion of infecting a partner with HIV has been released from custody.

Prosecutors say Nadja Benaissa, 26, had unprotected sex with three men without informing them she was infected, and that one later tested positive himself.

Ms Benaissa's lawyers said she should enjoy the presumption of innocence.

A spokesman for a court in the town of Darmstadt said her release was subject to certain undisclosed conditions.

Ms Benaissa was arrested in Frankfurt 10 days previously, before she was due to perform in a solo concert. The prosecutor's office in the western town of Darmstadt said she had been detained because of the "urgent suspicion" that she slept with three people between 2004 and 2006, without telling them she was HIV-positive.

She reportedly faces a possible charge of grievous bodily harm. But her lawyers note that there is no proof that she infected anyone.

Benaissa was chosen to join No Angels in 2000 through the TV casting show Popstars.
The group recorded a series of hits and emerged as Germany's most successful girl band.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Nadja Benaissa's shocking arrest

Many people have been asking me to comment on Nadja's arrest recently, as she is one of the original members of the girlgroup 'No Angels', the band I helped form on the German show 'Popstars'.

On April 11, 2009, Nadja was arrested on suspicion of having had unprotected intercourse on several occassions in 2004 and 2006 without beforehand informing her partners that she is HIV-positive, allegedly infecting one partner with HIV. She faces a possible charge of dangerous bodily harm. She was remanded in custody, after a judge ruled there was a danger she might repeat the alleged offence. If found guilty, the offence would carry a sentence of six months to ten years imprisonment.

Obviously, I'm in shock about the whole case. This is just awful. And it's weird to read something like that about someone you know.

When we picked Nadja for the band, one of the reasons was the fact that she had been living quite a 'hard life' up till then. She was a single mum & was desperately trying to make ends meet. She was a bit wild child before, but it seemed that she had faced her demons. I didn't know that she had caught HIV (I assume she became infected during those early years), but we were well aware of her past & we wanted to give her the chance to have a better future. For herself and for her daughter too.

Everything seemed to have worked out so great and now this...

Some people asked me what I expected was going on through her mind. Did she think 'If I am going to die, I'm bringing some people down with me'? Surely not. I can't imagine that that would be the case.

I did once know a young rent boy (hanging out in the London gay scene, I used to know many) who was HIV-positive. He had told me so himself and I also knew the person he caught it from. Soon after he had poured his heart out to me, he 'disappeared' from the scene. No one knew where he had gone and we were all quite worried about him, but assumed that he had gone back to be with his family.

Roughly a year later, he showed up on my doorstep. He looked like any other 19-year-old. Healthy, clean, well-dressed, etc. He came in and told me about his life. He had moved up North, got a job and a new girlfriend. He chatted for ages and was all happy and bubbly. I, on the other hand, got quieter by the minute and wondered how he was dealing with the HIV and wondered if he had told his new, young girlfriend about his past.

When I asked him, he just blew up in my face. 'What are you suggesting? Are you saying I'm gay? I'm not gay. I'm not HIV positive. You're full of s***t!' He stormed out of my house and I never saw him again. This was before mobile phones, email accounts, etc. So I didn't have any way to contact him again.

When I discussed his reaction with another friend who's a counsellor to HIV and Aids patients, he told me that- sadly enough- this is a reaction they see more often than anyone realizes. Many people go into complete denial and continue to infect others by pretending 'that nothing is wrong'.

Is this what happened in Nadja's case? I don't know. But it's one possible explanation for what happened. Of course, this doesn't make her reckless behaviour any more excusible.

Let this be a lesson to everyone though, that we can't be complacent when it comes to safe sex. Even the most beautiful, successful, 'picture of health' people can be HIV carriers & they may not share their health status with you, if they are even aware of it to start with.

So be safe!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

If there is still anyone out there who hasn't yet watched Susan Boyle's performance...watch it now!

This is amazing! I can't embed the clip, but watch the performance of Susan Boyle on 'Britain's got talent'.

