FRISKY LOVES THE UK
SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2012 @ 08AM NEW YORK CITY / 1300 UK / 1400 CET
FRISKY Loves The UK!(?)
JOHN GRAHAM AKA QUIVVER
TRIM THE FAT
You can tell when Nick Warren's on the decks. The music emanating from the man is that perfect club mix of driving percussion and soaring musicality, bursting out of the speakers, soaking everyone in melody, drenching them in sound. On the floor, where it really matters, his crowd experience all the peaks and troughs that make his music so unique. Locking on early, you'll hear his deeper take on house which morphs, as the club mood changes, into harder territory, music for sweating and losing yourself to.
That's why Nick Warren is so respected, because he knows how to truly work a club, to take a crowd high, then higher again. That's what comes with vision and, just as importantly, experience. Nick, a music obsessive who grew up on punk, reggae and pop was, like so many DJs turned onto the power of house music in the late 80s. Living in Bristol, he'd been playing tunes for a few years before, running his own club night, Wiggle. In 1990, a new house club, Vision took the city by storm and in a perfect bit of timing, he was offered the chance to play in the upstairs room, spinning weird downbeat Balearic records and mixing house with music by The Clash and Frank Sinatra. Catching the attention of a group of guys who had their own band, he was roped in to tour with them as their DJ when they went to play America. The group was Massive Attack.
As their official DJ, he began working on music of his own, even joining the Massive remixing team at one stage. At the same time, people were beginning to notice this quietly-spoken DJ from Bristol, the way that he really understood what made people dance, yet never compromised his vision of what good music should be. Here was someone, the dance music magazines said, who could rock it with the best of them, yet who also stood out as a person with their own unique style, mixing straight up house with trancier material, throwing in breakbeats to keep the flow going, playing the most up to the minute music that somehow also reflected a rich musical heritage. Joining up with another Bristol producer, Jody Wisternoff in 1994 to form Way Out West, they recorded the seminal 'Ajare' single together, a huge progressive house club hit.
Then came 'The Gift', sending Nick and Jody onto Top Of The Pops and catapulting Nick into the league of the superstar DJ. Their album, 'Blue' took every single one of the pair's influences and shaped them into a groundbreaking collection of tracks that stayed in the CD players of the UK and beyond for a long, long time. Nick was now travelling the world as a DJ. Liverpool superclub, Cream offered him a residency in recognition of his talent and in 1999 he recorded his first mix, Prague, for the highly respected Global Underground mix CD series, followed by Brazil, Budapest, Amsterdam, Reykjavik, Shanghai and Paris. At present he is touring the world, working on his new GU album 'Lima' & on a new Way Out West album with Jody. Nick also works as the director of A&R at Hope Recordings.
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There aren't many artists who've sound tracked the birth of dance music and are still leading its development more than two decades later. There are even less who have gifted both the club and pop scenes with unforgettable musical moments that get talked about in hushed tones years after their creation. Dave Seaman is one of a select few.
Whether it's one of his spine-tingling Global Underground or Renaissance CDs that's still burning a hole in your stereo years after its purchase, or the perfect pop of Kylie's "Confide In Me" that he co wrote, produced and remixed, there's very few with their heart in electronic music who haven't had a Dave Seaman 'moment.'
It's a commonality that everyone from clubbers at Creamfields, to the biggest recording artists on the planet share. Having devoted almost every weekend over the last 15 years to moving dancefloors from Ibiza to Iceland, Seaman has played the world's most recognised festivals and clubs in more than 70 countries throughout his career, while still lending his production nous to the music industry's A List. Along with crafting beats for Ms Minogue, Take That and Pet Shop Boys have enlisted his studio expertise, with everyone from U2, to Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, David Bowie and New Order having received a Seaman re-rub.
Make no mistake, his talents are unique. Few artists are able harness the creative complexity of an underground club burner and interchange it with the hook-driven dynamics of a pop cut, but Seaman has managed to do it time and time again. With massive discography of more than 60 releases and 30 remixes, his productions have gone on to feature on more than 80 other titles, released all over the globe.
