Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Before Good Vibrations takes an enforced hiatus of a few months, Volume 70 is all about the upcoming Truth & Freedom Alldayer event, happening on Saturday 24th October 2015 at Bingham Hall in Cirencester.
Mark Devlin chats to the event's main organiser, Dani Rastelli, about the ethos behind this unique gathering. He then chats to two of the main speakers - health & nutrition researcher Clive de Carle about natural and holistic health issues, and researcher and activist Tony Sayers about the tenets of Natural Law. We finish by linking with conscious rapper MC Swayze, one of the music acts at Truth & Freedom.
There's further information about it all at www.truthandfreedom.co.uk. For tickets please e-mail Dani at email@example.com with TICKETS in the subject title. Say how many you want, and we'll get back to you with the Paypal account details.
Sunday, 2 August 2015
THE SOUND OF NOW, WITH MARK DEVLIN, DESTINY 105
PLAYLIST FOR SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST 2015
JESS GLYNNE: DON'T BE SO HARD (DJ SKT REMIX)
TOUGH LOVE FEAT. GINUWINE: PONY (JUMP ON IT) (DJ Q REMIX)
KIERAN ALLEYNE: BE AROUND (ZED BIAS REMIX)
DEKATO FEAT. MIMSI KITCHENER: FLY (DRIFTA UKG REMIX EXTENDED)
SWEET FEMALE ATTITUDE: FLOWERS (ANOTR REMIX)
WOOKIE FEAT. LAIN: BATTLE 2015
JILL SCOTT: CRUISIN'
JANET JACKSON FEAT. J COLE: NO SLEEEP (REMIX)
COMMON & LALAH HATHAWAY: WE ARE YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK
PAPOOSE: OBITUARY 2014
LARGE PROFESSOR: NEW TRAIN OLE ROUTE
B MORGAN: NO HALF STEPPIN'
LUIS MARTINEZ: DON'T CHANGE (ORIGINAL MIX)
STREET BEAT OF THE WEEK:
ASPIRE: TIME TRAVELER (EXT MIX)
DJ ALEXIA FEAT. ANDREW D: TO THE FUNKY SONG (VOCAL MIX)
DISTANT SOUNDZ: FEEL ME
CHERRI V 2DARC: IF YOU LOVE ME (ARTHUR YOUNGER REMIX)
KENNY HECTYC: LIGHT
SACHA VEE: HEY SUGAR (INT REMIX)
JILL SCOTT: CLOSURE
CAPONE N NOREAGA FEAT. TRAGEDY: U.M.A.R.
STATIK SELEKTAH FEAT. YOUR OLD DROOG, TERMANOLOGY & LORD SEAR: WALL FLOWERS
MARCO POLO FEAT. CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED: FOR THE FUTURE
MATICULOUS FEAT. MASTA ACE & BLU: BET YOUR LIFE
PAPOOSE: GLOBAL WARMING PART 2
Saturday, 1 August 2015
THE SOUND OF FREEDOM, SHOW 50
Up to the 50th volume of truth and freedom music that tells its own story from start to finish.
CALE SAMPSON: THE TRUTH IS
7 SHADES OF VOID: WHAT IF?
GRAND PUBA: PROPER EDUCATION
UMANG: PEOPLE TELLING US
LONG LASTIN': TV, MASS DECEPTION
DISPOSABLE HEROES OF HIPHOPRISY: TELEVISION, THE RDUG OF THE NATION
KAREL FIALKA: HEY MATTHEW
HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUENOTES: WHERE ARE ALL MY FRIENDS?
JODY WATLEY FEAT. RAKIM: FRIENDS
DIONNE WARWICK AT AL: THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR
THE FRIGHTNRS: ADMIRATION
ANTHONY B: GOD ABOVE EVERYTHING
GARNETT SILK: LOVE IS THE ANSWER
SHAUN BOOTHE: THE UNAUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF BOB MARLEY
GREGORY PORTER: 1960 WHAT
GIL SCOTT-HERON: WE ALMOST LOST DETROIT
LEON THOMAS: LOVE EACH OTHER
MASTERS AT WORK FEAT. JOCELYN BROWN: IT'S ALRIGHT, I FEEL IT
Friday, 31 July 2015
I'm going to be hosting a talk in the Pentos Talkspace section of the Harlequin Fayre near Norwich next weekend. In good company too, with the likes of Greg Sams, Greg Hallett, Adrian Gilbert and Nick Kollerstrom also presenting. Looks like a great, family-friendly gathering all round.
