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Government plans for Self employed during the Corona Crisis

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Job Retention Scheme & furloughing staff
  • We are waiting for official confirmation from HMRC, that directors, even sole directors, can be furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme for their PAYE element. It will probably mean that all employees will need to furloughed too and will allow directors to continue with their statutory duties such as filing VAT Returns. Directors are likely to be also asked to stop all revenue-generating work such as speaking to clients and working on future projects if they are to furlough themselves.
  • Self-employed individuals i.e. sole traders can carry on working on their trade, and still take the grant.  There is a requirement that the business has to be expecting to lose profits as a result of the virus, to be able to claim this grant, but I suppose most businesses, and HMRC, won’t actually know if that is the case until next year’s tax return.  So there may eventually be a reclaim option by HMRC. We also think that self-employed can also take on other PAYE work during this time.
  • There is now clarity that employees who have been furloughed can then be made redundant subsequently, even during the furlough period.  Minimum furlough period is 3 weeks
  • Employees who have been furloughed have the option to take on other temporary work.
Rates grants
  • We have heard that tenants of coworking office spaces such as WorkLife could be eligible for Small Business Grant Fund. If the office space provider included your business on the rates listing as at 11th March you may be eligible for the £10k grant.
Business Interruption Loan Scheme

  • It has been confirmed that CBILS lenders’ fees will also be paid by the government as well as 12 months interest.  Some are offering capital repayment holidays too, so potentially there are no cash outlays for these loans at all for the initial period.

  • There are a number of other lenders who are still in the process of applying for CBILS accreditation, (Funding Circle, Market Finance, etc) but it appears to be taking some time.  If these fintech’s obtain that accreditation, it could be a ‘game changer’ due to the speed they can turn deals around, but it is to be noted they will most likely ask for personal guarantees for all loans, even those below  £250k.
Tax Deferrals

  • HMRC are being very supportive with PAYE/NIC tax deferrals, even up to July.  It is expected that there will be an automatic deferral announced soon just like VAT and then phone calls won’t need to be made. However, if you have a larger employee base, please do get in touch as it will still be best to make that call to HMRC now and get that agreement.

  • It is also rumoured that HMRC will be supportive with 12 to 18 month time to pay agreements in due course, which will need to be supported by cash flow statements. If you do not have a cash flow statement set up please get in touch as it is now imperative to check the status of your business as well as being able to apply for the schemes.
Keep up to date with all the information on our resource hub here, which is being updated daily with any new information as and when it is released.

Hire a Luxury Chauffeur Service for your next trip and enjoy a new way to travel

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Stylist Camilla Banegas Espada drives the importance of self with new partnership

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Stylist-Modelist, Camila Banegas Espada brand Alimac is growing from the strength to strength especially after this month announcing a remarkable partnership with one of the biggest music awards shows in the world, the Urban Music Awards. The UMA’s which is held in 15 countries including UK and the USA is celebrating it’s 18th anniversary on the 30th of November 2021 and Alimac has been announced as exclusive sponsor for the Best Singer/Songwriter category. If you wondering what Alimac actually means? Wonder no more, because we investigated and got the real meaning which is being oneself and accepting oneself. A perfect fit for music as musicians strive to be themselves and tell their true stories good or bad by the music they release. The clothing brand is no stranger to exploring different styles of clothing that can be found in the world. It was this thought that prompted the founder Camila Banegas to embark in the journey of creating the brand.

The most important point is that Alimac is an acceptance of self. Camila Banegas commented “Alimac is pleased to partner with this year’s UMA to present our clothing brand that is creating its own universe whether silk stagger or discreet. This event is an opportunity to present with you a brand that is to create your identity that is in your heart. The UMA allows me to share my creativity as an artist and stylist to share with you a new style which may be thanks to you a new fashion mixer with who have is and fashion”.

For more information on Alimac. Visit the links below;

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Alimac

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/Alimac_Design

Tik-tok: Alimac_Design
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Website: https://alimacdesign.be

Exclusive Interview with Netflix series star on new role in ‘YOU’

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Photo Credit:
Photo Credit: Petros Kouiouris.