Wind the clock back to when Seaman was eight years old and it?~@~Ys difficult to imagine anyone wanting to devote their life to music quite as much as the Leeds-born lad. While others indulged in pipe dreams of becoming an English Premier League star or following Neil Armstrong into space, Seaman ?~@~S much to his career councilor?~@~Ys disapproval ?~@~S knew he was destined for a life full of beats and rhythm.
30 years on from that initial boyhood dream, the places and people may have changed, but Seaman?~@~Ys passion hasn?~@~Yt. As busy as ever, he still continues to create. Whether it?~@~Ys through his own productions (check his recent stunning double A-sider ?~@~XAttack Of The Abalones/Wrong Side Business?~@~Y, along with collaborations with Josh Gabriel and Andy Chatterley) or his growing list of revered compilations, you know Seaman?~@~Ys always on the frontline of electronic house music.
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Jody's biog is deceptive, as he's achieved so much in a short space of time. Selling over 100,000 albums and delivering a Top 40 hit with his band Way Out West would be enough for most people. Yet along side their 3 Albums, countless remixes and production duties on everyone from the astonishingly cool (James Holden, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Orb, Roni Size) to the ridiculous (Natalie Imbruglia) Jody has managed to create music that not only elevates every dance floor but has also been used heavily in film and TV,(The OC, CSI, Grey's). 2004/2005 also saw a world tour on their own and sharing billing with Faithless and festival slots for Radio 1 at Glastonbury, Creamfields Prague, Creamfields UK and Argentina. Jody's sound has been his global meal ticket. But let's rewind a little to before all that happened, he'd already won the DMC Mixing championship regional heats at the criminally young age of 15, torn every rave apart in the early 90s as Sub Love with Full Cycle's DJ Die and djfd at most clubs Worldwide worth djing at, then got the band together (Way Out West) by the time he was twenty and on single three tore up the airwaves and the TOTP studio, with partner Nick Warren on their big hit "The Gift". Right now, with a new Way Out West album slowly taking shape (the fourth) he has been producing solo works (Cold Drink Hot Girl / Nostalgia / Starstrings), and is djing on a global scale! You can also catch Jody every month on friskyRadio!
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"Think 2Many DJs mixed with Richie Hawtin mixed with Alex from The Orb" - Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1)
Like a cross between Justice, The Who and Donna Summer, Trafik have been forging a style in the electronic music underground that is all their own, they blaze an improbable trail through the sonic space somewhere between ethereal cinematic scores and storming DJ weapons.
One of the premier artists on the seminal Global Underground label, Trafik have released over 150 tracks on Beatport, remixed the likes of UNKLE, Dave Seaman and Tilt, mixed 25 top selling compilations collectively amassing well over 1 million sales in total and their tracks have appeared on big US TV shows like CSI:New York and CSI:Miami.
Trafik's "Live Soundsystem" show has toured the world with sell out gigs in New York, London, Dublin, Paris, Bratislava, Johannesburg, Beirut, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, Tokyo and even on the Great Wall of China.
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JOHN GRAHAM AKA QUIVVER
John Graham started his production career in the early 1990s, and has been a household name within the electronic music scene ever since. He is best known as Quivver, but has invented a host of other monikers, including Space Manoeuvres, Stoneproof, Skanna and Tilt, each representing a different shade of his eclectic production sound and each giving an idea of his true versatility.
John has always gained consistent support for his many varied club releases from DJ giants and close friends such as Sasha, Tong, Oakenfold and Digweed, whilst also having his early Skanna efforts lapped up by drum & bass royalty including Fabio, Grooverider and Doc Scott. He is a multi talented DJ, producer and vocalist and after inking an early deal with A&M in the UK and being championed by Paul Oakenfold he joined Perfecto for several legendary releases and then onto Hooj Choons and Virgin's "VC" imprint.