Full info. here:
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Soul City in Ibiza is my longest-standing gig, having DJed there every year since 2003. I continue to make the pilgrimage as, given the high demands of the frantic and fast-moving dancefloor, it's one that keeps you on your toes as a DJ and forces you to pull all your best tricks out of the box. It's also a great deal of fun, even after all these years.
I was able to get a crack-of-dawn flight out of Birmingham Airport on this occasion, just as easy as any of the London ones for me to get to. After bussing it to San Antonio, I headed to my accommodation to rest up. This time round it was an apartment in the midst of a rowdy Club 18-30 resort at the back end of San An. This could have spelled disaster as the bedroom was right next to the pool area where tranquility was not the name of the game. Some hasty re-arranging of the furniture later and I'd pulled one of the beds into the kitchen/ diner area away from the drama, and directly underneath the air conditioner. This plus the wearing of earplugs just about facilitated the chance of sleep.
I arrived at Soul City a little after midnight, reuniting with resident DJs Policy and Horse, and giving my first chance to check out the new decor since the venue underwent a bit of a refurb over the winter. Taking my place on the decks, I put my full energy into my set, flitting furiously through styles. I posted my impressions of the gig in a Black Sheep Mag review which is right here:
The following afternoon I linked with Soul City boss Julian for a bite to eat, then went round to Ocean Beach Club, an open-air daytime venue which has created a big buzz on the clubbing scene since it opened a couple of years ago. Jason Bye was playing house music as punters reclined on loungers, ate lunch or mucked about in the pool. The surroundings are certainly impressive, but at close to 40 degrees, the daytime sun was so hot that I couldn't handle it for long and headed for a cooling dip in the sea. I returned for a second dose of Soul City that night, before flying back on Thursday lunchtime.
My review of Ocean Beach Club is here:
This month, myself and my promoting partner Dani Rastelli announced the Truth & Freedom Alldayer, the event we're putting on together on Saturday 24th October. It's to be an array of speakers and live music and poetry, with the emphasis on presenting solutions for the big problems we all know humanity is facing in these times. We took the decision that we wouldn't focus on the various ways in which we're being enslaved and exploited at the hands of the global elite, but instead, give people inspiration as to things they can do to assert their own power and stay outside of the control grid. I met Dani for a look at the venue, the historic and impressive Bingham Hall in Cirencester, on Sunday 12th. It stands to be a wonderful gathering, but, to deal with the tedious bit, we're only going to be able to meet the associated costs if enough people buy their tickets in advance. All speakers and acts are giving their time for free, but there's still their travel expenses and the venue hire costs to cover. There's currently an early bird offer, with day tickets at only £10. For a programme that will last over ten hours, you can see what a great deal that is. If anyone is able to be a part of the day, therefore, please head to https://www.facebook.com/events/403201616537938/ and e-mail the address listed there in order to help us make it happen. Please don't wait. If you know you're coming, do it now!
Unfortunately, the pressure on my time of this event plus the continued writing of my book, means I have to put the Good Vibrations podcast series on hold for a few months. The last volumes were with Gordon Bowden talking about the UK Grand Jury system, researcher Ole Dammegard taking about the Operation 40 political hit squad, and Frank Rasmussen, organiser of the Open Mind Conference, giving some new information on geo-engineering. You can catch those and the entire series so far on this link:
I'll miss the great conversations that GV always produces, but it will certainly return. In the meantime, my fortnightly conscious music podcast The Sound Of Freedom continues, showcasing music that articulates truth, freedom, conspiracy and spiritual subjects. The full archive of that series so far is here:
Also blazing on is my weekly "normal" radio show The Sound Of Now, (so similarly titled that even I get them confused!) I do this live on Destiny 105 in Oxford every Saturday evening, posting the audio downloads and full playlist on my site the following day.