Multi-talented actor Ben Mehl (“The Good Wife”) is starring in his first series regular role opposite Penn Badgley in Netflix’s popular series “You” which returns for its highly-anticipated 3rd season. Developed by Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti, You is based on Caroline Kepnes’ bestselling books You and Hidden Bodies. In the third season, Joe and Love are married and raising their newborn son, Henry, in the Californian suburb of Madre Linda. As their relationship dynamic takes a new turn, Joe continues to repeat the cycle of obsession with a burgeoning interest in Natalie, the next-door neighbor. This time, Love will flip the script to ensure that her dream of having the perfect family will not be torn away so easily by Joe’s compulsive actions. Mehl plays the role of ‘Dante,’ a confident, independent, but fallible human being who has found extraordinary ways to adapt and continues to be a librarian even after losing his sight. A veteran whose eyesight was damaged, Dante is a dedicated family man with a husband and two stepchildren who longs to expand his family, and delights in helping his friends with their children. Season 3 of YOU premieres on October 15th, 2021 on Netflix.

Although Mehl plays a blind character, Mehl is not totally blind, he is legally blind. He was diagnosed with a rare genetic form of macular degeneration called Stargardt’s disease which causes one to lose central vision. He was told the condition was progressive and there was no treatment or cure and eventually, his vision deteriorated to the point where he could no longer read normal sized text or recognize faces. This led him to rethink his career, but he came out of this deciding to not let this disease define him but would try his absolute best to learn what it meant to be an actor.

In order to prepare for the role of Dante, a blind character, Mehl trained with an orientation and mobility specialist to learn the proper techniques for using a white cane. At times, he felt like he was preparing for what his future may hold for him. He spent hours observing and taking notes outside a building for blind residents in New York and gained a deep appreciation for the skill it takes to navigate the world without sight. His character was inspired by Sera Gamble’s godfather who was blind and created this character because she believed even those who are blind deserve to be represented. Recognizing his privilege within the community of not being completely blind, it was important for him to do his research and portray this character accurately.

We caught up with Ben for an exclusive interview with The National Post…

Firstly, what inspired you to get into acting, and what was the first moment you realized that this is exactly what you wanted to do as a career?

A: My parents always said, “oh you’re such a performer” whenever I did silly things to try and make them laugh. Then I auditioned for a public arts school, Claude Watson School for the Arts, and got the one available opening for 5th grade. There I really got to explore that side of myself. I also loved science in school and wanted to be an astronaut. I applied and was accepted to a few aerospace engineering, and physics programs for university, but there was something inside me that couldn’t let go of acting. I ended up choosing the only school where I could double major in astrophysics and drama. That was the University of Toronto, and ever since that moment, I knew acting would never really be something I could let go of.

You were born and raised in Toronto where you majored in Astrophysics and Drama. Is there a part of you that is a scientist in the making waiting to come out?

The thing that drew me to astronomy was the vast mystery of it all. It puts everything into a larger context, what Neil Degrasse Tyson calls the cosmic perspective. We used to think everything revolved around us, then we realized that we revolve around the sun and so on… We are just a tiny, tiny part of this much larger universe. And it’s not just space, but time as well, in terms of the history of the planet and our species, and how we are just a blip in the continuum of an ever-changing planet. And while these things make me aware of how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things, it also makes me aware of how precious life on earth is, and that with this understanding, we must be responsible for it.

So far, you are best known for your role in The Good Wife. Talk us through how you landed that role?

Auditioning, being rejected, auditioning, being rejected, auditioning, being rejected. And then auditioning for this part for the Canadian version of the NSA, and I happened to mention, “by the way, I actually am Canadian” and I got that part. So I’d say to all my fellow actors out there, keep showing up, because you never know when you will be right for the part.

What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment as an actor?