John went on to establish his own "Boz Boz" label and more recently released tracks on Bedrock,EToolroom,ERaid/Strictly RhythmEand Yoshitoshi.E/p>
As a vocalist John has collaborated and written electrifying songs for the likes of Hybrid, Planet Funk and also Darren Emersons exciting new project The Low HighsE
As a DJ, John has traveled the world and performed every conceivable hot spot from Glastonbury,UK to Pacha, Buenos Aires to Asia to his enviable residency at the notable Twilo, NYC to Avalon, L.A.
In addition, his music has been licensed and charted innumerable times including most recently to Frank Millers The SpiritEand CSI ENY. He has also been and is working on film composing in The Taking of Pelham 123,ETwelve,Eand Shrek Forever After 2010.EAdditionally, he has produced the music for video game trailers including TransformersE Call of Duty- Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty World at War,ECall of Duty Black Ops,Eand Batman: Arkham City Riddler.E
His upcoming rock/electronic album (which is without doubt his best work to date) will be released on Distinctive RecordsEin 2012.
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Nick is probably best known in the dance world for his long standing association
with John Digweed and his Bedrock project although he has achieved a good
degree of success as an artist in his own right. Originally a pro session keyboard
player the advent of computer based sequencers drew him into the world
of producing and it was around that time he met John. They started producing
together almost immediately and now have a string of productions behind them and
the Bedrock label has become one of the most respected brands in the field.
Nick continues to write and produce club music with John and on his own, regularly
composes for TV and film and does the occasional DJ gig when time allows.
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King Unique is Matt Thomas, an all round studio junkie and dj with a taste for tripped-out cosmic techno and rough-edged underground house; in a career spanning nearly a decade KUfs distinctive sound has won an enviable global following. A ceaseless schedule of dj sets and festival gigs backed up by relentless studio sessions resulting in scores of records, remixes and radio broadcasts has made the KU sound an instantly recognizable part of the music-life of millions of the worldfs clubbers - and a fixture in the vinyl crates, cd wallets and laptops of the worldfs most influential djs. Consistently appealing across genres the tracks have been played by everyone from John Digweed to Soulwax, Richie Hawtin to Tiesto, and have turned up everywhere from Hollywood soundtracks to mobile ringtones - not to mention countless compilations and mix albums.
Formed in 2001 by Matt Thomas & Matthew Roberts, King Unique hit the floor running, claiming the title of Undisputed Remix Champs by scoring five Essential New Tunes in five months on Pete Tong's "Essential Selection" Radio 1 show. A US Billboard Dance Chart number 1 for the remix of Dirty Vegasf gWalk Into The Sunh, plus two more solo Essential New Tunes for Matt under his Watkins and Mainframe alter-egos saw KU firmly cement their place amongst the ranks of first-call remixers. The King Unique production touch has been in constant demand since, appearing on more than sixty remixes and yielding some of the biggest dance floor bombs known to man - Underworld's "Two Months Off", The Killers "Somebody Told Me", Planet Funkfs gThe Switchh, John Dahlback's "Late Night Worries", and Tracey Thornfs "Grand Canyon".
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Trim The Fat
His work has been support by some of the planets elite and has received plays on BBC Radio 1's Essential Selection. When it comes to his inherently experimental nature, music is the perfect medium for Trim The Fat, regularly adopting his live vocals, instruments and guitars, adding an engaging organic feel to his work. Alongside his production work Trim The Fat also DJfs regularly and hosts his own popular monthly mix show Mind Burst.
With his laid back and likeable approach Trim The Fat is fast proving to be the real deal. The stage is now set for the next chapter in this forward thinking musicianfs career, itfs time to get behind and show your support.
gA multi-layered wealth of funkin' ideas, strong!" DJ Mag
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One of RA's top DJs of 2011.