Her performance has so far received 5 million hits on Utube (It's been taken off the site by now). Even Hollywood actress Demi Moore has joined the legions of fans who have voiced their support on the internet.

Ms Boyle, who is currently unemployed, is a keen church-goer and community worker who is well-known for her Karaoke performances. She has shared with the audience that 'she has never been kissed' and has dreamed of being a singer since the age of 12 (she is now 47)

Watch this uplifting clip now!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Ape Magazine & RetoMatic gig

For those of you in Aruba...my band RetroMatic are back on stage at Chaos, this Saturday the 4th of April at 11.00 pm. Please, come out and support! It's gonna be fun.

And for those of you who can read Dutch, check out my recent interview with Ape Magazine. Also available for free at the Free Record Shop & at clubs, gig and festivals in Holland: www.apemagazine.nl (April issue, pages 30-31)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What the f***?

Can you imagine being Michael Jackson's child? Living with a bag over your head? (when you go out) This seems like child-abuse to me. But maybe I'm the weird one?

Surely if anyone else walked their child around like this, they would be reported to the child protection agency? I worry what his kids are going to be like when they're grown up. This stuff can't be doing them any good. And- according to certain reports- Michael Jackson wants to adopt an English child when he's doing his long stretch of concerts in London. Someone stop this man! Let him jump around on stage if he wants to (though I have serious doubts that he will manage to do these 50 dates), but don't allow him to have any more children. This is just not right!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lady Sovereign, 'So human'

This clip made me laugh. Lady Sovereign so reminds me of myself many, many years ago...wearing silly hats, crazy hair and wild colourful outfits. And I just know how she will feel many years from now when she looks back at her clips, photo's, etc. She will find it rather hillarious and shake her head at many of the 'fashion mistakes', just like I do now when I look back at mine. Still, I believe that the world needs people like her to make it colourful. So 'Big up!' to Lady Sovereign.

I also understand that feeling of not fitting in with the many 'barbies' in the industry. I always saw myself as a steetwise tomboy, just like I assume Lady Sovereign does.

Love the way she has covered the old Cure track in this. Yep, the whole thing is rather cute.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Our next RetroMatic performance

We will be back onstage at Chaos Cafe in Aruba this coming Saturday, the 14th of March, from about 11.30 pm.

BTW...now that we're adding more and more current tracks ('So what?' from Pink, 'I kissed a girl' from Katie Perry, etc.) to our set, our name is making less sense all the time. We are becoming less 'Retro' than we had first intended. Maybe now is the time to change our name?

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Justin Timberlake taking the piss out of John Mayer

This is quite funny...and- who knows- it may start a proper bitch fight between Justin Timberlake and John Mayer. Scroll the clip up to about five and a half minutes and watch Justin do a- not so flattering- impersonation of John Mayer, who he calls 'the love child of Macy Gray and Smokey the Bear'. That, plus a bunch of other impersonations do show off Justin's acting and singing talents again. Oh...he's just such a charismatic guy, that Justin....

Monday, March 02, 2009

Röyksopp's latest release 'Happy Up Here'

This is the first release of the forthcoming 'Junior' album by the Norwegian electronic/dance music duo Röyksopp. The album will be out on the 23rd of March and- if this track is anything to go by- it's gonna be (as James Hyman would say ; ) the rinse! This track is very approapriately named 'Happy up here' & it does put a smile on my face. I will even go as far as saying that it's my favorite Röyksopp track so far. I'm looking forward to the rest of the new material.

How bored am I with Rihanna and Chris Brown????

Right! That's it! I will never again waste a blog posting on Rihanna and Chris Brown. This is the last time. They are so bloody stupid! Why on earth is she back with him again? So she can get beaten up again? She needs to grow up and build a little more self-respect!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Pussycat dolls, Jai Ho (from Slumdog Millionaire)

It has been great to hear that the child actors from the movie Slumdog Millionaire have received a heroes' welcome back in Mumbai when they returned from their Oscars adventure in LA (where the movie won 8 awards)

This is especially touching as the movie received such critisism to start with in India, with many people there taking offense with the movie's name.