What I have always loved about acting is the challenge of transforming into another human being, and bringing my empathy to imagine the circumstance of someone else, and then believing myself in those circumstances fully. I always wanted to be able to transform into vastly different characters in my career, and I have been able to do that in the theater, playing dramatic and comedic roles, classic and contemporary, leads and servants. I loved playing four different servants in Red Bull Theatre’s School for Scandal and getting nice mentions in the reviews despite having the smallest part in the play. I wouldn’t have traded that role for any other. Another stand-out experience in my career was working on David Levine’s Habit, where I and two other actors lived in a house that was constructed for the project, for 8 hours a day, being watched by people through windows as we lived in a play on loop non-stop. We ate, used the washroom, and even took a shower if we dared.

You are starring in the forthcoming series of YOU which hit all the headlines as one of the most talked-about Netflix series debut in recent time. How and when did you find out you had got the role and what was your reaction?

I got this audition in September of 2020. It was totally unexpected. My dear friend Anne Troup helped put me on tape, and I had a blast recording the audition. A couple of weeks later, I had just come home with my twin daughters, who had just turned 3, and was giving them a bath when my phone rang and it was my agent, Ken Melamed, to say I got the part. It was a moment in my life that I never knew would come, I was beyond excited, my heart was racing, I’d wished for this so hard, and faced so much rejection for so long, and I told him, “Ken. I can’t talk about this right now, I’m bathing my daughters. I will have to call you back.”

Can you tell our audience a little bit about your character in the series YOU, Dante ?

I love Dante. He’s a bit like me. He is a step-dad to two kids with his husband Lansing. He is a loving dad, husband, and friend. An interesting thing about him is that he is totally blind. I know a little about that because I am legally blind. I have a rare eye condition called Stargardt’s, a form of macular degeneration, so I have lost my central vision. But for me, I still have all my peripheral vision. So if I look right at you, your face disappears, or if I look directly at something to read, the words disappear. So I look above what I want to see and use my peripheral vision to see it. It’s hard to do without spending your life practicing like I do. However, Dante is totally blind, and yet, like me, he lost his vision as an adult and did not stop doing what he loves when he hit this obstacle. I didn’t stop acting when I lost my central vision, and he didn’t stop being a librarian. He uses bone conducting headphones to hear the books that he scans instead of having to read them for instance. He uses his phone with an AirPod in one ear to scan words and have them read to him.

How did you train for this role to ensure that you represented the character’s utmost potential?

I trained with an orientation and mobility specialist who taught me the techniques for using a cane to get around without sight. I practiced on my own with a blindfold first, which helped me understand how it feels in my body to trust the cane and my other senses to perceive my surroundings, and it became very personal for me, because I felt like I was practicing for what my future may hold for me one day. Then I practiced using the cane without the blindfold to see if I could continue to rely on the cane as my eyes. I also spent hours outside a building in Manhattan that is designed for blind people to live in. I watched people come and go to observe how they move and get around. I gained a tremendous appreciation for this community, because I was witnessing people who have learned to be independent without their sight, just like Dante. And it takes years to become as proficient as the people I studied, so hopefully I was able to portray the skill, poise and confidence I saw in the people I observed and talked to.

Were you a big fan of the series YOU before you got the call and how were the other cast members on set?

As a father of twin toddlers, with a wife who works full time as a healthcare worker, I don’t get much time to watch the shows I’d like to watch. So, no, I had not seen You, or honestly even heard of it. I quickly discovered that I was one of the only people in the world who didn’t know it, or love it, or was eagerly anticipating the 3rd season! The people I got to know the best on set despite strictly isolating ourselves as much as possible in the height of the pandemic in LA, were Tati and Penn. It was an absolute pleasure getting to hang out with them both. Tati is always there to talk to. She loves to listen and share her experiences; she has a joyous laugh and brings such warmth and positivity to set with her. And Penn, despite everything he has to focus on, was so relaxed and open and always happy to chat. He also happens to be rather brilliant and well-read, and deeply spiritual. I was in very kind, warm, funny and playful company. The three of us got deep into conversations about the nature of life and death, and also joked around, and on one occasion had to reset because of a mutual laughing fit we found ourselves in as we were negotiating how to walk through a door together into a shot.

Who is your favorite cast member on YOU and why?

