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Moving out: 1 week from thought to manifestation

My brother commented that he couldn’t believe it had only taken me 1 week from turning an idea into reality. He helped me move into my new apartment exactly one week after I decided I wanted to move out of home again after being there for just over a year to save money. It went like this:

Saturday 6 July: Decide to move out

Sunday 7-Tuesday 9 July: Look at a variety of studios, 1 bedroom and flatshare places

Tuesday 9 July: Blog about moving out of home. At 11pm I see an ad posted on Gumtree 2 hours earlier. Text them straight away to view the place the next day.

Wednesday 10 July: View place. Love it and have a good gut feeling about the woman/potential flatmate. She’s a salsa dance teacher and kinesiologist among other things and we have a mutual friend

Thursday 11 July: After some drama with another place, I take the apartment I saw the previous day and agree to move in on Saturday

Saturday 13 July: Pack my shit, removalists do their thing, sleep in my new room

Lesson of this story:

Gain CLARITY on what you want and just go for it. Tweak as you go along as you’ll be able to refine your preferences during your search. Then when you gain clarity on what you want, it’ll appear in front of you and you’re already ready to take it. Fuckin’ easy.

Bonus lesson:

FOCUS. I was super focused on finding a place, to improve my living situation (just wanted to be closer to Sydney CBD, everything else was perfect living at home) and wanted to make that change asap. The commute to and from work really fucked me up since it was an hour each way. Now I love walking down past The Star casino, over Pyrmont Bridge when the morning sun hits Darling Harbour and makes me grateful every morning that I live in such an amazing city.

Pyrmont Bridge, Sydney

Trina

Katrina Orpilla is an avid senior digital influence marketer and strategist at Citibank Australia during the day and a passionate street dancer, choreographer and owner of Ace Dance Studios in Sydney. Being President of the D2MG (dance, dj, mc graffiti) Hip Hop Society at UNSW in 2005 inspired the start up of successful blogs hiphopn.com (then moved to hiphop.org.au) and dancing.net.au, which helped her to become the product manager of an Australian-based urban music social networking site, and then eventually as a Website Manager at Citibank Australia in 2007. It was around this time that she decided to leave her executive position at the university society to establish a dance school in Sydney CBD called D2MG Hip Hop Academy, evolving into Ace Dance Studios in 2010.

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Why I’m such a dick

I’m the type of person who will call someone out on something if it’s worth my time. I’ll tell people I really care about, the straight up truth, sometimes in pretty blunt ways on purpose to shock them and make them remember what I said. I’m also the type of person who will happily serve myself my own medicine and get rid of douchebags who don’t. So I call myself out on bullshit, and lately I’ve been telling myself what I dick I’ve been.

Dick punch

I always tell people that “the most successful people are the ones who have failed the most” and in my case, I’ll happily admit my failures (which took me a long time to be able to do). One of which I am focusing on being better at – having the discipline and focus to make one of my many ideas, a reality. I’ve been really bad at finishing things I started. When I took the Myers-Briggs test at work, my result was INFJ and they said the biggest downfall of these types are not being able to finish what they start. Shit. This has always been my biggest downfall.

I’ve started working on so many ideas in the past that I just let fizzle. My blogging is one thing I regret not continuing. It was difficult, but I chose to focus on my career, my business (Ace Dance Studios) and my relationship at the time. That was already more than a handful. So now it’s time to fill the void with blogging again and this time, stick with it. I’m just going to merge my personal blog, mztrina.com and my Ace Dance blog into this one, hoping that will help me stick with it and not feel so overwhelmed.

Any encouragement from whoever is reading this would be MASSIVELY appreciated, in whatever form. Sometimes we just need a little push and acknowledgement to give us that boost when we feel like our efforts are fruitless.

