We have been getting to know some of our Favourite DJs
Slipmatt. Founding member of SL2, best known for the massive house tracks “On A Ragga tip”, “Djs take control” both of which were huge in 1992 and continue to be played to this day.
Our Conclusion: Back in the day Matt was probably one of those guys who danced like Keith Flint in Firestarter but now has become civilised and shops in Waitrose.
Eamon Downes from Liquid. Now living in Rome creating and producing tracks, his original hits “Sweet Harmony” followed by “Liquid is Liquid” remain firm favourites for old-school ravers like us!
Our Conclusion: Eamon looks too young to have been playing in the 90s!! where he looks good. He’s Dj’d all over and now and has become a family man!
Jon Fitz, DJ, Musician and producer. Worked extensively with Jason Herd and produced some massive hits in the mid 2000s including “I just can’t get enough featuring the vocals of Abigail Bailey” and “I like the way you move”, where he was the bass player for the Body Rockers.
Our Conclusion: Jon uses lots of haircare products and despite being a house Dj now loves his disco. We are waiting for “Abba the mixes”
Seamus Harji, DJ, Producer. From his early days using an Atari, he developed his craft and then ended up producing in partnership with Paul Emmanuel which resulted in some massive tracks including “Booty luv” and “Take me away”.
Our Conclusion: Seamus is a master technician and an ear for hearing disco samples and turning them into house classics. Rumour has it, if you are invited round to his place ask him for a Vindaloo.
Have you ever had a Green Card, because if you have one now or have ever had one in the past just because you don´t live in the US anymore, doesn´t mean that you don´t have to file your taxes.
Even if your Green Card has expired it does not relieve you of your US tax obligations. Under the US tax rules, once you have gained resident status it is deemed to continue unless it is rescinded, or administratively or judicially determined to have been abandoned.
Once you formally renounce your Green Card status, you then file the correct forms to officially cut ties with the US tax system. In certain cases the ex- Green Card holder may also be subject to an exit tax.
The key question is how long they have had it. A long-term resident is a non-U.S. citizen who is a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. for at least eight years during the 15-year period before their residency ends. A “lawful permanent resident” means a Green Card holder. However, you are not a “lawful permanent resident” under this rule for any year in which you are treated as a resident of a foreign country under a tax treaty, as long as you don’t waive the treaty benefits applicable to that country’s residents. Caution: holding a Green Card for even one day during a year taints the entire year.
As we enter November we have some new faces join the radio and some established shows coming to an end. We say goodbye to D.N.S, who has been on air since April 2016 with her Friday night show Groove Control championing a mix of experimental techno. As well as being an integral part of the events team and founding the Women in Sonar project, we give a big thanks to Michelle who is moving on to head up the radio project for shesaidso Barcelona and look out for future Groove Control events at in Barcelona and beyond.
Philippe Bartu is changing the pace of your conversation and helping you reflect about the way you feel on Wednesday Evenings. This week at 18.00 expect Philippe to be asking the questions and providing the insights to real life coaching clients in the studio. Want to be a guest simply message his page
Also joining us back on air are Farida and Marc with Magic Mondays. Every Monday at 11.00 combining the best guests, hilarious chat with their own insights into life, happiness, and fulfillment.
Nine former members of the Catalan Government are now “banged up”, including former vice-president Oriol Junqueras. After 12 hours in court yesterday they were taken to the prisons of Estremera and Soto del Real. Except the former Minister of Economy, Santi Vila, who avoided detention, after resigning from the government prior to the vote and pay a bond of 50,000 Euro.
Judge Carmen Lamela ordered for permanent detention Sr. Junqueras, Jordi Turul, Raul Romeva, Josep Rull, Dolors Bassa, Meritxell Borràs, Joaquim Forn and Carles Mundó. Stating that there was a flight risk, criminal reiteration and destruction of evidence.
An international arrest warrant has been issued for Puigdemont and the 4 other members of the previous government who remain in Belgium. It remains to be seen if a Belgium judge will consider there is sufficient evidence to justify the charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.
Thousands of Catalans expressed their shock and dismay and feel as though we have returned to the days of Franco with the internment of political prisoners.
Spain has given a deadline to the Catalan government to clarify what they plan to do regarding the fate of Catalan independence; Puigdemont will have until the 16th of October to state his intentions before the central Spanish government will force action, possibly to strip the region of what autonomy it has.
After a statement from Puigdemont saying that he had accepted the mandate for “Catalonia to become an independent state”. Rajoy has said he was giving Puigdemont until Monday to decide if he really wanted to take the path of independence.
“It is very important that Puigdemont clarify for the rest of Spain if he declared independence yesterday or not,” he said. He added that if Puigdemont did go ahead with secession, the central government would give him until October 19th to reconsider, before suspending Catalonia’s regional autonomy.
The deadline sets the clock ticking on Spain’s most serious political emergency since its return to democracy four decades ago.
Rajoy has said he will not negotiate on anything until the separatists abandon their independence drive, and rejected calls for mediation in the crisis. This comes after intense scenes of violence in the streets of Barcelona during the referendum last Sunday, with over 900 Catalan voters injured by Spanish police trying to stop the vote from going ahead. The police violence against voters during the referendum vote sparked international concern and turned many more Catalans against the central government.
