Tottie talks to Yukimi Nagano at Sónar Festival 2017

Yukimi Nagano

Little Dragon are no strangers to Sonar Festival. Having previously performed twice at Sonar by Day, this year 125,000 festival-goers would get the chance to see their unique and undeniable style of electronic pop at Sonar by Night and for many of us it would be the first time seeing them perform their fifth studio album ‘Season High’ released earlier this year.

Friday night DJ and presenter on Track Family Radio, Tottie, caught up with Yukimi Nagano right before their performance to talk about her personal experiences working in electronic music. “I have always had a lot of support with the guys and the band, it’s definitely harder going it alone as a woman in the industry.We also find out how she prepares for live shows and her top 3 female artists of all time.

Her advice to girls trying to break it into the music industry, “Dont be intimidated by anyone, the sky’s the limit“. So on that solid piece of advise, get out there and show them who’s boss ladies.

This year Barcelona City FM presenters D.N.S & Tottie reported at Sonar Festival on a topic very close to their hearts; bridging the gender gap in electronic music and tech culture and talking exclusively to female artists performing at Sonar Festival 2017 – #WomenInSonar2017.

Catch up on all the interviews on the Barcelona City FM Facebook page and YouTube channel featuring some of the fantastic female artists who performed at Sonar Festival and Sonar+D this year.

 

 

 

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D.N.S Talks to Jlin at Sónar Festival 2017

Jlin

Without a doubt one of the most exciting, innovative electronic music producers and live artist’ gripping the underground electronic music circuit the moment, Jlin cannot be defined by music genre or how danceable her productions are. The raw energy from her live set on the SonarLab stage at Sónar by Night on Friday this year was mind blowing. An injection of sonic soundscapes lifted a room full of Sónar’s more perceptive minds.

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WANT TO WIN FREE TEETH WHITENING? HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!

Have you been thinking about getting your teeth whitened or just sprucing up your smile?

We are partnering up with the British Dental Clinic and we’ve got you covered!

Every day this week, we will be posting a picture of a location in Barcelona. You will have to guess the correct area the picture shows. The more answers you are successful in answering, the more your name will be in the running for 50% off your service or FREE TEETH WHITENING with the British Dental Clinic. Be sure to check our Facebook every day and comment your answer. The winner will be announced in the upcoming week.

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YAY! The Barcelona Beach Festival Is Upon Us

Are you ready for the most epic beach festival of the year?

OH YES, I KNOW YOU ARE!! This festival is one of the greatest EDM experiences here in Spain. Beginning Saturday night and turning up all the way until Sunday morning, you will have the chance to enjoy some of the best artists that electronic dance music has to offer. Awesome appearances by Armin Van Buuren, Axwell/Ingrosso, Martin Garrix, Neil, and Marsal Ventura.

Everyone who has experienced this night loved every second of it. You know we’ll be there rocking out with you all. The beach will be full of concert goers and the parties during the night will be top of the line! Enjoy your summer and never forget this night! You have to go. You can purchase your tickets on the Barcelona Beach Festival website or on LiveNation.

DON’T STAY AT HOME WATCHING MOVIES AND EATING JUNK FOOD ALL NIGHT! GET UP AND GO TO THE BARCELONA BEACH FESTIVAL!!! YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT ! 🙂

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Like It or Not, Tourists are the Lifeblood of the City

Barcelona has been one of the top tourist cities in the world and is continuing to stay on that list with a rapid growth of tourist traveling to the area. But it’s not something that the citizens of Barcelona are too happy about. The city passed a law this week to curb tourism as visitors have begun to overwhelm the city and anger the local residents when trying to live their normal life. Last year, the city’s 1.6 million residents were heavily outnumbered by an estimated 32 million visitors, about half of them were just day-trippers. The new law comes after more than 25 years of relentless promotion of the city as a tourist destination, and coincides with a planned “occupation” on Saturday of La Rambla, a street that has come to symbolize what many view as the excessive and unsustainable number of visitors.

Barcelona Urban Neighborhood and a few other organizations have organized community associations under the slogan “Barcelona isn’t for sale”. The protestors are calling for an end to property speculation, which is pricing residents out of the city, and to low-wage jobs in tourist service industry.

Even though we can understand that the residents want to keep their peace of living, it is also hard to regulate tourism in a whole city. It also is not a bad thing. Think about it! The tourists that are visiting, are bringing business and revenue to the local restaurants and small company owners. That is a way to keep the city going and provide money to the business that possibly need it. In a way, tourists are helping the community. It is understood that the city may be packed, citizens may not be able to enjoy their attractions here because it is full of tourists, but it would not be realistic for the city to completely dismiss tourists from coming into the city. There are pros and cons to everything.

A few citizens that are apart of the Neighborhood Assembly for Sustainable Tourism describes the negotiation as “very frustrating”. While taking a survey the was carried out by the city, residents voted that their biggest concerns was tourists invading their privacy and living.

We will hope that in the upcoming months once the summer ends, the citizens will feel a little more comfortable with the situation. Barcelona is a beautiful city as we all want to enjoy it.

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Women in Sonar Festival Interview with Sofie Winterson

tottie and sofie winterson

June in Barcelona not only means the start of those sweaty sleepless summer nights, but also Sonar Festival is upon us. With Sonar in its 24th year and most highly attended to date, a record number of 124,000 festival-goers descended on the city for one of the most respected worldwide music festivals in electronic and advanced music

This year Barcelona City FM presenters D.N.S & Tottie were there from start to finish reporting on a topic very close to their hearts; bridging the gender gap in electronic music and tech culture and talking exclusively to female artists performing at Sonar Festival 2017 – #WomenInSonar2017.