More to come,
Trina

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Katrina Orpilla is an avid senior digital influence marketer and strategist at Citibank Australia during the day and a passionate street dancer, choreographer and owner of Ace Dance Studios in Sydney. Being President of the D2MG (dance, dj, mc graffiti) Hip Hop Society at UNSW in 2005 inspired the start up of successful blogs hiphopn.com (then moved to hiphop.org.au) and dancing.net.au, which helped her to become the product manager of an Australian-based urban music social networking site, and then eventually as a Website Manager at Citibank Australia in 2007. It was around this time that she decided to leave her executive position at the university society to establish a dance school in Sydney CBD called D2MG Hip Hop Academy, evolving into Ace Dance Studios in 2010.

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Farewell to Rangi “Rangsta Boogie” Harris, 1969-2013

 

Tribute to Rangsta Boogie: Graffiti art by Matthew "Mistery" Peet

Tribute to Rangsta Boogie by Mistery

My friend Rangi Harris loved Hip Hop and he loved sharing it with whomever he could. He was involved in all aspects of the street culture for most of his life and was often found at events, supporting the Aussie Hip Hop scene and catching up with everyone.

He would always make time to talk to you and see how you’re doing, genuinely interested and encouraging of your passion.

Shoutout to his close friend, Mistery, who arranged an amazing day of tributes complete with new graffiti pieces, T-Shirts, a mixtape by DJ MK-1, a moving ceremony and farewell jam at the Street University in Liverpool.

Sad to see him go at only 44 years old, leaving behind two young kids.

Rest In Peace Rangsta Boogie.

amazing graffiti art by mistery

Caption: Amazing piece by Mistery. Photo by: Studio De La Jojo

Bboys throwing down to show their respect. Photo by: Studio De La Jojo

Caption: Bboys throwing down to show their respect. Photo by: Studio De La Jojo

Nick Power throwing down at the farewell jam

One of the old school bboys, Nick Power throwing down at the farewell jam

T-shirt designed by Matthew "Mistery" Peet (Australian Graffiti)

T-Shirt sold to raise money for Rangi’s kids. Artwork by Mistery

Download this mixtape by MK-1 (Link caption and image to http://bit.ly/11yVRQD)

Check out Rangsta Boogie as a featured dancer in this clip for Aussie Hip Hop Group, Sound Unlimited:

 

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How I’m Re-Igniting My Passionate Love Affair with Hip Hop

At almost 28 years old, I feel old.

Old in the local street dance scene – and who can blame me, when I find myself surrounded by fresh-faced high school kids whenever I (rarely) decide to attend one of the events.

Being in the scene for 8 years now, it gets to a point where it all feels the same, and progress seems backwards. After running countless events, classes, workshops, battle competition and all things related to street dance, I’m in a period where I need to take a step back from the scene, remove all the external bullshit influence and reflect on what brought me on this path in the first place.

It all started when…

Back when I was 20 years old, a UNSW student with an enormous passion for hip hop culture… it was all a dream. I really did read Word Up! magazines and Salt ‘n’ Pepa were my rap idols. I wanted to make a difference through hip hop, through street dance.

My passion was pure, raw and fierce

I felt that hip hop could positively change people’s lives and that I could contribute to that cause; through blogging and running my own studio, educating people in the physical and online world at the same time. It was all about encouraging, acknowledging and respecting the freedom of self-expression through street art forms. I was ignorant and eternally optimistic, which is what I attribute my successes to.

Katrina street dancing in heels

Back in about 2007 when I started to do dance battles in heels

Then came the bullshit

Then, as with everything else, came the politics. The reality of business and turning profits, keeping positive cash flow. I opened a dance studio when I was 21 years old, not really knowing anything except that I loved to dance and wanted to share it with the world. My blogs gained massive success when all I did was write what I needed to say; I didn’t know or care about commercializing my words the way people try to make a dollar from their blog these days.

Hip hop culture has moved farther away from the mainstream in the past decade and part of me thinks, well less and less people care about it these days so anything I do will cater for a declining audience. The other part says “fuck it, that’s even more reason to come back and talk talk talk about something that has impacted your life so much, with a ripple effect on those who I’ve reached over the past 8 years.

Going back to where it began

So I realize that before I can move forward with my mindset, my writings and my actions, I should go back to where it all started; go on a journey to reignite that passion, restore my faith and relive special moments.

