The Beagle Society

The Beagle Society

Artist I Rider I Activist

Author: Marjorie Bresson

JASMIN JAZZ – Base FM Director

  Can you present yourself? where are you from? what did you studied and what’s your work background? I’m half Egyptian half German. I was born in Egypt and I…


Can you present yourself? where are you from? what did you studied and what’s your work background?

I’m half Egyptian half German. I was born in Egypt and I was raised in Herne, a city in West Germany. I did her Master’ degree in Media Management & Media Production in Cologne then I wrote my final Master piece in radio in NZ. After this I started working in media in NZ and discovered Base FM. I was working as an intern for the bigger sister station called George FM. At the time, they wanted to close Base down because it wasn’t profitable, and I end up putting an offer for Base. At the time the station was 3 years old and I was 23. I took it over in 2008 and then, few months later, George FM have been sold to Media Works. NZ’s media is basically run by 2 major Networks, TRN & Media Works and then we have few independent ones that are trying to survive, and Base FM is part of those, it’s the biggest independent station in NZ! I am a DJ myself, I’m also an artist manager and I’m part of the music industry in general in NZ, I do a lot of mentoring, part of judging panel for certain things like NZ Air … lots of things.


What’s the business model of the station?

When I first bought the station they were nothing in place… No one was working for the station, every DJs were coming and go but they were no staff. It’s run by artist for artist and it’s 100% DJ choice, which is the big difference with any other radio station in NZ. It’s not a rotation of a top 40 tracks or whatever playlist but It’s all live, mixed So, we have 88 DJ’s on Base on a weekly rotation. Every two hours is a DJ presenting their musical selections and complete freedom of what they are playing.


Why did you choose to move to NZ to work in the music industry?

I came to NZ for the first time when I was 18 yo. Interesting and English-speaking country, not UK or States where I have been to many times and I just relay liked the country and I started working in media here I realised how creative and different it is to Europe where everything is quite regulated. Base FM especially is a very free platform. Is the artist that are running the station, not business people.


What would be your advice to someone who want to start his own radio (world wild)?

Find your niche! That’s the biggest advice. NZ is the biggest market for radio in the world, so there’s more radio station in Auckland than in NYC or London for example… We have the most situated market here and I get really frustrated because it’s all the same. You know, because they are all part of the 2 major Networks (TRN & Media Works) … This is a bad thing for the public as all information and music gets chosen by those 2 networks and then spread across the country as they see fit (or get paid for the most). Very controlling & dangerous! One song that supposed to be pushed is pushed on 10 stations at the time… this instead of being a voice for people or individuality and all that kind of stuff is not there! It’s part of the success for media because they do what is popular but it’s different with what we do… We don’t look at what gonna be successful in term of what gonna brings us money but the priority of what we are passionate about and I think that it’s really important if you start a radio station to find this point of difference! And to be prepare to not make much money and work really hard!


What’s your next project?

There’s so many projects that continuously need to be worked on ! It’s always a lot happening. Recently, we created an App and it’s works well cause we have more listeners but we always have to update. For example some players are not working right now because of Chrome … like constantly this kind of things and you have to deal with it. Then, obviously there’s this line-up of 80 dj’s that I have to manage because it’s constantly changing (who is no here, who can replace… etc) . At the same time I want to take the station back to the community. For example we are working on few workshop in different part of Auckland during the winter in collaboration with the Council. Otherwise, now I’m working on a fashion, music and dance show called Mosaic. It’s gonna be a free event open to everyone to celebrate collaboration and diversity !



*The Stoop is Oaariki and Golden Mane. For more than a decade the duo have been involved with music both in creation, live performance and behind the scenes providing them with great insights into local and international scenes. These two cats invited me to jump behind the decks with them for one of their weekly session on Base FM and it was blast !



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CHEY ATARIA – 1st Maori pro skater

–  & DEF MFG founder Kia Ora! Can you present yourself in Maori? Yeah hum… Ko nik toku ingoa, ko Ngati Kahanunu te iwi. Usually, when you present yourself in…

–  & DEF MFG founder

Kia Ora! Can you present yourself in Maori?