Two of the child actors have now even been given free housing by the local government, as they were still living in slum conditions, with one of the actor's family living under a tarpaulin by the side of a busy road.

So the story of the movie has now become a reality, in a way. As the film is a rags-to-riches story about the winner of game show Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.

These child actors will now all receive an education too. Isn't that great? Of course, this is the kind of stuff that is close to my heart as I spent years trying to get disadvantaged kids in Belize an education. So anyway...this kinda stuff makes me happy. I just wished that all children in the world would be fortunate enough to live in a decent, clean and safe environment and would be able to attend school. But at least, these are a few more kids with a better chance of a possitive future.

Here's a track of the movie:

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Internet problems...

Haven't been able to blog much as we have lost our internet connection at home and in the radio studio I never have enough time....

For today, just a quick picture of my performance last friday. As you can see, I was having a good time!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Oasis' new video 'Falling down'

Very odd vid, directed by WIZ. I kept waiting for something to happen in it, but nothing did. Okay, it gets revealed that the woman in the clip is royalty and that the Oasis boys (rebels that they are ; ) shun her. But that's about all. Not WIZ's best work.

I like the Oasis/Beatles look and Liam's usual little bounce at the end of one shot is kinda cute too (oh, the things we girls notice ; )

Anyway, it's the third single of their 'Dig out your soul' album. In stores now.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Chris Brown versus Rihanna

It's been a rather shocking case, hasn't it? Chris Brown battering Rihanna in his car on their way to the Grammy's the other night. She apparently suffered a black eye, bloody nose, scratch-marks/bite-marks on her arms, plus it has been suggested that Chris Brown had tried to choke her and had threatened her that he was going to kill her.

The police officers who took pictures of Rihanna onsite said that her injuries were 'a devastating proof of abuse'. Chris Brown fled the scene. But has since 'spoken' on his Facebook page, saying that Rihanna will now start to show her real colours (which ones does he mean? The bruises he added to her face?) and he has changed his relationship status to 'single'.

Chris Brown has revealed in the past that his mother used to get beaten by his stepdad and that witnessing that abuse had scared him. Chris Brown obviously needs help. He is a young, talented guy with so much going for him, but this is going to destroy his life if he doesn't make changes now and digs deep within himself to the root of the problem.

He needs to appologies to Rihanna and to the rest of the world (seeing as the world is watching this case). He needs to admit that beaten a woman is always wrong, no matter how much she annoys you. Just like, as a parent, I am NEVER in my right to beat my children, and believe you me...they often annoy the hell out of me! You just don't beat someone up. Especially not someone who is physically weaker than you (so if he wants to enter the ring with some world champion female fighter & she agrees to the fight...then that's okay, as far as I am concerned)

Chris Brown's family also have to realize that by sticking up for his actions, they are not helping him. They need to admit that he was wrong for beating her, or he will continue to believe that his actions could somehow be justified.

And Rihanna could take this (awful) opportunity and use it in a possitive way. If she shows strength and determination to walk away from this, and all other, abuse relationships in her life, she could function as a rolemodel for the millions of women and children (and in a few cases men) out there who are victims of domestic abuse. Please Rihanna...take a stand! Speak out about this and get the help that you need.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Peter Bjorn and John, 'Nothing to worry about'

What a good tune and marvelous vid, with some crazy asian rocker dudes! I get the feeling that this is genuine too. At least, I assume that this really is a group that meets in town on their bikes and then do some weird dancing together. Wonderfully bizarre.

And I love that Kanye West was blogging about this track too and that he was bigging it up!

It looks like the Swedish popsters Peter Bjorn and John are gonna do well with this.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Daily radioshow

Just wanted to let you all know that today I have started doing a daily radioshow on Cool FM, called 'Angel in the morning'.

So instead of doing my Saturday afternoon show for the station, I now broadcast every mon-fri, 10.30 am- 12.00 pm, Aruban time (-4 GMT) You can watch and listen to me live on the Cool FM website: http://www.coolaruba.com/

I have to admit though, watching a radio DJ at work is generally bit boring (definitely not the same as watching a VJ ; ) but still....