I hope others think about taking a similar approach, no matter what aspect of their life they want to revisit. I don’t know who’ll read this, who’ll care, but if you are and you do, drop me a note :)

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I had to post this video recap of the awesome beach day at the Radikal Forze Jam that I previously reviewed. What a crazy day!


Trina

Katrina Orpilla is an avid senior digital influence marketer and strategist at Citibank Australia during the day and a passionate street dancer, choreographer and owner of Ace Dance Studios in Sydney. Being President of the D2MG (dance, dj, mc graffiti) Hip Hop Society at UNSW in 2005 inspired the start up of successful blogs hiphopn.com (then moved to hiphop.org.au) and dancing.net.au, which helped her to become the product manager of an Australian-based urban music social networking site, and then eventually as a Website Manager at Citibank Australia in 2007. It was around this time that she decided to leave her executive position at the university society to establish a dance school in Sydney CBD called D2MG Hip Hop Academy, evolving into Ace Dance Studios in 2010.

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Knowledge: The Lost Element of Hip Hop

The Lost Element of Hip Hop

And so I continue my lifelong quest for Hip Hop enlightenment. 

There’s too much shit floating around the web, even more so than when I started blogging about hip hop back in 2006. Facebook and Twitter connect us to artists but no one’s really finding the quality stuff and filtering it for those who care.

My goal for this blog is to continue sharing information about Hip Hop culture to raise awareness, appreciation, support and participation for the practitioners to keep doing their thing in a positive way that benefits others.

I focus a lot more on the dance side of Hip Hop since that’s where my passion lies, after the musicology. I have a fascination with breaking/bboying/bgirling but don’t really do it – I’ve focused on freestyle in Hip Hop, house and waacking and fuck around with popping and locking depending on the music (though I’ve fallen on my ass doing a locking set in a mini denim skirt and cramp my leg every time I do a popping set – that shit is the most dangerous).

Hip Hop heads can really get too deep with the knowledge side of things, to the point where the general public, who I prefer to be educating, can’t relate and can’t understand so they keep their superficial views and distance on such a rich, diverse and universal culture.

From my experience, it’s like bboy jams – you only ever see the participants, a few male fans and a few girls who are most likely the girlfriends of competitors. It’s so niche and closed that even other non-bboy dancers seem to rarely attend those things.

Having run many bboy jams myself, I always wonder about how to attract and keep that public audience – the most successful event being my Next Gen Jams which, are part of Carriageworks’ annual Platform Hip Hop Festival in Sydney. The crowds are huge and positive – showing that integrating it into a bigger event works best.

Next Gen Jam breakdance competition

Myself and the boys at the D2MG Next Gen Jam at D2MG Hip Hop Academy, Sydney in 2009

I’m fortunate enough to call some of the pioneers and influential figures in the Hip Hop dance and Bboy scenes my good friends. I’d love to meet everybody and get to know them – their story, what drives their passion, their goals and ambitions, hopes and dreams, etc.

So if I’m constantly writing about someone or about what they say, it’s simple – I reach out to them or vice versa. If anyone wants to connect with me and say their piece, then drop me a note ☺

Trina

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Event Review (SINGAPORE): Radikal Forze Jam 15th Anniversary, 21-24 March 2013

Radikal Forze Jam 2013

I met this bboy from Singapore, Felix Huang, who lived in Sydney for a while then bounced back to Singas (as Aussies would call it) to reunite with his crew and open his own dance studio.

They now run the biggest street dance jam in south-east Asia with a jam-packed, 3 full days of battles, after parties and after-after parties. This year was the first that I could make it out there, and I am so glad that I did.

After passport dramas at the airport (my passport was valid for 5 months and 3 weeks, and you need 6 months to fly anywhere), Scoot Air kindly moved my flight to the next day free of charge and I paid about $350 to expedite a new passport by the next morning.