"One of the greatest new talents to emerge on the dance scene in the last few years" - Skrufff.com
"Consistently proves himself to be one of the most peerlessly beautiful recording artists in modern dance music" - IDJ
"One to keep a close eye on" - Fabric blog
"Haunting" - Clash magazine
"Beautiful, hypnotic techno that should be listened to by anybody with even a passing interest in intelligently geared dance music" - Electrorash
'"The End of Reason," a truly sublime beatless tour de force that recalls Philip Glass, Aphex Twin's most serene moments and even Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3" - Resident Advisor
The facts are easy to establish: Max Cooper has more than 50 original releases, tracks and remixes under his belt, from glitchy reinterpretations of big bands like Hot Chip and Au Revoir Simone to straight dancefloor 12"s like his breakthrough "Serie" originals and remixes for names like Agoria, Dominik Eulberg, Extrawelt, Pig and Dan, Kaiserdisco and Sasha.
The approach, meanwhile, is anything but simple. A melancholy composer whose live sets can raise blisters in a club, Cooper is as comfortable writing abstract electronica as he is writing dancefloor techno 12"s . A rationalist with an otherworldly, idealistic side, Cooper is also a wildly creative musician who until recently had a day job as a sober scientist.
And he's swung from extreme to extreme since he first took to the decks 11 years ago.
As Cooper sees it, there's conflict, but it's part of the music-writing process. Each side of his personality sparks ideas off the other, and what remains constant is his own unique and starkly emotional style. From his breakthrough trilogy of "Serie" releases on Traum Schallplatten - the first released in 2009 and with each track inspired by a different scientific or mathematical concept - Cooper has built a reputation for one-off originals, killer remixes and challenging DJ and live sets.
Since his first release in 2007, his back catalogue now includes two mainstream Hype Machine smashes with reworks of Hot Chip and Portishead, several Beatport genre top 10s, work with the visual artists Whiskas fX and Nick Cobby and an increasing number of collaborations with artists a long distance from Cooper's dancefloor beginnings.
With his time now mainly spent writing and touring music, Cooper continues to release his own originals, with 'The End Of Reason' described by Resident Advisor as "a truly sublime beatless tour de force that recalls Philip Glass, Aphex Twin's most serene moments and even Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3", and the UK's IDJ magazine saying that Cooper "consistently proves himself to be one of the most peerlessly beautiful recording artists in modern dance music". Stark, emotive and original, Cooper is, according to Skrufff.com, "One of the greatest new talents to emerge on the dance scene in the last few years".
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2006 was the year that Jim Rivers catapulted into the limelight with his hit debut single 'Restore', which was released on seminal label Saw Recordings. With plaudits coming through thick and fast, there was no time to put his feet up and enjoy the moment - filling up his record box with an arsenal of killer tracks, a new zeal (and passport) following this success, Jim embarked on a worldwide tour, taking him to clubs such as Pacha Buenos Aires, Zouk Singapore, Arma 17 Moscow, and AIR in Tokyo.
Crossing the many bridges between house and techno with relaxed dignity, Jim's rare mix of educator and entertainer has undoubtedly played a mammoth part in his success and regular callings to explore foreign shores. As a refreshing rebellion against the one-dimensional progressive blueprint that deluged from juvenile producers grasping at stardom, Jim stood out from the crowd; emerging as both a DJ and producer who could inject clubs with warm musicality and ramp up energy levels on the dance floor.
Jim's firm technical grasp for delivering stunning productions - as highlighted on his own tracks and remixes on sought after labels such as Saved, Simple and Four:Twenty - is coupled with the strong creative ability to coax original sounds out of them. Bursting with soul and character, Jim has also been called upon to remix tracks for Nic Fanciulli, Quivver and Steve Mac amongst many others.
2008 saw Jim collaborate with Paolo Mojo that raised the benchmark, taking Jim's sound to a bigger and broader canvas. Releasing 2 tracks; 'Darkplace' on Paolo's own Oosh imprint, and the powerful 'Ron Hardy Said', which was signed by Eric Prydz for his techier Mouseville Records. Flooded with melody and washed with driving synthesis; remixes of Milton Jackson & Sei A's "Glasgow Kiss" and Morgan Page & Gregory Shiff feat. Astrid Suryanto "All I Know" on Bedrock swiftly followed.