Yeah hum… Ko nik toku ingoa, ko Ngati Kahanunu te iwi. Usually, when you present yourself in Māori, you start by your canoe, then your mountain, your river, tribe and finally your name. So yeah, when you say who you are in Maori and where you come from you go through the generation to the first person that land on this canoe.
Ko (name of your waka) te waka: My canoe is (name of your canoe)
Ko (name of your mountain) te maunga: My mountain is (name of your mountain)
Ko (name of your river) te awa: My river is (name of your river)
Ko (name of your tribe) te iwi: My tribe is (name of your tribe)
Ko (your name) ahau: I am (your name)


Did you learn Māori language at school or in your family?

Actually, I’ve learned Maori language cause I used to host two Maori TV show. The first one was called “sk8 to exist” and the other one was mix of skate, snowboarding, surfing and I was the skate presenter! It’s was cool cause it was a lot of travel around, going to small towns in NZ and interview the kids, do demos, good surfers and do stories of them.

In the 13th century, the first Māori voyaged from East Polynesia in large canoes to discover New Zealand. The Maori culture originated with these first voyagers 700 years ago. Everyone knows about the haka but there’s lots of things that we don’t know about … Could you tell us 3 things about Māori culture in NZ?

Yeah, the way the several tribes landed to NZ is interesting! Each canoe landed in different area and each area became the tribe, the “iwi” from this canoe. Then, the tribes started to grow and meet each other… So country had grown from this 7 canoes! Another thing is that in the Māori culture there’s no swear words, no curse words. Then, Māori had no written language, it’s has been transmitted by symbolic meanings in carving, weaving patterns panels designs telling stories and songs.

Do you have any spiritual habits in your day to day life or before a skate session?

Hum, not really. I believe in karma, so in any action I do I try to be thankful, to be nice. I think that your past affects your present, so you must be good, maybe I’m suffering from stuffs I did in the past… I kind of have still on the back of my head that if I do bad things it will come back… That’s my spiritual way of thinking! Then, for me skating is a sort of meditation. You try to clear your mind, your focus on how to do the trick! So, I would say no real spiritual practices before a skate session but while I skate.

According to Charles Darwin we come from the monkey but according to you from which animal do you come from?

Maybe the pig Haha. I remember, that was maybe 20 years ago, a friend did a test asking me which kind of animal I’m and I think that I was the pig! I think there is a kind of meaning behind the pig and Buddhism. But it’s not the pig closer from us than the monkey? Otherwise, I would say a Dauphin! They are super smart, and they are the only ones that have sex for pleasure Haha.

Can you tell us a little bit about the skate scene in NZ? What’s your vision of its evolution?

Skateboarding scene in NZ is pretty good, is small considering the size of NZ but it has lots of very talented people. Lot of then ends up go to Australia cause the scene is bigger and there’s more opportunities. It’s kind of hard cause here it’s so small so the economy and the market of skateboarding in NZ is even smaller but the level of skating is raising. We are based in the bottom of the earth … To make it you must be in the United States, so you have to kind of a migrate to there and try to make your name, break through into the scene. Regarding the evolution, if we look in the last 20 years, California use to be the epicentre of the scene but now with internet a lot more companies from different countries (Magenta, Palas, Polar for exemple) that are becoming quite big in the industry and hopefully DEF can be the representors of NZ. That’s the goal!

What pushed you to start your own brand DEF?

I started as been sponsored. I was pretty good, wining a lot of competitions, and I used to skate for few companies. At the time, like ten years ago, a friend of mine had started a clothing company in NZ called Huffer. He sponsored me and teaches me the way he was running his business. He gave me inspiration and I just decided I wanted to break off and do my own thing. I was promoting all theses other brands and I made a name, so I thought I could use that to promote and make a couple of team riders … It was kind of easy to get in!

Do you have any intentions to spread the brand overseas?

Yeah, this year was supposed to be the year I’m focussing to spread overseas! We have a couple of Australian stores that just opened, and I know a friend that get a shop in Japan so we gonna try to get the brand here as well and maybe next year we gonna try to have a store in Los Angeles!

To survive the species have to adapt to their environment (according to Charles Darwin) … we’re in a period with lot of changes: climate, technologies … does this awareness have some influence in your day to day choices?

I try to recycle and I’m kind of aware of the fact that we create lots of rubbish, so we switched recently the plastic bag we put the t shirts in. I think that the world is changing and maybe we’ll have to switch the model up and start to create locally but for now it’s in mind but its hard… When I first started I used to have the boards made in NZ and it was a point of difference but then his costs go to expensive, but the possibility is that we could go back to him in the future. We could be self-sufficient.