And you can chat with me whilst I'm on-air. Either by Messenger (angelmorning@live.com ) or just send me a text on Aruba phone number: (297)-747 3562

Looking forward to hearing from you

Friday, January 30, 2009

My predictions were right (this time)

When I blogged about that BBC shortlist for 2009, I wrote about which artists I had the highest hopes for. My top 3 was Frankmusik with '3 little words', Lady Gaga with 'Just dance' & Kid Cudi with 'Day 'n Night'.

It turns out that I picked the most succesful ones off that list as Lady Gaga's 'Just dance' is currently holding the UK number 1 spot and Kid Cudi is right behind her at number 2 with 'Day 'n Night'. I'm not quite sure how Frankmusik is doing, but I still stick to my guns on that one too. I think it's a great track. Maybe it will pop up again in the future (becoming part of a commercial, movie or something along those lines)

The official winner of the BBC's list was Little boots. Who, I think, is not bad, but not the best of that list.

Anyway, I already told you before...I also do miss the mark sometimes. But it feels good when you get it right : )

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daniel Merriweather, Change

Daniel Merriweather...you may be more familiar with this man's voice than with his name as he has been doing backing vocals on tracks by Mark Ronson and others in the past, but now he's ready to show himself to the world with his own album, which will be out in April 2009. To give us all a taster of what's to come, here's the first single off the album; 'Change' (and a mighty fine taster it is too ; )

My only criticism to Daniel is the fact that he flaps his hands around like he is some kind of player or black rap star. To me that always looks silly on white boys (unless your name is Eminem, then you are forgiven) Great voice though!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Follow this blog

For my regular blog readers...I've just put on this new add-on, so we can see who's all 'part of the family'. Sign in on the right-hand side at 'follow this blog'.

2009 remix of Storm's 'Time to burn'

Big up to the power and interconnectedness of the Internet! I blogged about the 2009 remake of ‘King of my castle’ and got a personal ‘thank you’ note through MySpace from the man responsible for the remix, Rowald Styen.

And now he has contacted me again to tell me about his latest adventure, a 2009 remix of Storm’s ‘Time to burn’.

As I watched the Utube clip, I got so bloody excited. I try not to swear these days (all part of becoming a mum, I guess ; ) but throughout hearing the tune, I couldn’t stop myself from saying: ‘F*****g hell...F*****g hell’, whilst grinning from ear to ear.

This is the kind of track that can always re-ignite my passion for dance music. As I hear it, I am transported back into a club, hands in the air, shaking my head in disbelieve at the giganticness of this tune. Big up! Of course, the original was already fantastic and gigantic, but I always found that there were a few moments where the track crossed from being accessible to being a bit cheesy and even other mixes that have come out since have not been able to remove that occassionally cheesy feel. Rowald Steyn, in my opinion, is the first person who’s managed to do that.

I am also happy to hear Mark Spoon’s legacy carried forward. I always worried for him and his wild partying ways and, sadly enough, it was a fear that turned out not to be unfounded. He died of a suspected heart attack in 2006. Rest in my peace, my friend!

Mark Spoon, by the way, was at the heart of my infamous ‘wandering around the streets of Berlin in a dressing gown’ incident. I’m not sure if I have ever shared that story yet. It’s a bit of a mad one.

Anyway, check out this 2009 mix of ‘Time to burn’...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A sucker for your sound, I Monster

What an original promo! Done by New York-based director Mike Ritchie. The single 'Sucker for your sound' has just been released (17th of Jan) and is available on 7" vinyl and download format through the Twins of Evil label.