How dare you! I don’t pick favorites! But I do want to take the opportunity to talk about Mark Blum, who played Mr. Mooney in Season 1. He was the director of the Hagen Core Training at HB studio and hired me as the movement teacher for the program. In the middle of my second year teaching there, the pandemic hit, and Mark was one of the first lives tragically lost to COVID-19. He was an extraordinary actor, and a brilliant, caring teacher. I wish I could have shared my excitement over my part on the show, and asked him for his advice. I and so many others who knew and admired him miss him terribly, but also feel so grateful to have known him.

What advice would you give to up and coming actors about pursuing opportunities and their passions like you have clearly done?

Follow your joy. Let that be your compass in your work. Your joy is what brought you to this. When I struggled with not having enough acting work, I searched for something I could do that would keep me connected to that joy, and I found teaching. Through teaching I found a way to stay engaged in the thing I love to do even if I’m not in front of the camera or on the stage.

Also, whether you get a part or not doesn’t make you any more or less deserving of it. Don’t hope to get the part, hope to be ready for the opportunities that arise when they do. Place value on your work, rather than the result. Don’t base your self-worth on your success in the industry. Value yourself for your work and all the other things you do in your life, like the ways you care for yourself, others and the world.

Now, let’s play a game Top 3. Starting with your Top 3 best films of all time?

The Matrix, Jurassic Park, Finding Nemo

Top 3 best actors or actresses that you would like to star alongside?

There are so many, that giving you just 3 names simply feels like you are asking me to leave out scores of actors who I tremendously admire, but who comes into my head at this moment are David Costabile, because I’ve admired him ever since he was my teacher, Ted Danson because of how much fun he seems to have on screen, and Anya Taylor-Joy because of how much she absolutely captivated me with her eyes in The Queen’s Gambit.

Also Bennedict Cumberbatch gets an honorable mention, because in addition to his other work, I saw his portrayal of Frankenstein’s Monster at the National Theater, and I was absolutely enthralled by his specificity and commitment. It’s also funny that I’ve seen a number of comments from people when they see the poster for You with me in it, they say “Is that Dr. Strange?” “Is that Bennedict Cumberbatch?” And then it’s followed by terrible disappointment when they realize it’s not. I am not offended by this at all. Apparently we bear a resemblance, which I find extremely flattering.

Top 3 best directors?

Steven Spielberg, whose films I grew up with and continue to love, Alfonso Cuarón, whose images stay with me, and Marielle Heller for Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, because with Tom Hanks, she cracked my heart wide open and I have never cried in a movie as much as I did watching that one.

Watch excerpts of the Interview on Capital TV by clicking here 

 

World Fashion Awards launches Fashion Week in Mauritius

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The beautiful island of Mauritius is known for pristine beaches as one of the No.1 travel destinations voted by many throughout the world. Apart from travel and tourism, it seems fashion and shopping are fast becoming a trend with several brands rushing to hold forte in this beautiful island. Today, the World Fashion Awards (WFA)   announced their launch of a brand new annual fashion week in Mauritius in front of a  fully packed press conference including over 250 attendees from influencers, fashion designers, and models. The announcement took place in London and marks the official launch of MFWA – Mauritius Fashion Week and Awards which is set to take place from the 13th to the 18th of December in Mauritius.

A final schedule for Mauritius Fashion Week & Awards (MFWA) 2021 is set to be available from November on www.mauritiusfashionweek.org and will include both digital activations and physical events, adhering to Government guidelines on social distancing. The schedule will host over 30 designers including 20 womenswear, 10 menswear, and 5 accessories brands will grace the stage at the Fashion Dome on the 18th of December 2021.

The MFWA digital platform, launched in July, will continue to serve as the Official Digital Hub and will be freely accessible to everyone, industry professionals and global fashion consumers alike. The platform will host exclusive multimedia content from designers and brand partners, enabling collaboration and bringing together fashion, culture, and technology.