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AMBER CLYDE – Member of Girl Skate Crew NZ & OnBoard Skate School

One of the women working with Girls Skate Crew NZ & OnBoard Skate School, to change societal norms around girls in skateboarding! According to Charles Darwin we come from the…

One of the women working with Girls Skate Crew NZ & OnBoard Skate School, to change societal norms around girls in skateboarding!

According to Charles Darwin we come from the monkey but according to you from which animal do you come from?
I like to believe that we came from monkeys! But if I could chose an individual animal to think that I came from, I would probably say a Wolf. Just because I’m quiet, but can be loud. And shy, but can be outgoing. I’m also protective of my little girl like a wolf mama 😉


Since how long are you skateboarding? How did you start?
My dad used to use skateboards to move engines from car to car in his garage when I was younger, I used to sit there and watch him work on his cars. And one day I remember looking at the skateboard, and it had bright purple wheels. I started playing on the skateboard every now and again when I was 7, until when I was 9 and my uncle showed me a movie called Lords Of Dog Town. I remember watching them skate the bowls and thought it looked super rad! I begged my parents for a skateboard for almost 2 years when I my first deck when I was 11. A year later I was competing in competitions and kept skating until I was about 15. I stopped for 5 years, and started again when I was 20, 2 years after having my daughter.


What do you think about the media’s exposition of women in skateboard scene? what’s your vision about female skateboarding evolution?
I think the media is exposing female skaters a lot more than they used to! It’s awesome seeing skaters like Lacey Baker and Nora go pro. I still think there is a lot of sexualising involved, but it’s improving slowly. I hope we can all just look at each other as skaters! So no homophobia, transphobia, racism or sexualisation. No categories, just humans all enjoying the same passion!


To survive “species” have to adapt themselves to their environment… how do you adapt yourself to this male dominated sport and what would be your advice for a girl who want to be part of?

I’m a really shy person, so it’s taken me a long time to adapt to it. When a girl shows up to a skate park, all eyes usually go straight on them. People wanna see if they’re good, plus they’re not used to seeing girls down there. My advice for girls starting out is to just stand your ground! Most of the guys down there are super friendly, but you will come across the odd guy who will disrespect you in some form. But my advice is to stand up for yourself. Everyone deserves to be there just as much as each other.


Can you explain us the female skateboard programmes you’re running with Onboard Skate School? What are the different goals?
The programmes I’m running with Girls Skate NZ at the moment are a Beginners Class, Beginners over 18s class and Advanced girls class. I also do monthly meet ups at Various skateparks throughout Auckland as well. I run all of these classes down at the skatepark early on a Sunday morning. Occasionally we visit an indoor ramp that I have access to, but my main goal for the classes is to build the girls confidence in the environment of the park together

What’s the next project of the Girl Skate Crew NZ ?

 My next project with Girls Skate NZ is holding a female only skateboarding competition and showcase at Valonia Skatepark on the 21st of July.
Then this summer I will hopefully be starting a summer skate series. Which will be completions every weekend for about a month at different parks throughout Auckland.


How do you help young girls to gain confidence by skateboarding?
I like to think I help the young girls gain confidence by just sharing my experiences as a young female skater growing up, helping them with tricks whether it be advising them how I do it, or holding their hands so they get used to the movement of a trick. I also think it’s awesome seeing all the girls from my classes interact together and form friendships from sharing the same passion


Who are the female skateboarders that inspire you?
The female skateboarders that inspire me are definitely Georgina Mathews who is a female skater here in New Zealand! She just really throws herself in there and has the most awesome sense of humour. I also really love Nora Vasconcellos. She shows up all the boys and is another hilarious person.


According to you, what’s the best skate park in NZ?
In my opinion, the best skatepark in Auckland, is Valonia Skatepark in New Windsor. I heard it was not only designed by skateboarders, but built by them as well. In my opinion the bowl and all the copings on the park are flawless and it all just flows so nicely.


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LOGAN BAKER – Shipwrecked Festival & Auckland Techno Collective Founder

Your nick name is “Bogan Laker”, can you explain what “Bogan” means for our frenchies’ friends? Haha, A bogan generally is a nick name for someone with long hair, black…

Your nick name is “Bogan Laker”, can you explain what “Bogan” means for our frenchies’ friends?

Haha, A bogan generally is a nick name for someone with long hair, black metellica t-shirt, stoner, westie (known here in Akld) general ratbag and doesn’t conform to society’s rules. I don’t have long hair or own a metellica tshirt, But I would wear one.


