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Why I stopped working at adidas

After 6 years of a successful career as a social media manager at adidas, I decided to give it all up and go into music full time. Why? In 6 years I had a peak working with Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, winning awards and 2 bronze Cannes Lions more recently. As a community manager and later as a social media manager, I built up a following of 3.4million social media fans from scratch, including a strong community of advocates of the brand adidas neo. I travelled the world for my job, various trips to New York, Portland, Berlin, London, Prague, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Nuremberg for photo shoots and events.. it seemed to be the perfect job. But eventually, I lost my spark for the job, and the job lost its spark for me. My goal before working at adidas was to be an expert at my job and to be attractive for other companies to hire me. Did I achieve it? Yes. And now, without bitterness and full acceptance, it was time to move on.

Knowing it was time to move on, for some reason I couldn't feel enthusiastic about any company, or any role. I met recruiters, applied for various roles, went on interviews, I had networking coffees, went to networking events, talked with a life coach, and when nothing appealed to me, it all became clear that I needed to do something closer to my heart: with music. Not NEAR music, or just having a touchpoint with music, but actually and fully with music. I tried to fantasise being a cellist of some sort (like 2CELLOS), but still, I don't think it ever was my dream either. One of my networking coffees led me to a job post called "Music Producer", at an agency who made music for commercials. Immediately this hit a nerve inside and I applied the next day. A couple weeks passed and nothing happened, so I was pretty discouraged as I didn't seem to have the right skills for the role. 

In the meantime, from recommendation of my good friend, singer-songwriter Liloe Rix, I started to read the book "The Artist's Way", a 12-week course on unlocking your inner creativity. During week 5, I was tasked to go on a solo trip. My dear Bianca was going to Torino for work and invited me to come along. So I did, and used these days to decide what I wanted to do next. I gave myself several tasks to try to surface my inner dreams. One was to list all the jobs I've ever wanted to do since I was a kid. Another was to list my idols and their jobs. Next was listing skills in my job and in my personal life that I wanted to enhance. The common thread through all of these tasks was the job title MUSIC PRODUCER. I was pretty surprised, since it never stood out like my most obvious next move (despite the enthusiasm for the recent job opening). However, as a rational and brain-heavy thinker, I took it as a sign, and started to research courses for my next move. I wrote down a list of all the institutions that I could find on the internet. I looked at expensive short courses, expensive 1-week crash courses, courses in London, online courses at Berkley, all the Universities in The Netherlands and private schools such as SAE and a new school called Abbey Road Institute. Abbey Road Institute offered a 1-year diploma for Music Production & Studio Engineering in Amsterdam. I read up on the curriculum and it pretty much summed up everything I wanted to learn, but in one year, which seemed quite long to me. 

As I started to get skeptical about the whole idea, one of the tasks of The Artist's Way book asked me to write a letter to my current self as an 80-year old telling me not to be afraid of "X". And now that I defined what "X" was, I thought to myself that one year out of the rest of my working life is nothing. So I started to become open to the idea of studying again. Learning and enriching my world, expanding my knowledge and giving myself the opportunity to go down a different path, one closer to the one I was living at night and the weekends (recording music, editing videos, playing at gigs with bands). Well, why not? 

By the end of the third day in Torino, I was reaching my deadline, and I was satisfied with my plan. I had finally defined my next move and my future title: The Wong Janice - Music Producer by day. Cellist by night. 

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VIDEO: Liloe Rix - Breathe

One night of jamming at my good friend Liloe Rix's place, led to me recording on her latest single 'Breathe', released today. Check it out! 

Above: me on the recording day, at Liloe's home studio!

Above: me on the recording day, at Liloe's home studio!

Music and Lyrics by: Liloe Rix
Production: Renan Bakker, Sofia Dragt & Liloe Rix
Recordings: Renan Bakker
Mixing: Renan Bakker
Mastering: Statinski Mastering
Cello and Bass: Janice Wong
Guitar: Liloe Rix

More about Liloe Rix:
http://www.liloerix.com
https://www.facebook.com/liloerix 
https://twitter.com/liloerix 
http://instagram.com/liloerix 
https://soundcloud.com/liloerix

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Handpan Introduction in Haarlem

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After searching on Marktplaats (the Dutch eBay) to buy a handpan instrument, I came across a post for "Handpan orientation day", where you can go to try several instruments from the Battiloro brand. At once, I messaged them and made an appointment to visit Annemarie in Haarlem. 