Main Event:
The main event will take place on the 18th of December at La Vallee Village from 11.00 am to 22.00  and will include;
 Shopping Experience:
– A marquee with over 100 brands exhibiting with stands and selling directly to customers benefiting from the Christmas gifting period
Awards Ceremony:
-An awards ceremony to celebrate the Best Fashion Brand, Best Fashion Outlet, Best E-commerce store, Best Bridal Brand, Model of the Year, Best Modelling Agency, Best Shoe brand, Best Fashion Brand, Best Shopping Mall, Best Jewelry Brand, Menswear Designer of the Year, Womenswear Designer of the Year, Best Hairdresser Award, Best Make-Up Artist & Best Fashion & Beauty Influencer. 
 
Catwalk Showcase:
MFWA will bring together  35 womenswear, menswear & accessories brands into one schedule with a catwalk showcase using models from the Face of Mauritius nationwide model search and partnered modeling agencies.
For more information. Visit: www.mauritiusfashionweek.org and to buy tickets click here

Aneessa predicts better days ahead..

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From the day she was born in Saint-Étienne in eastern central France, Aneessa has always been a mover. She literally modern jazz and contemporary as early artistic interests. However, as one of seven children with a wide range of musical tastes all around her, Aneessa began to more strongly embrace singing and performing as her passion, eventually taking the dance music scenes in Europe and Asia by storm under the stage names Anya Rose and Lady Aneessa. Beyond the performance art world, Aneessa is a mover as one who places herself in positions
where she can be a light, a guide and a resource to help others on the path to theirdreams as performing artists – currently as the Publisher and CEO of her insider’s entertainment magazine, Pump It Up! Finally, Aneessa is a mover because she has moved around quite a bit in her lifetime, currently landing securely in Southern California with a new love, a new family, a new life and a new album – her first in over three years. What follows is the story of how all of the chess moves of Aneessa’s life brought her to the golden space in which she now resides.

Primarily inspired by international pop icon Madonna, Aneessa applied the singing and dancing skills she’d honed since her time at Jean Daste Junior High School and Lycee du Portail Rouge High School to a sparkling level of excellence. As the leader of her school’s dance troupe – deftly utilizing choreography as a theatrical means of telling a story – Aneessa led her group to win a major French competition (Championnat U.N.S.S De Danse Contemporaine). Soon after, however, she got deeper into music, getting her feet wet by singing backup for the Hip Hop quartet
S.A.D. (Sans Aucun Doute – “Without Any Doubt”). Sharpening her life direction,

Aneessa left Saint-Étienne for Paris where she studied literature and languages (Spanish, English, Latin, Italian and Russian) at University La Sorbonne. It was lonely living in the university dormitory because she knew no one. So, in her side time, she sang Jazz, Soul and Pop covers (a la Sade and Norah Jones) with a quartet of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums in Paris bars such as L’Etage and Opus Café.

A move to Manchester England from 1998-2001 found her making some of her first studio recordings. Though none were ever released, the experience of learning the process was priceless.

Aneesa is now back with new single “Gonna Be Alright” Better Days Mix .  This single is not what you think it is. It’s better. The music bed is haunting as if to create a narrative of rising from the darkness. Light and success are attainable, the listener feels as if they were racing and chasing down the dream. The tone is heavy, but not oppressive. The music hovers, with crisp movement, gravitating towards the vocals and bass. A presumed organ electrifies, shifting some of the focus to its slightly macabre sonic push.

Watch the lyric video here:

Aneessa “Gonna Be Alright” Better Days Mix is out now
www.smarturl.it/betterdaysmix
– www.aneessa.com

 

 

South African & Italian Unorthodox Icon, JR’s BOLD London Arrival For #FashionWeek Debut

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Confidence, ambition, and determination. These words are becoming even more important in this everchanging world when it is crucial to protect personal boundaries and be free to choose the reality you want to live in. You can be the cause of the change! JAXET was created for anyone who takes on obstacles and challenges with their head held high, and who wants their style to reflect their determination and ambition. The visioner behind the brand has always been fascinated by an idea of how clothing can transform not only existing forms but also the perceived reality. From innovations, merging fashion and technologies, which offer protection from both physical and digital world, to premium and distinctive style that allows to stand out in a crowd. JAXET celebrates transformation, providing unlimited opportunities to remake and reshape the form and the essence. It is created for modern superheroes who dare to transform their reality!

Exclusive interview with Jason  Jay Roberts..