According to Charles Darwin we come from the monkey but according to you from which animal do you come from?

No idea really but in the chinese animal zodiac sign, I’m a Rat to which sums me up pretty good. (Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with your opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude. On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things).


Can you tell us a little bit about the music industry in NZ & more precisely about the underground music?

There is a slowly building culture here in NZ, but it’s very hard finanually to get artists from overseas due to the long haul and expencive flights. The underground scene is so small and intimate but we can have some pretty amazing indoor and outdoor events if you know how to find them. There is a new breed of young kids that are producing music and doing cool events which is nice to see. We do get help from the Aussie’s which helps to bring international artist’s and event organisers to come help us build Shipwrecked in New Zealand. The biggest downfall is that we do not have any decent clubs that have resident nights or DJ’s booking them. We have two clubs that have house or techno on a Friday and Saturday and that is it. The rest are top 40’s or Trap/house/booty/dubstep/mix clubs which I cn’t stand especially on there lack of sound systems. All in all to sum it up its very small, unique and hard to find. If you want to find any techno or house night in Auckland you are best to look up here


How could you describe kiwi techno lovers species?
Dedicated, evolving and hard working.


What pushed you to start Shipwrecked Festival? what was the triggering element?

I always wanted to run my/co own a festival that makes waves accross the world with artists that I liked rather than a lot of the more commercial festival in NZ. The triggering point was when I got introduced to a friend Dale (thanks Anothny Muirhead for the intro), he had just came back from Berlin and London from living abroad for 7 years or so. He told me about a festival called Fusion and the Bachstelzen crew, which I had heard about from our friends from Subsonic festival in Australia. We decided it was time we woud have a go and hosted over 5 End Of The Line events and another German crew called Off The Radar came for two years. After this we founded Shipwrecked Festival with my partner Josephine. We are up against the local councils and neighbours every step of the way to the point where it becomes somewhat illegal and still we managaed to pull off one of the best little festivals I believe the world has to offer. So come next year : FEB 8th-10th 2018: for more info !


Can you describe rufflely the Shipwrecked Festival concept?

Shipwrecked evolved out of another festival. Off The Radar and End Of The Line where there on this site before Shipwrecked. The main reason why it became Shipwrecked was because of the Giant Boat that I found on the side of the motorway and we had it transported to the site as a pool. But then instead we turned it upside down as a shelter.
Now we have three boats, Cabins, DJ booths, Sound booths, Stages and a private lake and beach. Its kinda unique and never been done here in NZ before so it’s I nice feeling when you see peoples faces with nothing less than the biggest smile they can produce.


To survive species have to adapt to their environment… how do the festival adapt and protect his own environment?

This is a very hard question, Well we have had alot of issues with council and neighbours. Because of the past where 1 event none of the two mentioned above basically annoyed the neighbours so much that they now have gone to the court system and have tried to shut us down three years in a row. We still ran the event from Saturday midday and didn’t stop till Monday am. We are somewhat stubborn and I’m super driven so nothing was stopping us from having the event. We make sure we are also environmentally protective. Leave no trace of rubbish, Recycle and refuse waste, use bio cups and straws (we even stopped the straws). We makes sure the whole area is clean in the surrounding roads and lakes also so we don’t get complaints from people.


What are you top 5 of music festival in the world?

Strawberry Fields (AUS), Shipwrecked (NZ), Subsonic (AUS), Fusion (Ger), Splore (NZ) – would be the ones that I have liked most out of the ones I have been too.


Which artist inspire you ?

A lot of artists inspire me, but to name some – Luke Hess, Alexkid, Uone, Out Of Sorts, Nima Gorji, Peace Division, Acid Pauli, Ben Klock, Bicep, Amelie Lens, Nina Kraviz and a whole lot more.


Whats the next project ?

Well I have a few things on the go at the moment, I have a classic 62 Caddillac that I’m nearly finished restoring, I am making a Santa sound Sleigh, yes a Santa Sleigh so while it’s winter Im working on that to turn it into a Sound Sleigh that be towed by the caddillac in summer time to a beach or downtown and create some fun times. I’m also looking at warehouse space’s to try and find a good place to create and put on underground warehouse raves. Also Shipwrecked is totally on our minds slowly organising that.

Thanks for the time to interveiw me and I hope that we see some more frenchies here in NZ following our events !



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