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Nick's passion for EDM and all its many genres stems from over 15 years in dance music as both clubber and DJ, and more recently Producer/Remixer. His influences come from many heady nights racing up and down Wales, the West Country, and in and around London, attending parties in fields, clubs & warehouses.
Working on a 'if I like it, I play it' basis, his DJ sets have historically been crafted using anything from VCR, tape, vinyl and CD.
His main styles lean toward the realms of emotive Progressive House, Tech House, and Progressive Trance, including a huge passion for Ambient & Downtempo music.
He has a huge love for the early days of electronic music, and you can almost always find a rare gem in the mix where possible. He hopes that you enjoy the musical journeys that he prepares for you.
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DJ, producer and remixer Ben Coda has now firmly established himself as one of the most exciting talents in the UK dance music scene. Since his first release at the end of 2008, Benfs unique blend of tech and progressive house has picked up massive support worldwide.
Ben has worked with some of the most influential and well-known labels around, including Unreleased Digital, Black Hole, Echoes, Tribal Vision, Baroque, Whartone, Weekend Music, Lowbit, Enormous Tunes, MC/Groove and Inkfish. The list of DJfs supporting Benfs tunes reads like a whofs who of dance music -- Funkagenda, Dave Seaman, Paul Oakenfold, Nick Warren, Roger Sanchez, Hybrid, Sonny Wharton, Daniel Portman, Chris Reece, EDX, Cid Inc and many morec
Benfs tech-prog sound crosses boundaries -- tough beats and rolling basslines contrast with soaring melodies, fusing his love of the tougher sounds of techno and tech house with classic progressive house.
Benfs tight, energetic DJ sets have rocked crowds worldwide. As well as being a regular in clubs and festivals across the UK, he has DJfd at an impressive list of international destinations. Ben also co-promotes eMotekf one of Londonfs most exciting new club nights, and has a monthly show on Proton radio, called eConnectedf.
With an outstanding list of releases behind him, Ben Coda is bound to capture your ear this year... Make sure you don't miss it!
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Both as a DJ and as a producer, London-based Luke Porters star is clearly on the rise. This native of Melbourne, Australia champions a unique, groove-driven sound that has rapidly propelled him to the forefront of todays global dance music community, winning his records attention from the likes of Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren and Armin Van Buuren, and his DJ sets peak-time slots at some of the worlds finest dance music destinations.
As a DJ, Luke's attention to detail and ability to win the hearts and feet of clubbers worldwide have seen him deliver at some of the biggest clubs and festivals in the world, from Australia, Greece and the UK to Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Poland, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic.
In the studio, Luke has been equally busy. His remixes and original productions have been featured on some of the finest underground labels, including Sudbeat, microCastle, Mango Alley, Flow, Iboga, Mashtronic, Baroque, Tribal Vision, Inkfish & Epsilon Trax. His ongoing collaborations with industry veterans Cid Inc & Medway have consistently garnered widespread acclaim, with an array of new tracks ready for release in the near future.
You can also add label owner to Luke's growing list of credentials. In conjunction with wonderkid Soundprank, the duo launched Temporum Music in 2011. The label is a showcase for their own records, laying a fundamental platform for their vision of modern progressive house.
Lukes in-demand status is further cemented by his many regular radio appearances, both as the host of the hugely popular show Alleys on globally-broadcast Proton Radio, and through frequent guest slots on internet and terrestrial broadcast stations around the world.
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In recent years, Jamesfs stock has risen significantly in the progressive house community with a compelling blend of immaculate DJ sets and intricate production work. After gaining a large grass roots following, he was invited to join the artist roster of the ever popular Hybridized.org on the back of his reputation within the progressive community for his meticulously programmed innovative sets. This approach has seen his audiences and support grow significantly over recent years and downloads of his sets in the thousands. Way Out West, Gui Boratto and Hybrid remix sets have seen strong support from the artists themselves and further cementing Jamesfs reputation as rapidly rising DJ and producer. Live work has also recently seen him DJ in both the UK and the US as his international standing rises. His Visceral show on Proton Radio has further galvanised this reputation, dominating the mix chart since its inception in early 2011 and in December 2011 he gained the Number 1 spot for the first time.