How did your product, service, come about?
Being specially cast to Model their Surprise World Premiere at London Fashion Week (Finale Day) in assistance for the Historic Launch LIVE at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as seen the unforgettable #JoshuaUsyk ring walks & Teams outfitted by #JAXET (Fitting European Win All-round)

What would you say has been your single proudest moment so far?
Having just arrived in London, being part of Iconically re-writing Fashion, Sports & Cultural
History. South African & Italian Unorthodox Icon, JR’s BOLD London Arrival For #FashionWeek Debut & Magic Role Helping Create Sports & Cultural History.

What is the inspiration behind your brand name?
Personally being a #Covid Survivor & constantly evolving and adapting to the NEW NORMAL blessedly being here still and more alive than ever. As for High Tech Futuristic Fashion Brand please read here: https://jaxet.com/pages/about-jaxet

Where do you see your brand in 5 years time?
Everywhere (Globally) & showcasing and radiating Bespoke experiences in physical High Street
Fashion Establishments Worldwide, here in London soonest especially too.

What would you say is your unique selling point?
Being Holistically orientated (also Plant-Powered #Vegetarian) as an aspiring Sustainable
Supermodel especially – allows perspectives & methods, etc BTS required to most
importantly maintain Health and Wellness amidst an insane lifestyle (Pushing Health
Boundaries constantly)

How can customers find out more about your brand?
“Welcome to @jayrobsworld | https://linktr.ee/jayrobsworld

Mauritian actress and TV host sets focus on conquering the world

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The popular  Mauritian Actress and TV Host Sheryl Smith has signed an exclusive contract with Mokingo International Group.  Mokingo International Group which produces the National Film & TV Awards USA counts as an alumni stars such as Kate Beckinsale, Tom Cruise, Ricky Gervais, Sharon Stone, and much more has offices based in the United Kingdom, USA, Cameroon, France, Mauritius, and 15 other countries. Sheryl started acting at 13 years of age has been described as having a Hannah Montana-esque rise to fame in her home country of the Republic of Mauritius. She has been at the forefront of Pop TV, a comedy platform in Mauritius. She blossomed in several theatre productions at the historical Caudan Arts Centre amongst many other theatres.

From starring in several commercials, movies to being confirmed as the official TV host of the National Lottery in Mauritius. Sheryl is definitely ready to take her career to a next level both in the Indian Ocean and worldwide.

Sheryl commented “I am so excited to sign with MIG. Mokingo International Group is a great family and joining the family worldwide is something that allows me to put Mauritius & Rodrigues on the map worldwide. As an Actress, TV Host, and Content Creator, I have always wanted to work with management that understands the vision and can build success together”.

Mokingo International Group, which launched in the UK in 1999 and within 21 years expanded to over 15 countries breaking all records within the film, tv, music, fashion, and media industry has been behind a variety of success stories, brands, and household names. The company also launched a global social media network platform www.mokingo.com to connect consumers worldwide.

Lisa Fuller, Head of Partnerships at MIG commented “We are thrilled to have Sheryl Smith on the roster.  Sheryl was handpicked exclusively by our President/CEO who saw her amazing potential to reach higher heights. We will be working on her brand, content creation, and introducing her talent to a much wider audience”.

She is trilingual able to speak perfect English, French, and Creole. Sheryl is also considered a triple threat as she is able to act, write, produce and present. After years of appearing on Television, the actress and model continue to capitalize on her newly found intercontinental stardom as  MIG readies to represent the multifaceted talent in branded entertainment initiatives and career expenditure across entertainment, film, and philanthropy.

How two pilots turn their hobby into a lifelong passion

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What happens when two pilots come together? Fly a plane would normally be the correct answer.. But, not these two young pilots who have decided the only way is Gin…What started as a simple friendship between Tomislav Anadolac and Hrvoje Busic and exciting hobby of two young pilots has developed into a mutual endeavor and lifelong devotion. Their big dream has finally come true through a small batch distillery where everything from distillation and ageing to bottling and sealing is done by their own hands.
Two pilots took their passion for flying combined with passion for the finest spirits inspired two pilots to establish Croatian micro-distillery “The Spirit in the Bottle” and create something truly unique. Old Pilot’s Gin, their exquisite London Dry Gin is distilled with selected, all natural Croatian botanicals such as Juniper, Orange, Lavender, Sage, Angelica and Olive Leaves. Each Bottle is carefully handcrafted and matured using the world’s only recipe for gin made in the skies.