By complete chance, I spoke to a good friend of mine who was coincidentally planning a trip to Haarlem to pick up a pair of inline blades that she bought on Marktplaats on the same day, at the same time! So, we agreed to go together, Rosan, Bianca and I altogether for a small road trip to Haarlem to pick up her blades and then off to the Handpan workshop. 

In the ground floor apartment of a very cute street in Haarlem, Annemarie greeted us with a smile and a cup of tea. She showed us the instruments, all tuned in different keys and different looks. One was tuned in C#, one in D, one was more shiny, the others were dark. 

Annemarie showed us the basics of playing and a couple of patterns and after trying out each instrument we had a small jam session together. She was impressed by my musicality and also about Bianca too. It was so much fun! It was the first time I really played on a handpan and I felt that I picked it up really quickly. Now, my goal is just to find an instrument that speaks to me and one that I can call my own. 

For the Introduction (in Dutch oriëntatiedag), we paid 25 Euros each for the hour. Thank you to Annemarie for the lovely morning and also suggestion for the yummy and cosy brunch café we went to - Native Haarlem - Koffie, (Breestraat 23). Another tip: Ananda, a new-age spiritual shop in a very cute shopping street (Gierstraat 8). 

Handpan workshops given by Annemarie Klein (Haarlem) & Bruno (Amsterdam): http://kleininconcept.nl/unieke-workshop-hang-handpan-hangdrum/
Battiloro Handpans: https://www.battilorohandpan.com/

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Handpan street musician in Naxos, Greece

While I was on vacation in Greece with my dearest friends for a 10-year reunion since meeting in Amsterdam together, one night Bianca and I went exploring up the Naxos town towards the castle. There under a quiet corridor sat a hippy-looking guy playing a large steel pan with dents in it. Bianca encouraged me to talk to him and ask about the instrument since there was no one else around, but I was too embarrassed. Then from nowhere, tourists started coming from every direction, so I missed my chance, so I sat down and started listening. In fact, he played very rhythmically and mathematically with the sensation of improvising. I really liked it and somehow it was the happy medium between dance chimes and sound bowls used for meditation. After recording a sound clip, I left some coins, thanked him and left. Bianca told me that I should buy such an instrument. 

From that moment on, for the next 24 hours I became obsessed about the instrument, called 'handpan'. It was invented in 2000 by two Swiss, and the instrument was originally called 'Hang'. A few years ago they stopped making it due to the demand and with the principle that they did not want to mass produce them, so they started to focus on new instruments. Now, the 'handpan' instruments are selling for around 1800 EUR and the demand is much greater than the number of instruments being made. Looks like I wouldn't be getting my hands on the pan anytime soon. 

The next evening, Bianca and I went on a hunt to find the guy again, so I could ask him questions. While we were making our way towards the castle, we saw him playing in the open, near the restaurant with beautiful terraces where we had eaten the day before. Coincidentally, after one song, he started wrapping up. Again, I thanked him and he recognised us from the previous night. Then I asked about the instrument and he, Jeremie, told us his story. He had 2 handpans, one in D minor and one in C# minor (both with 10 tones, one for the white keys and one for the black) and waited 2 years for them. 

At the end, I asked him if I could try his handpan out, and so there I was, playing a new instrument, and the very beginning of my handpan journey! 

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UPDATE: 29 October 2017

I found the guy on YouTube! Crazy but he just uploaded a video 2 days ago I decided to try to find him. I searched 'handpan naxos' hoping to find him, and I did! He goes by the name of Chief of Nothing. 

His instrument is an Omana (HP) D minor 9 (9 tones and 1 ding)

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GIG REVIEW: JAIN at Melkweg, Amsterdam

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JAIN had such a groove, and she was just alone with her laptop. I'm always a big fan of independent singers who combine loop stations or technology to enhance their show. The fact is though, this girl makes the music herself and it's so obvious! I loved the show. I took my best Dutchy Viv and we grooved along all night. JAIN has a real innocence about her, (well she's just 25), but she has lived in different countries all over the world for example Dubai, Congo, Peru and you can hear these influences in her beatsy and touch of world-music flair. Her music is up-beat and fun, but rhythmic and clever. She combines her voice with layering and electronic programming sounds which is a modern-day twist. She reminds me a bit of a younger Camille, or at least a pea who comes from a similar pod. And she is so incredibly sweet and loves to involve the audience to help her with her looping. She was even giggling at some point because of the audience member who she recorded for the loop. 