I arrived at the end of Day 1, with the Dance@live jam and the next day, stayed around for half of Day 2 jam. I’ve been to plenty of bboy jams to know that I can avoid the hotbox of 500+ sweaty ballsacks and watch the battles on Youtube from the perfect vantage point later. The floor was slippery from all the sweat and there was no way I was going to stick around (pun intended).

Graffiti at Singapore Radikal Forze 15th Anniversary Jam

The place was decked out in the dopest graffiti art I’ve seen in a long time.

Graffiti at the Radikal Forze 15th Anniversary Jam Venue in Singapore

Congrats to 99Flavas from Thailand for winning the 4v4, up against Joyeux Loufock from France:

Finals: 99Flavas vs Joyeux Loufock

Special mention to the 2 Aussie-hybrid crews that both made it in the semi-finals, Raw Collision and Mighty Zou Gangz

Semi Finals: 99Flavas vs Mighty Zou Gangz

Semi Finals: Raw Collision vs Joyeux Loufock

I’ll skip past the amazing shopping and discounts with an AUD$1 = SNG$1.30 exchange rate and fast forward to the after party. The club was cool, the DJ played good stuff but had no fucking idea how to mix the music. We all hung outside and talked shit with a very drunk Ken Swift who complimented my appearance and talked of his soul brother that he loves very much.

It was amazing to bump into people from my past from all over the world in that place and made me grateful to be in this scene where I’m surrounded by amazing talent and big personalities.

Day 3 is the sole reason that I would come back every year – an all day beach jam at Sentosa Island. Sponsored by Remy Martin with a $25,000 bar tab, we were loving life.

Sentosa Island Jam

Special shoutout to my good friend Bboy Rush who made the semi finals with Raw Collision in the 4v4 and won the finals in the 2v2 at the beach jam Raw 2 the Floor, with Bboy Cheno from 99Flavas, Thailand:

Finals: Raw 2 the Floor, Radikal Forze Jam 2013

So we partied and went fucking crazy, here’s a video that sums up that weekend:

Jam at Sentosa Island

Then after this party we headed to the airport and I thought I’d bring home a lil’ something blue:

Jonnie Walker Blue from the event

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Our House & Soul of Sydney Present: SPIRIT OF HOUSE SECRET BLOCK PARTY – SUN MAY 5

Our House Spirit of House Blockparty to be held on Sunday, May 15, 2013

SOUL OF SYDNEY & OUR HOUSE PRESENT:
SPIRIT OF HOUSE SECRET BLOCK PARTY | SUNDAY MAY 5
AN AFTERNOON TRIBUTE TO 30+ YEARS OF HOUSE MUSIC & ITS DISCO-FUNK ROOTS !

Spirit of House Block Party

DATE:  SUNDAY | MAY 5 | 12PM
TICKETS: Early Bird (Sold Out) | 2nd Release $5 (on Sale Now)
VERY LIMITED $5 TIX ON SALE HERE AT RESIDENT ADVISOR
MUSIC: , STRICTLY SEMINAL NEW YORK DISCO, CHICAGO HOUSE, GARAGE, DEEP & SOULFUL HOUSE MOMENTS & BEYOND

DJ’S: Soul of Sydney DJ’ & Friends;
Phil Toke,
James Scott (Co-Op, Better Days Warehouse Parties)
Cam Brown
Frenzie (Groove Therapy Radio on 2ser)
Danny De Sousa (Birthday Set)
Eadie Ramia
Michael Zac

Venue: Secret Innercity DISCO Oasis (email soulofsydney@gmail.com for location details)
Option #1 – Indoor / Outdoor Surry Hills Restaurant / Bar spot (Licensed Space – 5 min from Central – Strictly 150 people)
Option #2 – Indoor / Outdoor Cafe & Bar spot near Alexandria (Licensed Space – 5 min from Green Square Station – Strictly 150 people)
PLEASE NOTE: – VENUE DETAILS WE WILL BE EMAILING TO TICKET HOLDERS THE DAY BEFORE.

