It's the season one finale! Hasn't time flown? Never fear, the recording has begun for series two and we have a knockout, solid-gold, brilliant guest to ensure we see out this season with a bang. Enter the ring, Paul Oakenfold! Paul is not only known as a top DJ having previously been voted the world's best two years running, but also as a music producer, record label boss and for his scores on TV shows and films, including THAT Big Brother theme tune and Hollywood blockbuster, Swordfish. As well as all of that, he's also the man that created a movement with what became known as The Second Summer of Love which changed both the entire dance music genre, as well as the music industry as a whole. Three of the many takeaways in this episode include: How a fake ID and pretending to be a journalist helped Paul get started in the music industry. How a remix of a U2 song proved to be the launchpad for Paul's career. And why we should all be asking ourselves what we really love in life. Paul's Recommendation: Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
As both a creator of television formats and also someone who looks to find the most original formats globally, Sarah Edwards's creative instincts have to always be on. Whether it's working with her team to devise the next hit show or searching for the seed of something great in another territory, Sarah describes herself as needing to remain open to inspiration at all times. I met with Sarah at her office in Sony Pictures to talk about what goes into creating a hit show like The Weakest Link and Take Me Out, as well as going from someone who was 'average academically' to one of the most respected and leading figures in the television industry. Three of the many takeaways in this episode include: The troubles of trying to be innovative in a risk-averse industry and how to overcome them. What Sarah would look for in a creative intern from the 700 people that would apply. And an exercise to do that makes you go against your instincts in order to devise something original. Sarah's Recommendation: Essentialism: The Disciplines Pursuit of Less
With clients including Kate Moss and royalty, Elika Gibbs is renowned in the fashion industry for her work as both a stylist, as well as for being the first person to start a company specialising in wardrobe organisation. A business model that's now often imitated but never surpassed. For this episode, Elika came to record the episode at my home. It seemed like a nice idea at first, but as you'll hear in the show, it was a mistake! Never invite a professional organiser to your unprofessionally organised home... Three of the many takeaways in this episode include: How being better organised can improve creativity. The way in which to give ourselves the best possible start to the day. How Tamara Mellon helped Elika overcome her imposter syndrome. Elika's Recommendations: The Secret Sliding Doors Elika's Book Elika's Instagram
By always being open to an opportunity, Damon Bryant's career has been varied, fascinating and unlike any other. Having left school at 16, Damon went on to start a film company with Jude Law and Ewan McGregor, became an agent, ran a nightclub and even became the Creative Director of the Lotus Formula 1 Team - a first for the sport. Now combining all of his past hats into his current company Bacchus Entertainment, we sat down together at Quo Vadis in Soho to discuss what he's learned through the years and how beating leukaemia has given him his go-getter attitude. Three of the takeaways in this episode include: How the worlds of Formula 1 and music proved to be a game-changing moment for Damon. The reason stupid ideas are great. And why we should be saying yes to more opportunities that come our way. Damon's Recommendations: Sideways Who is Michael Ovitz? The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Hollywood Life Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood
As President of Sony Music's 4th Floor Creative Group, Cassandra Gracey brings together creatives from sectors including design, digital, branding, fashion, broadcast and photography. Assembling teams who work across Sony's roster of talent that includes Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Khalid. We sat down to discuss being a 'conductor of creatives' and her infamous work ethic that she calls work/work balance. Three of the many takeaways in this episode include: A game Cassandra plays with her team in order to boost creativity The qualities that Cassandra looks for in the many creative people that she hires. And an insight into the culture she instils to ensure that the best ideas always bubble to the top.