The Spirit in a Bottle Distillery is focused on the production of the highest quality beverages. Their process, the plants they use and the unique distillation technology provide them with the highest standards of purity and fullness of taste. Introducing Old Pilot’s , a gin that will leave you flying high with happiness literally. Old Pilot’s has also partnered with the 18th anniversary of the prestigious Urban Music Awards to give celebrities, influencers, artists, and media in attendance a taste of the flying in gin. Old Pilot also has acquired the naming rights for the Best Jazz Act 2021 with nominees including;

Esperanza Spalding
Nubya Garcia
Ego Ella May
Poppy Ajudha
Moses Boyd joe
Yazmin Lacey
Tom Misch & Yusef Dayes

The Urban Music Awards takes place on the 30th of November 2021 and voting is currently live via the official UMA site 

Find out more about Old Pilot Gin by logging onto the website here

Meet Balazs Hollenbach, professional portraiture photographer based in London

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1) Can you give us an insight into what inspired you to become a photographer? 
At first, I have taken photographs of everyday moments and small happenings in life, with my phone camera. Pictures of streets, landscapes, and people, anything that grabbed my attention. After experiencing Lightroom and Photoshop, my curiosity became unstoppable and I really enjoyed discovering this whole new level of photography.

In a short time, it became clear to me that I have finally found my passion. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, so to delve into it, I watched many tutorials/courses, borrowed my friend’s camera (which he gave me as a gift after seeing the first pictures I took), and started practicing on my girlfriend (my only model at the time) I immediately felt that portraits were my thing and started to take myself seriously. From the great feedbacks of friends and family, my confidence grew and soon I bought my own camera. The idea of the name ‘walkinspotlight’ was inspired by my favorite performer’s song ‘Spotlight’.

My goal is to show beauty, grace, strength, and emotions in people I take pictures of. I also like to give courage to those who don’t believing in themselves. You are all creative and great, whatever you like, don’t be afraid of failure, failure only makes you stronger.

2) They say to be a very good photographer, you have to have a keen eye, which means you should be able to see a situation that nobody else can see. So, can you tell us about the best photo you clicked or covered?

My favourite shots are when you can visualize a story from the emotions. These moments are priceless, and the best part of the photography.

3) A photographer likes to travel and capture loads of good pictures. Can you tell us your top five countries which you would want to visit and take pictures of after this year of a pandemic?

I would definitely visit Iceland, New York, Lake Louise in Canada, Hawaii, and Bali.

4) You covered the National Reality TV Awards UK in London. Can you let us know how that experience was for you?

It was an absolute pleasure to take pictures on the awards, meeting with new faces, and also a great challenge to capture the best moments of people’s emotions.

5) For future customers who would like to engage you as their photographer for different events, what will be the best way to get in touch with you?

To get in touch with me, you can reach me out via Instagram or through my official website

 

Mister Davey Jones talks new music…

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Hailing from Charleston, SC, Mister Davey Jones is an up-and-coming Independent Artist with a penchant for writing infectious music and relatable narratives. Jones is greatly inspired by real-life experiences which greatly influences him as an artist and his writing style. The Artist’s musical journey began at 15 years old when he embarked on his foray into making music. A diverse taste in music brought him to explore many genres including Hip-hop, Jazz, Soul, R&B, Rock, Pop, and others but his love for Hip-hop and Jazz spurred him towards a newfound passion for writing music. Mister Jones presents a fresh new perspective with his unique brand of music consisting of a distinctive blend of hip hop and Jazz influences, reaching out to a plethora of different listeners from all walks of life. The resourceful artist also has a unique innate competency to ingeniously put together idiosyncratic sounds and words, creating high aptitude wordplay and breathtaking music, all while maintaining a consistent brand.