All in all, great first show for JAIN and can't wait to see how she progresses as an artist. 

Check out more JAIN:
Official website: http://www.jain-music.com/en/

Check out this live version below of JAIN performing "Makeba" - Victoires de la musique 2017

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Shape Of You cover

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Shape Of You cover

First of all, let me just tell you that I hit 25,000 followers on Acapella App! How crazy is that? My videos are averaging at least 1000+ likes and the community is really a supportive and creative one! 

For my latest video,  I really went one level up in a number of ways. Firstly, it's the first video where I recorded myself playing djembe! It's a new instrument to my skill-set, and I've only been playing since February. But it is so much fun! The second way that this video is better than my previous ones is because I finally bought a new bass amp (Roland Cube-20CX Bass) and some new recording equipment so I can record directly to the Acapella App on my iPhone. 

I chose Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You to cover because it is just so damn catchy and since it's a loop it would be easier to make the compilation. I had new singers willing to collab with me and also singers who had already sung with me before. It was a real mix of people and everyone added their own unique spin to the song. So grateful for their talents! 

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Meeting Pieter Perquin at Muzikantendag

A good friend of mine, singer-songwriter Liloe Rix invited me to be her plus one at musician networking day "Muzikantendag" in Melkweg, Amsterdam. Primarily an event for singers, especially with the opportunity to showcase your demos in the "demospreekuur", I thought I would come anyway, showcase some tracks and see who I could meet. 

When I arrived (40 minutes before the start time), there was already a queue out the front and one of the organisers came out to hand out these pamphlets with the names of people who we could sign up for at the demo hour. As I scanned the list, I started to circle some interesting people, one from MassiveMusic and then I spotted Pieter Perquin on the list, a.k.a. Perquisite, producer, record label owner and cellist. Remember Pete Philly and Perquisite back in the day? I saw them in concert 10 years ago (probably in Melkweg!). TEN! I started to get excited because I had the chance to meet Pieter in person and speak to him one on one. As I was a few metres from the front of the entrance, Liloe joined me. She had forgotten her OV chipkaart (public transport card) so she was later than the time we agreed. Despite the delay, we were still very early. 

When we went in, we ran straight to the registration desk to sign up for the demo hour. We had 4 slots, and I chose two: Pieter Perquin of course and Casper Nederhand from MassiveMusic who I wanted to get to know because it's a company I have on my radar as a next move.

First I met with Casper Nederhand, A&R Manager / Communication at MassiveMusic and at first I showed him a track and then we talked about getting into the music business side of the music industry. I didn't get the feeling it was possible to get to know each other. 10 minutes is not a lot of time. It felt a lot like speed dating to be honest, except you have the chance to bring something to the table to try to impress them. 

By the time I arrived upstairs to where Pieter was, an emo couple were finishing up. I introduced myself as a cellist and told him I was following him since Pete Philly days. I love what he does with the electric cello and impressed by his productions. I showed him my music video cover of Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You and he gave me a positive feedback. Then I asked him about improvisation tips (as a classically trained cellist it's something I'm constantly trying to improve) and he suggested that I just put on different songs every day and for 30 mins I just jam along. He told me a bit about his story and how he got into production. He was always playing around with computers. Before I knew it, 10 minutes were up! What an honour it was to meet Pieter. 

As I was leaving, by negligence I realised that I took off my mobile phone case while showing him my video, and had to go back upstairs to get it. Embarrassing! He immediately held it out when I arrived. Later on, Liloe and I were on the staircase and passed him and she had the impression he smiled at me. Haha I don't know. For me it was too quick and I didn't even have a moment to register it was him. 

All in all, it was cool that I came! Liloe was happy too, as she also had interesting conversations with interesting people of the industry. Thank you Liloe! 

More about Pieter Perquin: 

Official Website: http://www.perquisite.nl/
Pete Philly & Perquisite: https://www.petephillyandperquisite.com
Kris Berry & Perquisite: http://www.krisandperq.com/

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REVIEW: Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 on-ear headphones

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Sadly, my last pair of on-ear headphones Marshall Major White were falling apart (the ear muff was breaking at the seam and falling off), which was (and is) the only reason why I decided to buy a new headphones. I've been through a bunch of Sennheisers, then a pair of WESC, then more recently the Marshall, which lasted me a good 3 years, and I even used these for recording and also mixing. 