Crowds of thousands gathered outside the parliament building in Barcelona on Tuesday ahead of Puigdemont’s speech, waving Catalan flags and banners and screaming “democracy” in the hope of witnessing history in the making. But reaction among separatists in Catalonia was mixed. With the ultimate decision of whether Catalonia will break away from Spain still unclear, residents can only wait to see what will become of their home region over the next few days, in what must surely be a historic time for the state no matter what the outcome.
The problem of sovereignty in Catalonia has been a tough talking point for a lot of its residents, since the region was absorbed by Spain around 300 years ago. In recent years there has been a crescendo of angry voices from Catalan inhabitants, to raise the issue of reclaiming their autonomy. This evening could see the results of hundreds of years of bitter resentment and political shoving come to a head. On the 1st of October, Catalonia held a referendum to see whether it’s people want to split from the rest of Spain or stay together – the Spanish government physically intervened, declared the vote illegal and launched scenes of violence across the city of Barcelona in an attempt to claim ballot papers before they could be counted.
Following an already-terse relationship with the central government in Madrid, the Catalan government have rejected the Spanish President Mariano Rajoy’s order to stand down and accept the union, as to split the country is banned by the Spanish constitution. Many are up in arms, and have claimed that this goes against the very nature of democracy itself.
Carles Puigdemont, the President of Catalonia, today will make an announcement about the future of the region; to stay with Spain or to disembark and try to make it as an independent country. Whether the region will be able to enjoy ‘semi-autonomy’ like the Basque country is unknown, but it is unlikely that negotiations will be able to take place with tempers flying so high right now.
One of the biggest questions is whether or not Catalonia would be able to survive as an independent country or not – without support from the EU, it will be a struggle to thrive. Does Puigdemont really aim to drive the region off a potential cliff? Or is this just a way to open the negotiation process to ensure better conditions for the Catalan people?
At 1800 this evening, Puigdemont will make an official statement from the Ayudamento in Placa St Jaume. Near the building in Passeig Lluis Companys there will be huge screens erected, so that the public can [see into the building and hear the statement] and hear history as it’s being made. The air is tense with anticipation as to what will happen – the Spanish police are manning the streets, some 12,000 strong. Whatever comes from Puigdemont tonight will ultimately decide the future of Catalonia for generations to come.
So no matter what your opinion on what the fate of the region, stay safe out there!
Meet Matthew Murtha, the presenter of Technically Funny and find out about his experience of Barcelona and working for our radio station
I had visited Barcelona twice before for the Primavera Sound Festival and fell in love with its rich history and culture. When the time came to relocate and continue my research in neural epigenetics, Barcelona was naturally on the top of my list. I was able to quickly find a renown lab that would accommodate me and won funding from the European Research Council to investigate how the genome becomes misregulated in autism spectrum disorders.
Since being here I have fallen in with the arts scene and taken up performing stand up comedy. Blending my passion for science with comedy has given me new purpose and a focus on scientific communications and outreach. Barcelona City FM provides the perfect environment to practice this craft with its reach of tens of thousands of people. In this respect, Barcelona has allowed me to achieve dreams I had not even been aware of!
How many pro Spanish unity protestors were there on Sunday on Via Laietana, 350,000 or 950,000? Depends on who you speak to and which newspaper you read. Whatever your point of view there were a lot and enough to remind us that Catalonia is fundamentally divided on independence.
Spanish national broadcasters continue to report on the list of Catalan based companies that are leaving, most notably La Caixa, Sabadell and Fenosa is this a real economic problem or fearmongering by scared anti-independence campaigners? The economic impact of transferring your headquarters is limited to taxation on profit. Services don’t move, employees mainly don’t move and many of the shareholders receiving dividends were not here anyway. That being said the symbolism of Catalonia’s largest companies leaving should be a wake-up call that leaving Spain and therefore the EU, UN and WTO is a big deal and one which should and would take years to fully negotiate and implement.
If Puigdement on Tuesday formally announces the results of the referendum, for which the local press indicate 90% voted “si”, and remains true to his campaign promise, this would give him 48 hours to make a formal declaration of independence. The ball would be in Rajoy’s court to impede this, either by carrot, with an offer of dialogue or by stick by arresting, or threatening to arrest, members of the Catalan parliament.
The Newspapers today are full of the economic ramifications of the uncertainty created by the moves towards independence. The two largest banks have grabbed the headlines with Sabadell announcing a move to Alicante and the board of directors of La Caixa will meet today to discuss a move to Palma. We should not be surprised by this, financial services value the ability to sell their services to the widest possible audience without barriers and will move to the largest centralised market available.
Meanwhile, the chief of Mossos, Josep Lluís Trapero heralded by many Catalans as a hero for not ordering police to violently remove voters last weekend is now being prosecuted for sedition by Madrid for failing in his duties. A reminder that despite many locals considering the Mossos d’esquadra as being a “local” police force they still fall under Spanish law and therefore accountable to the Spanish public prosecutor.
Expect to see a big pro-unity protest on Sunday, this time organised by the SCC, but Monday will be the real show-down, we know that the Constitutional court has ruled that Monday’s parliamentary session where Pugidemont was expected to make a unilateral declaration of independence has been ruled illegal. So if it goes ahead we may see Policia Nacional intervene and arrest members of the Catalan Parliament which in turn will provoke many pro-nationalist Catalans to take to the streets.