What inspired you to get into music?
Writing poetry and creative writing in High School sparked the creativity needed to pursue music. Also, music acts spanning from 99-the mid-2000s. They played a heavy role in my early development.

How would you describe your music?
My music is a fusion of life experience, imagination, movies, hip hop, and jazz.

What would you say is your recording and songwriting style?
I start by coming up with the cadence for an idea. That usually lends way to what the music should sound like, and sometimes the process is inverted.

Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years time?
I’d like have built a solid and stable brand around my music in the next 5 years. Something that affords me a comfortable, not super extravagant, just comfort. LOL!

Where can music fans listen to your music?
Fans can find me on most streaming platforms. Specially on August 27th when my single “Let It Breathe” drops.

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Singer/Songwriter/Producer Teddy Wender Releases “Summer Shirt”

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MULTI-TALENTED KEYBOARDIST DECLARES SUMMER IS HERE AND NYC IS OPEN AGAIN SO BREAK OUT YOUR SUMMER SHIRT AND HIT THE STREETS!

Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Music Industry Executive Teddy Wender, is now available on Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, and Apple Music.

WATCH THE “SUMMER SHIRT” VIDEO ON YOUTUBE

LISTEN TO “SUMMER SHIRT” ON SPOTIFY

Fresh off 100,000 views on his last single “Peace Will Come,” Teddy is back, just in time for the summer sizzle! “Summer Shirt”, also off Teddy’s newest album titled “Theo”, is a love letter to the hot NY summer, where you better dress accordingly to beat the heat with style. Where will you wear your summer shirt?

Teddy Wender is a living legend in New York City and a lifelong keyboardist/singer/arranger/producer and songwriter. Teddy, a founding member of the New-Wave band 3-D on Polydor Records, who appeared on Saturday Night Live when the cast still included Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

He’s toured alongside U2, The Ramones, The Cars, J. Geil’s Band, Eddie Money, and South Side Johnny. Additionally, Teddy’s played keys for the likes of Ric Derringer, Dr. John, Odetta, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Gordon Waller, Ray Draper, Gary Stewart, Michael Powers, and Loudon Wainwright III.

Teddy’s seen success as a pop songwriter, writing dance hits like, “What The Funk” and “Get Up And Dance” for The Memphis Horns / Doobie Brothers on RCA. He served as a label executive signing blues legend and guitarist Michael Powers and Pop singer Cyndi Phillips to Smooth Records.

Teddy designed, owned, and operated Data Bank / Big Noise / and Protown Studios, the infamous home to so many hip-hop / R&B and Indie Rock artists for over 30 years. Ted wrote song parodies on Howard Stern’s A&E show and scored the music for the syndicated TV show Overhaulin’ currently on the Velocity Channel. Ted is currently the keyboardist for Long Island’s Red White & Blues Band.

Find our interview with Teddy below;

What inspired you to get into music?
“I always loved music. I went to a music and creative art school in my early days. When I saw the Beatles on television, it changed my life. I wanted to be in a band.”

How would you describe your music?
“ I guess you’d say it is an eclectic combination of many genres which comes from doing 20 years of Pop, producing other artists, country, hip hop, R&B and classical.” For the song “Summer Shirt” we thought the best way to celebrate having over 100k views of the video for “Peace Will Come” was to release this song.”

What would you say is your recording and songwriting style?
“That’s a hard question. I started playing Rock & Roll in various bands. I formed a music production company with my lead singer from my band 3D (Polygram Records) and we ended up producing the music for kids shows, tons of commercials, and the hit television show ‘Overhaulin’ on Velocity TV. Although my roots are Blues & Rock, I try to do a variety of styles including dance music, Americana, and Standards… but we always seem to return to the Rock & Blues roots.”

Where would you like to see your music career in 5 years time?
“I don’t look at the future, I look at the present. All I want to do is to keep putting out quality music. With good health, I hope to be doing it for a long time!”

Where can music fans listen to your music?
“Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Sound Cloud, Youtube. Please download and subscribe. Stay safe and get vaccinated. I hope you dig the groove- Teddy“

Social media links:

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WWW.TEDDYWENDER.COM