Summer...

Yoo,

Life is good.

I'm really happy that I get to say that. I'm very lucky that I get to say that. And I'm also very grateful I get to say that.

This Summer has been awesome so far. In fact, screw it - 2015 has been awesome so far! Now the madness of July has gone, I've finally had time to reflect and realise just how nice these past few months have been.

I've had the pleasure of going to all the Notts festivals and had many fun, odd, and downright brilliant experiences. No Tomorrow was a personal highlight. Jessie Ware, John Newman and Blonde were all pretty incredible.

Philip George @ No Tomorrow Festival 2015

Philip George @ No Tomorrow Festival 2015

Working with Saint Raymond and Liam Bailey on their debut album launches was pretty special - and the pieces of content we made to go along with them - the Nusic Presents are possibly my favourite pieces of work I've put my name to. Check 'em out below.

What else is new in my life? Oh yeah, I met a lovely lady that goes by the name of Nikki. If any of you stalk my social media, you've probs seen her face a bit. She's a lovely human being who I very much enjoy spending my time with. She makes me a better person - and keeps me happy (as long as she isn't dissing my music taste!) pretty much all the time. The only issue is she lives in Grimbsy, but, you know, we're making it work. Trains can actually be quite therapeutic if you put yourself in the right mindset. 

Most of you will know I've always had a bit of a thing for country music. And, that thing has grown. I think if you forced me, now I'd say my favourite genre of music is country. Even overtaking flat-out pop (I know, big talk!) Now, I'm not particularly talking about traditional country, more country with plenty of pop influence. That lil vid above this para is one of my favourite songs I've ever heard. It's got over a 100 plays in my iTunes at the min, and I only first heard it a month or so ago!

Oh, and I went to the most epic birthday party in the world the other week! It was for my mate James. Live bands, portaloos (seriously man, how cool is that?), food stalls, it was so sick. I took some photos (tried out my fancy new wide-angle lens!). You can check 'em out below...

I know you're probs getting bored now, so I'll wrap this up. But in the least cheesy way possible, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who makes my life as good as it is. My family, my friends, my colleagues. You're all pretty awesome. And I'm pretty damn happy right now, so thank you.

Much love,

Sam x

Everyday I'm Hustlin'...

Yo,

Before you get on at me about missing a day, don't. Cos I had planned to do a post when I got back home yesterday, but it wasn't until four in the morning, I sat down to take my shoes off, and then passed out, fully clothed, with my shoes on. 

BUT, it was all oh so worth it. For you non-Nottingham peeps who have no idea what I'm going on about, yesterday was the return of Hockley Hustle, a music festival in Notts with 40 venues taking part, and over 400 acts performing. Absolutely mental.

I was running the Left Lion stage at Broadway Cinema and I'm not gonna lie, the weeks before the event, I was absolutely bricking it. I'd never done anything like it before, and the LL stage is one of the biggest stages so there was a lot to sort out.

I'm so happy though, cos everything went so smoothly. Seriously, between 10AM and 4AM when I actually got to sleep, we only had one slight hitch, which was sorted within about five minutes. We were running on time through pretty much the whole night, and the most we ran behind was by about half an hour which I was well chuffed with.

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All the acts who were on the stage were bloody incredible. Seriously, if there's one thing that this festival proved it's how varied the musical talent in Nottingham is, even just our stage had a 40 piece barbershop choir, Blues, Pop, Soul, Opera, Dance, Electro, a 4X World Champion in DMC, and more!

I owe massive thanks to the staff at the Broadway. I couldn't have done it without them. Both the managers who were mega helpful in the running of the event, and the bar staff who made sure everything that needed to be done was sorted!

Also. a huge big up has to go to our soundguy Chris Armstrong who was an absolute legend. He brought everything any artist could have possibly needed, knew exacctly what he was doing, did it quickly and efficiently, and the sound was spot on. How he ended up doing the entire shift, to go home to one hours sleep, and then go straight to his day job I have no idea. 

I had an incredible time. I loved running the stage. I can't wait to do something like this again.

See you next year HH, you beautiful beast!

Much love, 
Sam x