I generally wanted to escape from the hype (because hype doesn't mean quality), so I wasn't leaning towards Dr. Dre's Beats or Bose (I actually returned the noise-cancelling over-ear headphones because I didn't like the sound). One day randomly while at MediaMarkt I went over to the headphones section and grabbed a pair of Bowers and Wilkins because they looked so sleek. As I put them on, my ears melted from the comfort. This alone was enough for me to buy these and give them a try. The price point was a little high for simple 'on-ear headphones' for daily commuting use, but I gave myself permission to indulge a little this time (since I got the Marshalls for only 50 euros during a black Friday sale). I also saw my friend's boyfriend had the same headphones so having at least one person in my 'trusty' good-taste network with these headphones it was enough for me to go ahead. 

My first impressions on the sound was not as great as the first look and feel impression, but that changed when I discovered that on my phone that the default Music Quality Streaming settings on Spotify was not set to Extreme (320 kbits/s), therefore setting it to Automatic (Recommended) means that it could be low quality depending on what Spotify decides to choose for you. I had previously chosen this in the settings but after I reset my phone and downloaded the Spotify app again I forgot to check. 

After a bit of time I think I will get used to the sound, and I think it comes down to what you've been using before. When I compare the Marshall and Bowers and Wilkins I can hear the quality and richness of B&W is much higher, but somehow I was still used to the Marshall sound, because it masks all of the 'bad' frequencies so you hear a more muffled and comfortable sound where nothing sticks out. 

A handy addition to the headphones is the choice of using the headphones with the extra mobile phone buttons or without. For recording music with a mobile phone, I prefer to use the cord without so it doesn't record with the headphones, and not a lot of casual listening headphones have this option, which is annoying to me. It is easy to take the headphone off and switch the cable. 

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Overall, an amazingly sleek, good-looking, comfortable and high-end on-ear headphones. High-end also means high price-point too. 

149,- EUR at MediaMarkt

Check out the official Bowers Wilkins website for more information:
http://www.bowers-wilkins.eu/Headphones/Wired-Headphones/Wired-Headphones/P5-Series-2.html

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GIG REVIEW: Sabar Challenge Afterparty at Sociëteit SEXYLAND

After going to see Dele Sosimi a couple weeks ago and not being too inspired, I went to the afterparty of the Sabar Challenge Festival 2017 (dance style from Senegal) with Bianca, Gaëlle and Gwen on invitation from our percussion teacher, Martin. 

Now, THIS was more like it! African bands and dancing! 

First up was a band called Nusodia, a West-African percussion and dance group, based on the traditions of Burkina Faso. As a coincidence, the guy who Bianca and I bought our djembe from (and his girlfriend) were both in the band! 

They had many different percussion instruments including djembe and the dancers were playing this wooden 'salad bowl'-shape with beads on the outside and each time they threw the bowl and spun it around it would make a sound. But more than the percussion, their unique sound comes from the melodic instruments called 'balafon' (xylophone) and the 'ngoni' (African harp). 

Other performances that evening were Sysmo (percussion group using a unique system with more than 100 hand signals), Taneber dancing and Ussu & The New Balansa

More about Nusodia:
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GIG REVIEW: Dele Sosimi at Bimhuis

Since starting a world percussion course at CREA in February, I tried to find some concerts that would have a touchpoint to African artists and/or African percussion. It's quite a broad spectrum, so the search didn't take too long before I found a concert of Dele Sosimi at Bimhuis in Amsterdam. He is one of the most active of the original Afrobeat scene, founded by Fela Anikulapo Kuti. He played keyboard with Kuti for 7 years. 

If you removed the vocals, the music was pretty much funk. So interesting how vocals can make such a unique spin on it. The band was amazing, along with the solos from the trombonist and tenor saxophonist! Dele himself was very energetic, positive and a good band leader. 

The concert was a seated one, and was hard for some audience members to sit down, so they got up to dance at the back of the hall! Soon enough the vibes were running through the whole crowd and we ended up all getting up for a little dance.

One thing I did think was missing though, was more use of (West) African drums. The saxophonist sometimes played a hand percussion which was a wooden block, but I really missed some djembe or conga or bongo drums... Another was the female back-up vocalists/dancers. The trombonist and drummer doubled as the choir which sounded quite good, but just wasn't the real deal, if you know what I mean. 

The Bimhuis broadcast the concert on Bimhuis Radio and can be found here on Mixcloud. If we had known earlier, Bianca and I would probably have agreed that it would have been better to have a glass of wine with the music playing in the background. 