The I Monster website is brilliant too. Go check it out!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Alex James from Blur: Coldplay were 'ordinary'

This is quite a funny article that I just found on the BBC's Newsbeat page. It shows how easy it is to misjudge a new act. Personally, I've been right about some artists in the past, but made some major misjudgements too. For instance, I was totally wrong about the Spicegirls back in the days (I was convinced they'd never make it) and I also am starting to take back my earlier judgement on Katy Perry. I expected her to be a one-hit wonder, but 'Hot 'n cold' ended up growing on me & 'Thinking of you' definitely shows that she is way more talented than I ever gave her credit for.

Anyway, this is that Newsbeat article:

Blur's Alex James has said that he passed on signing Coldplay to his record label in the 90s. The bassist went to see them with his fellow label heads, artist Damien Hirst and late Clash frontman Joe Strummer, but thought they were "ordinary".

"Then again, I still think Coldplay are a fairly ordinary band, although the singer is good," he wrote in The Spectator magazine.

James compared them to The Beatles and Blur - all found it hard to get a deal.
"We all thought they were ordinary and passed on them," he wrote. "I think everybody did, except Parlophone, just like [what] happened with The Beatles - and Blur."

Decca Records rejected The Beatles in 1962 before they signed to Parlophone, famously declaring "guitar groups are on the way out".

James, who will again play with Blur when they reform for a series of gigs this summer, explained that he, Hirst and Strummer preferred forgotten indie band Murry The Hump to Coldplay.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Trying to upload clips...

I am starting to get so frustrated. Been trying to upload some clips that I digitized ages ago (my Tina Turner interview, plus Harald Schmidt show from spring 2001)

I found these clips again on an old external hard-drive and I have been trying the upload them onto Dropshots, straight on to Blogger and I have even tried to burn them onto a DVD (just to see if that was possible). But none of it worked. I think the problem is that the clips start with a menu, I then have to click onto the chapter and that's when the clips play. So how do I now get these clips out of the hard-drive and on to my blog? Any suggestions anyone?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My final days at MTV...

I guess it’s time for me to share this story now. It’s not that I want to revisit that time particularly- as it was such a painful period in my life- but you guys have asked me about it & I am not one for keeping secrets. So, here goes...

As I said many times before, MTV is an amazing company to work for. But sadly enough, it is a terrible company to get fired from. Each one of us, former MTV employees, have our own painful story of ‘being dumped by the one we loved so much’.

To be honest though, my ‘ending’ was much to my own doing. I had tried to leave MTV for years. Every time when MTV was letting people off (something that would hang over the offices for months and caused a horrible nervous atmosphere), I would go into the boss’s office and offer my resignation. Yet every time I was told that they didn’t want me to go and would offer me more money. So each time I stayed.

The reason why I had wanted to leave was that I had been there for so long. There was nothing new for me to learn & I saw no new challenges in my daily work. The ‘feel’ of the company had also changed over the years and had become very ‘corporate’. I craved a new challenge. Plus, I had having freaky nightmares about me being an old lady who was still hanging around the MTV dressing rooms (I looked like that crazy old woman from the movie ‘Whatever happened to baby Jane’). So anyway, I felt that I needed to move on.

But I never had the guts to actually leave (apart from those feeble attempts whenever they were laying off staff). The main reason for this was that I felt safe and accepted at MTV. It was my home away from home, as I had left my mother’s house at the age of 18 and moved straight to London. So MTV had become my new family in this foreign land. I grew up at MTV and in front of the MTV cameras.

The perks of being a VJ was also something that I had grown accustomed to. MTV would give me hefty clothing allowances every month, plus a personal stylist to shop with. Like most other VJs, I used the MTV taxi service all over town, I sent my parcels through the MTV postal service & used the MTV phones to call my family in Holland. I had also grown accustomed to travelling non-stop (my average was 2 foreign countries a week). Plus I was more than used to my ‘access all areas’ lifestyle.

But in the lead-up to being fired I had done something that I had never done before. On the Harald Schmidt show (a big German talk show) I announced that I was leaving MTV at the end of that year. But when that date came nearer and nearer I got cold feet and hoped that everyone would forget about my big announcement. I did say ‘no’ to more and more mainstream shoots and projects on MTV and started to spend more time away from the company. But I didn’t expect to actually leave.