Dutch singer/songwriter Sofie Winterson pulled out a beautiful performance on the Red Bull Music Academy presents Sonar Dome stage on Friday. Tottie caught up with Sofie after her performance to talk about her personal journey as a woman working in the electronic music industry, how she gets into her creative groove and which female artist she would like to collaborate with next.

Sofie comments: “I Loved playing Sonar. Even though most of our equipment was lost in our transit and we had to switch to rented gear which was quite stressful, we felt the performance went really well and the crowds were lovely. Barcelona is a magic place and I hope to be back for Sonar in the future.”

Over the next few weeks D.N.S and Tottie will be releasing all the interviews on the Barcelona City FM Facebook page and YouTube channel featuring some of the fantastic female artists who performed at Sonar Festival and Sonar+D this year. 

Interview: Tottie
Artist: Sofie Winterson

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A Night of UK House & Garage

Talk to people about Britain and they will tell you about Brexit, pork pies, and Monty Python. But don’t forget about the music. We have your exclusive access to the hottest UK House & Garage event coming this Friday!

It’s only right that Barcelona’s English speaking radio station deliver a night of classic UK House & Garage Flying in from London, Barcelona City FM’s DJ Katty has been on the scene for over a decade. From pirate radio, clubs & festivals, DJ Katty know’s how to throw it down so that you and your friends can have a great time. With support from Dj Munro, also from London and one half of Fantastic Planet, J Rus, all hail the UK garage raver.

The event will be held this Friday , 14 July at Garage 442 Avda. Diagnol 442.  They will be taking on the night from 11:00pm-3:30am.

See you there!

      

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Anarosa Takes On Dublin

LIGHT, CAMERA, ACTION!

You listen to her every week on our station. So be sure to tune in next week as our very own Anarosa takes on Dublin, Ireland. She will be airing live from the Irish capital for the next month as she studies at The Lir Academy, Ireland’s premier national academy of dramatic arts at Trinity College. Anarosa will be interviewing local actors and celebrities as she connects some Dublin’s household names and how they are succeeding in the industry. She will be broadcasting from the campus and be traveling around to speak to students on how they view the arts and its impact on the world.

If you are interested in the arts, you do not want to miss this feature. Be sure to tune in on Monday at 9am (Central European time zone).

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TATTED UP GRANNY!

Tattoos are becoming more accepted in the world as a form of creativity for the body. Some say that it is a way to express and describe who you are, while some view it as a destruction of your body image. Either way you put it, people are adding these interesting symbols, pictures, and images to make a statement.

Vivien Bodycote, 59, is a grandmother that you might be surprised to see. She has a passionate love for body art and has covered her body with more than 20 tattoos of Jose Mourinho. Yes, were talking about Jose, the former professional football player and the manager of the Premier League club Manchester United. Vivien says she gets weak at the knees at the sight of Mourinho and has dedicated her whole body to him. WHAAAT? Sounds outrageous.

Tony, 76, Vivien’s husband,  has retired from working with concrete and has invested fully into Viven’s ink addiciton. He has said to have spent more than £800 of his pension on tattoos of Jose’s face for his wife’s body. THAT IS A TRUE INVESTMENT FOR SURE! I know some of you have celebrity crushes and an idol that you look up to. But how many of you would actually dedicate your entire body to this one person…PERMANENTLY?

Viven said in an interview, “I rarely go into town and not come back with another Jose tattoo. I must have 20 of just that man. He’s not just the special one, he’s the only one.” THE ONLY ONE? REALLY VIV? The price of her tattoos have varied with some being only £60 to £250. She has not even been to a football match since the 90’s, but when she attended with her father, she fell in love ever since. Just last week, she has gotten a quite large size tattoo of Jose’s face on her thigh. She has images of his faces on other parts of her body, but she said this is the biggest one yet.

A quite bazaar decision as well is that she said if Jose was to propose to her at any time, she would divorce her husband for him. That seems a little far fetched. I would feel bad if I was Tony. But hey, they might be able to come to an agreement in this situation. Let’s hope that Ms. Bodycote gets to finally meet Jose Mourinho so her dreams of meeting him can finally come to life.

Take a look at the pics below of her fantastic and extravagant art.

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Sounds on Sunday at the Hotel Alma

Barcelona City FM Sounds on Sunday

Kicking off the summer in fine form Barcelona City FM invites you to join our Sounds On Sunday series taking place every Sunday evening on the divine rooftop terrace of Hotel Alma.

Our first event on Sunday 25th June set the vibe off in fine form with music from weekly Barcelona City FM radio shows Sweet Lemonade, Fantastic Planet and Track Family’s DJ Tottie filling the rooftop with weekend groovers and nu-jazz funk.

Barcelona City FM presents Sound on Sunday 1

We are back on Sunday 2nd July for another sunny Sounds on Sunday rooftop session with Barcelona City FM‘s very own Wednesday night Almost There Show host, Louie Headnod set to serve up a fine dose of hip hop, reggae, funk, soul and jazz. And if you like Brazilian beats you’re in for a treat! Didones brings the sunshine vibes of his Brazilian Beats show into the mix. Plus we have hotel resident DJ Loopnavarro stepping up with his selection of late night vinyl cuts.

Join us every Sunday from 18:00-23:00 at the Hotel Alma setting things up right for the week ahead. Sunshine, vibes and good times.

Sounds On Sunday
Every Sunday evening from 18:00-23:00
Hotel Alma – Carrer de Mallorca, 271
Add yourself to the Facebook event page to ensure entry

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