More about Dele Sosimi:
Official Website

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ITC Open 2017 - The Bush Bandits

For the second year in a row, I played with my band The Bush Bandits at the ITC Open - The Conference for ICT-Research in the Netherlands. Today we had a couple extra bandits - Paul Traas and Ben Whittle who will be joining us more often from now on! But more band members did not mean a more attentive audience... this time we played during the 'borrel' in the foyer so many of the participants of the conference we busy with beers, bitterballen and taking a breather from listening to the presentations. 

However, the stage was a beautiful moroccan-inspired lounge room at Flint, a beautiful theatre and conference centre in the Dutch town Amersfoort. 

Coincidentally, it was my birthday so I went out with the band and extended groupies to an eventful 3-course dinner in the neighbourhood. 

Thanks once again to Ad Buter, our guitarist for arranging the gig for us!

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GIG REVIEW: Tegan and Sara at Paradiso, Amsterdam

It has been 7 years since I last saw Tegan and Sara in concert. It's amazing to see the identical twins from Canada are still going strong internationally after so many albums. It was not a sold out concert, but the crowd was full of girls and a few tall guys at the front who were big fans. 

Tegan was the main one of the two, the main talker, the one who played guitar, the main songwriter but all of my friends who came along all agreed that Sara was the cuter one and because she's more introverted. Both seem incredibly down to earth and entertained the crowd with stories and engaged with members of the audience who recently had heartbreaks. 

They played their new songs (my favourite one is called 'Boyfriend') and my old faves such as Walking With A Ghost, Back In Your Head, Alligator and Closer. 

All in all it was a cute concert. Wouldn't die to see them again during this tour, but maybe in 7 years again! Thank you to my special Bianca for taking me along! <3 

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VIDEO: Return Of The Mack cover

I'm back! After spending 3 months down under, I decided to record a cover of Return Of The Mack by Mark Morrison as a soundtrack to acknowledge my return to Amsterdam. Swedish DJ Nevada covered the original and made it into a summery club jam and I thought it was super catchy that I had to do a cover myself. Also, a lot of my latest covers on Acapella App were really slow and cello-eque, so this time I thought it would be fun to try something new, which includes singing and dressing up. Let me know if it's a good move, or an embarrassing one!

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VIDEO: One Day I'll Fly Away cover

A girl I met on Acapella App made a request for me to sing the Song from John Lewis Christmas Ad 2016 ONE DAY I'LL FLY AWAY by VAULTS. The original song is by Randy Crawford but it had a totally different feel so I opted to do the lush string version which was also made famous by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge. 

Happy holidays everyone and all the best for 2017!

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GIG REVIEW: 2CELLOS at Palais Theatre, Melbourne

After missing 2CELLOS concert in Amsterdam Cello Biënnale in 2014 due to a vacation, and then missing them for the second time this year due to travel plans (!) I just let go the idea that I would ever see them live. Until I received a letter in the mail from someone dear to my heart with a ticket to their sold-out Melbourne show! WOW! 

I arrived at the gorgeous Palais Theatre, one of my favorite concert hangouts in Melbourne, and took my seat. The support act, The Twoks, consisted of an ex couple, the lead singer/violinist and drummer who sang quirky love songs about their break up and other trivial topics. 

When 2CELLOS came on stage they just did their thing like clockwork. Both Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, who have been classically trained by the best (Luka finished his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Stjepan at RNCM in Manchester along with winning many international competitions and studied with the top cellists of this age) were so technically sound but then like supermen on top of it. They were like super cellists. Luka is the introverted, gentle and "quiet achiever"-type who plays the bass (he tunes the C string down to a low G) and the rhythm, while Stjepan plays the joker, flirter and "wild guy" and during the rock half of the concert he wore his electric cello with a custom rig and rocked the stage. They also brought out a drummer in the rock half of the concert. During Michael Jackson's Human Nature, one guy from the audience shouts out "WHAY WHAY" in the most Australian accent and continued to do so until the end of the song and in the end became the hero of the night. 

2CELLOS were absolutely mindblowingly amazing. 

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Meeting Vince Pizzinga

A long-lost penpal who I finally met, 13 years later! 

In 2003, as a teenage fangirl I became obsessed with Australian singer/songwriter Delta Goodrem and her album Innocent Eyes. All the songs were so catchy and she was so amazingly inspiring as a human being. She could sing beautifully, play the piano, but most of all, she sparkled when she played and whenever she was interviewed. 