Then, one day, I was called into the office of a new boss. I had no idea why she wanted to see me. She just said ‘Simone, we’re taking the Partyzone off air. You are fired’. It was so unexpected and such a shock that I started to cry. And I hated myself for that. If I had known what she was going to say, I’m sure that I would have been fine. I felt so stupid for crying, especially as her office had big windows and everyone could see me. I walked out of her office humiliated & that was not the way I had intended to leave after all those beautiful years.

It was all made worse though when my dear friends and colleagues came straight up to me and said ‘Simone, we’re so sorry for you’. It turned out that everyone had known, apart from me. And no one told me. Not even James or Tania, my two best friends at the company. They said ‘We were told not to tell you’.

James and I had always had a ‘suicide pact’. We promised each other that we would leave the company together. But I was leaving alone. He also didn’t have the guts to follow through (as you know, we are still very close friends, so I have obviously forgiven him for this).

The rest of my period at MTV (the final days) was all a haze. There were no goodbyes, apart from a short tape that my colleagues made, with lots of ‘Good luck Simone’ and ‘We love you’. They also collected some money amongst themselves and gave me a bracelet that I still wear to this day.

My last shoot was with a crew that I never worked with. It was on top of a snowy mountain and at the end of the shoot, they forgot about me and left. So there I was, stranded on top of an Austrian mountain, feeling more lonely and betrayed than I had ever been.

No one had actually told me if my other show, the German version of the Dancefloor chart, was ending too. So I came back to the studio, filmed my show and asked afterwards ‘So what happens now? Are we still filming next week?’ No one seemed to know. And that was the last I ever heard of my German crew. No goodbye at all.

And obviously, it was not true that Partyzone or the Dancefloor chart had ended. It was only me that had been taken off air.

So there you go. It may not seem like such hurtful or shocking a story to you, but it was an awful period in my life. My main feeling was that of being betrayed by my own ‘family’. I just wished that it had been done differently. I was fine about the leaving part, but it’s the way that it was done that was so horrible. Still, others were fired in even worse ways than that at MTV. I’ll say it again ‘MTV is a great company to work for, but an awful company to be fired from’.

By the way, I still am good friends with many old MTV colleagues, including the big, big boss Bill Roedy. He is the sweetest man and is the best boss I have ever had. So it’s not the people that I ended up angry with, but the corporate monster that is now MTV.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Free download: Colin Munroe is the unsung hero

Just found this on the ever fabulous OnSmash. It's from the Canadian artist Colin Munroe, who you may know from his 'I want those flashing lights' (the Kanye West remix). After checking out Colin Munroe's MySpace page I have started to see what a great talent he is.

You can download Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero mix-tape on OnSmash too.

This is the video for his track "Piano Lessons" featuring Joell Ortiz & produced by Black Milk. Directed by Philip Sportel.

One thing I don't understand though...why is he giving all his album tracks away like that? Can someone explain to me how this all works? I'm confused (though happy with the wonderful freebie : )

Monday, January 05, 2009

Happy 2009, my dear blog readers!

Yes, I think it's going to be a good year. Let's make 2009 a year that is filled with music, fun and adventure!

And thank you all for your birthday wishes and for staying in touch whilst I was busy hanging out with my family over the holiday season. The kids are back in school now, so I can finally start digging around the Internet again for music news stories, great new tunes and vids.

As a comment on my Christmas posting, Fil asked me about my last days at MTV. It's funny how reading those questions still made me feel emotional. They certainly aren't the kind of questions that can be answered quickly. I need to look at what I can and cannot say without getting into big trouble with MTV/Viacom. Which is something that needs to be done soon anyway as I've been asked to write down my complete MTV story for a book. I will let you know if that plan become a reality in the near future or not.

There are some other- rather exciting- plans for 2009, but I'd rather wait with sharing details until I have more certainty that they are really going to happen (you never know in this industry)

Even so, I am thrilled that this new year has started and I have total faith that it is going to be a great one!

Happy New Year everybody!!!!!