As a producer, James has worked primarily both as solo artist and collaboratively with funk demon, Mike Bandoni as eCoalescedf. Coalesced have released both remix and original material on a number of labels and plenty more work is in progress including a move into film and television scoring. Original works have seen remixes by Way Out West legend Jody Wisternoff and Darin Epsilon on the Coalesced track Cortina and a raft of tracks have been released on a labels such as Triptik, Electrofly, Silk Digital and Polytechnic. Jamesfs work with KiRA has also seen them release tracks on Polytechnic Recordings and a remix for Trafik on Global Undergroundfs Afterhours 5 compilation. 2010 also saw the release of a beautiful melodic house track featuring a vocal by Rachel Lamb and released on Triptik with support from the world's top DJs. James is continuing to develop his own solo work which has thus seen him release on Proton, Baroque, Olaris, Polytechnic and Silk Digital, gaining support from Markus Schulz, Nick Warren, Luis Junior, Ruben de Ronde, Chloe Harris, Ian Ossia, Sezer Uysal and Elke Kleijn while also catching the eye of Gui Boratto in his original productions.
Further remix work throughout 2011 has seen his work on Particles, Lowbit, Spring Tube and Stereo Paradise and a hugely successful dj'ing trip to Chicago in 2011 looks set to repeat itself in 2012.
James has plenty of work already scheduled for the coming months in both remix, original, and live arena and his passion for progressive, melodic remains undiminished.
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House and Techno Producer/DJ Wade Bennett is fast becoming one of the new faces of the Uk underground
Gaining international support from some of his favourite artists and peers, Wade productions have also received accolades from some of the biggest names In the dance music industry including the likes of Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo, Laurent Garnier, Nick Warren, Dubfire, Guy J , Stephan Bodzin, Dave seaman, Marco V, sander van doorn, Oliver Klein, Bookashade, Steve Mac, Alan Fitzpatrick. Cid inc plus too many more to mention.
He works continually on remixes and original releases for the likes of Baroque & Televizion and sub labels under the Proton Umbrella: Lowbit records, Jetlag Digital, Liquid Grooves & Cinematique. Releases under his former collaboration as Beta Blokka have received BBC Radio One airplay by Fergie, Sasha & Dave Spoon.
Wade has Performed at some of the Uk' s leading & Underground venues an events. the likes of Ministry of Sound, The Opera House (O2 Academy) & Global Gathering. just to name a few. as well as a number appearances across Europe.
Wade is currently studying music production at industry leading institution. The academy of contemporary music, Guildford UK he is now working alongside the Foundry studios With a Focus on producing arranging & engineering a broad range of electronic genres For who ever is willing to learn.
Wade is also currently working on his First solo Album & Live Set, wanting to bring some new and interesting sounds to the table. expect some surprises!
he is also working on number of collaborations with other up and coming electronic artists from the world over, and has a string of forthcoming releases & remixes on his affiliated labels. For the next year He will be representing Lowbit Records for future Bookings in the Uk, Europe and Worldwide
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ABOUT FRISKY LOVES THE UK
The Concept: Pick a region, usually a country, and showcase its electronic dance music to the world. The hand-picked DJs from the friskyRadio robots are sure to paint a unique picture of whats hot in that part of the world.
The Show: friskyRadio Loves...
The History: It all began with Argentina. Back in 2005, we had an idea: Why not do a show solely on Argentina, where some of the most passionate friskyRadio DJs and fans come from. Indeed, the first friskyRadio Loves Argentina wasnt even called "friskyRadio Loves Argentina," for even we didnt know what a unique concept and show we were pioneering. At the time, there was simply nothing like it anywhere: not on Internet Radio, not in FM radio. Like so many things on friskyRadio - we were the first to bring the 'Country/Region' showcase concept to the world. Since then have visited well over 30 countries or regions, from Russia to Finland, from Holland to DENVER and everything in between.