Parveen and myself managed an extremely rare trip to the cinema this month to see Asif Kapadia's documentary on Amy Winehouse. It was both tragic and highly revealing as to the vulnerable side of Amy. I, like so many others, had her down as simply a self-destructive wild spirit, not realising how humble and reluctant a "superstar" she actually was. A fair few aspects of her life story, and details surrounding her strange death, seemed to be missing. In all, though, it was an affecting experience.
I also managed to get along to London's Institute of Contemporary Arts for a quick look at their exhibition on the 80s pirate radio scene in the capital. To be fair, a quick look is all that was needed, as the displays consisted only of an old mixing desk used in Kiss FM's pirate years, and some vintage magazines, press cuttings and photos.
On Tuesday 28th, another overseas excursion beckoned, this one to the baking Adriatic coastline of Croatia to check out the Suncebeat Festival, held there for a week each Summer by the team behind the now-defunct Southport Weekender. While I can't take too much heat, by this point the pathetic British "Summer" had become such a joke that the prospect of three days' guaranteed sunshine certainly appealed. Flights aren't cheap, even with the last-resort Ryanair, so an early morning red-eye to Dusseldorf Weeze and then a connection to Zadar was the only way of keeping things manageable.
The festival takes place at The Garden Tisno complex, and I arrived in time for the last few hours on the open-air Beach Stage, where Souldynamic were rocking it, before Ronnie Herel finished off with a highly impressive soulful house set. Great vibes by moonlight in a stunning setting. The town of Tisno itself, where I stayed for the night, is stunningly beautiful, too.
On Wednesday, I took the bus back to Zadar, where I reached that city's The Garden venue for a raw vegan meal at their open-air restaurant. Before heading home on Thursday I also linked for a social with my old mate DJ Phat Phillie, Croatia's most prolific hip-hop DJ, having now hosted his Blackout radio show for over 20 years.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
The first Truth & Freedom Alldayer will be taking place on Saturday 24th October at Bingham Hall in Cirencester. It's an event to bring together switched-on people who have realised the scale of the problems that humanity is facing, but rather than wallow in fear or hopelessness, are resolved to take action and find empowering solutions. Far from being a moanfest, this event is all about personal and collective empowerment, and people taking responsibility for their own situations, rather than remaining beholden to an evil and corrupt control system.
Full info and details of how to get hold of tickets right here - https://www.facebook.com/events/403201616537938/
An array of speakers have been lined up to deliver inspiring and uplifting daytime talks in this regard, as follows:
CLIVE DE CARLE
Holistic health & nutrition; Herbal and natural remedies
Lawful rebellion; Self-governance and personal sovereignty
Free will consciousness and consent
The universal and eternal concepts of Natural Law
Grand Juries and bringing the corrupt to justice; Sustainable eco-housing projects
Sound healing and therapy
Building your own orgonite devices
MIZAN THE POET
Applying positive knowledge to your daily life
Following the talks the Alldayer will end on a high with a conscious music DJ set from Mark Devlin, along with conscious music and poetry performances from:
MIZAN THE POET
The event will run from 10am until 11pm, offering an entire day and evening of positive information and inspiration, (plus awesome value for money!) It is taking place in the historic and impressive Bingham Hall, which has hosted events from weddings to music concerts since its construction in 1908. Cirencester lies at the Southern end of the Cotswolds, one of England's most beautifully preserved areas, and is easily accessible from junction 16 of the M4.
A 'Conscious Cafe' serving drinks, snacks and vegetarian and vegan food will be available on-site, as well as a licences bar.
All speakers and artists are offering their time for free to bring this much-needed information to the fore. There are sill multiple costs for the organisers to cover, however, in terms of venue facilities and speaker travel costs. The very best way to help in this regard, therefore, is to purchase your tickets in advance.
Come and be a part of what promises to be a great gathering of open minds, free spirits and responsible individuals - everything our so-called rulers don't want us to be!