When I discovered that her album had strings, I was adamant on playing with her in the future. So as simple as that, I checked the credits on the CD booklet and searched the name of her producer, Vince Pizzinga on the Internet and sent him an email. To my surprise, Vince replied to my first email and we somehow became friends. I had a lot of questions about how he got into the music industry, and told him my frustrations of being a classical cellist and not knowing how to get into pop music. 

Eventually we lost touch, but with Facebook and Instagram, we ended up 'staying connected'. As Vince relocated to Los Angeles in 2006, I thought I would never have the change to meet him. Then by chance, I was going to Sydney for a conference and I saw he was posting photos from Sydney and invited him for a coffee. 

We talked about our projects and passions and just started to get to know each other from scratch. He told me about being the musical director and playing the cello for Delta's Wings of the Wild tour, his new joint cafe venture Matcha Mylkbar and making a documentary with his friend. What an amazing kindhearted interesting and not to mention humble soul Vince is, exactly how he was in the emails. So great that people like this in the world exist. I am so grateful to have met him and hope to meet him again one day. 

Vince with Delta Goodrem and the boys performing her new killer single The River at the NRL Footy Show

The album - 'Innocent Eyes' (Sony/BMG) subsequently had over 4.5 million sales worldwide, was awarded ARIA “Album Of The Decade” in 2011 and in 2003, Delta Goodrem was the winner of 7 ARIA Awards. 

More about Vince:
Official Website
Instagram

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Meeting July Jones in London

The first friend I made on Acapella App and met in real life!

July Jones (soul-pop singer/songwriter based in London) was one of the first people I followed on Acapella App was who I discovered on the popular page. She really stood out to me and I liked her unique style. So I reached out to her just to connect and we immediately became friends. We talked a while about which song to collab together and before I knew it, I was heading to London for work and it gave us a chance to meet up! 

We met up for lunch on a beautiful sunny day with both our girls and it was so unreal to exchange stories about life and where we want to go with our music. We even talked about one day playing together. What an inspiration to meet such a smart, talented and confident young lady at only 20 years old! So grateful for the Acapella App which has a community FULL of amazing people! 

We also finally did a collab together - Runnin' (Lose It All) by Naughty Boy feat. Beyoncé: https://mixcord.co/acapella/p/L9BxgiJQPv22HeB-3p83VA/

Follow us on Acapella App: JulyJones and thewongjanice

Check out July Jones:
Official website
YouTube
Instagram
 

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Cheap Thrills Compilation

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Cheap Thrills Compilation

1 cellist, 13 singers and 2 violinists!

So a few weeks ago I put the cello music up for Cheap Thrills on Acapella App and asked if anyone wanted to sing with me. Again, I was blown away by the talent of these people!!! People who I don't even know! Grateful and happy to collaborate with these people on this app. 

If you don't know Acapella App, download it on the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play Store

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Work From Home Compilation

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Work From Home Compilation

A few weeks ago I put up my video on @acapellaapp and asked if anyone wanted to sing Work From Home. I had around 40 random singers record any part of the song and this is the AMAZING RESULT of these singers put together! 

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I MET GRACE CHATTO FROM CLEAN BANDIT!

Can't believe I met Grace Chatto, the cellist from Clean Bandit. I saw Clean Bandit perform in 2014 in Utrecht and when I saw Grace playing her NS Design electric cello I knew it was the one for me. It took me one year to save up to buy it and now I finally have it. I called it Grace. 

Anyway the night before I was supposed to fly to Germany for the yearly adidas Global Brand conference I was reading the lineup for the festival they organised and I saw CLEAN BANDIT on the list. WTF!!! Wow I was so happy! I was going to try to meet Grace! 

As I arrived at Nuremberg airport I was thinking about how I could meet Grace and who I could contact... I came up with a plan and 1 hour later I was snuck in and was watching their sound check! After a long rehearsal (they were not really warmed up yet and the singer was still finding her flow) they finished and as they were about to leave, I was invited to come and talk to Grace. I nervously chatted about having the same cello, and she said she was still not used to it yet and had to look at the frets. It was a bit awkward and very quick, but I thanked her for inspiring me and got a photo together. That was enough! 

It was a cool festival. Jungle was the first act, followed by Clean Bandit and then Stormzy. There were food trucks in city themes, and a hot air balloon on a crane. It was an amazing show put on by adidas, and leaves us feeling proud and inspired. 

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