THIS IS A LIMITED CAPACITY EVENT STRICTLY FOR OUR SOUL FAMILY AND EXTENDED FRIENDS (150 PEOPLE)& IF YOUR KEEN TO COME AND GET DOWN WITH US PLEASE DONT SLEEP ON TIX AS OUR EVENTS ALWAYS POPULAR & WE DONT DO DOOR-SALE OR LAST MIN GUEST LISTS IF SOLD OUT AGAIN.

OUR LAST THREE EVENTS HAVE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT & WE HAD TO TURN BACK 100+ PEOPLE AT THE DOOR.
VENUE INFO STRICTLY VIA EMAIL RSVP. If your keen to come party in RSVP soulofsydney@gmail.com for info.
THIS IS PUT ON STRICTLY FOR THE LOVE OF GOOD MUSIC, FEEL FREE TO SPREAD THE WORD TO ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT DIG THE IDEA.
INFO/RSVP: (email soulofsydney@gmail.com for details) OR CALL/SMS 0405494138 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

FACEBOOK EVENT: Join Facebook the eventHERE for updates of location, mixtapes & info
ABOUT SPIRIT OF HOUSE: Spirit Of House is a secret afternoon party collaboration between Soul of Sydney & Our House put on every couple of months to pay homage to the 30+ years of House music & its Disco-Funk roots in unique & interesting locations.We make a special point pay tribute to the iconic DJ’s, Producers and clubs who have helped create and shape House music over the last three decades. Figures & Clubs such as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Ron Hardy, Glenn Underground, John Morales, Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent, Joey Negro, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, Kenny Dixon Jr, Theo Parrish, Norman Jay, Lil Louis Masters At Work The Warehouse, Zanzibar, The Musik Box and The Paradise Garage.These events are put on strictly for the LOVE of music & people.. as a reminder what that real house sound is all about.If you are keen to come along and get down or DJ or need to get in contact feel free to email us at soulofsydney@gmail.com

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Fuck It, Just Do It – Why I’m Back to Blogging

I have an on and off love affair with blogging. It started in 2006 when I wanted to start documenting my fascination with dancing and love of hip hop and then I’d share way too much about what was going on in my personal blog. These blogs were super successful and eventually led to a string of corporate jobs, including the one I’ve been in for the past 6 years.

Then priorities shifted to running my dance studio, focusing on my job and my relationship at the time. I wanted to write and kept procrastinating, until last night, I thought, “fuck it, just do it.” I say that a lot and as proof, have been captured on camera during one of my more classier moments (thanks to uloveluke.com).

Australian Hiphop blogger Katrina says fuck it

Shit seemed too overwhelming, thanks to my habits in my day job, I was over-thinking things; concerned about the decline in hip hop related search trends, in finding the optimal keywords to use, the layout and design of the blog, and all that other BS that digital marketers think about.

Then I decided to just open a blank document and start writing. Say all the shit that comes to mind and not look back.

I think of all the people who tell me how my blog introduced them to the local hip hop scene in Sydney, some of who have become so infatuated with the culture that they’ve changed their lives, and contributed to society by creating opportunities for others who are passionate about the same things. Crazy to think I’ve had that effect with my words. Stupid to have been inconsistent with it.

I’m sure that Facebook is a massive part of why I hadn’t felt the need to chronicle my thoughts in a blog for a while now – what a mistake that has been. Now I want to blog about everything: about my food fixations, my thoughts on digital and social media marketing, and a motivational blog about being healthy, wealthy and wise but in a real and not so fluffy-douchey way (as I would describe some of those self-development blogs I’ve seen). As of writing this, none of those blogs are up and running yet but I’ll pre-emptively link them up anyway.

I don’t know who’ll read this; I can’t really imagine people being interested in my shit talking. I’m just doing this for my creative soul and the need to share my ongoing journey in my thirst for Hip Hop knowledge.

So if you are reading this, then thanks for joining me on this adventure and drop me a note sometime to let me know I’m not alone

Trina

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Hip Hop Dance Event (AUS): Rock the Block street dance jam, 21 April 2013

My good friend Brooke has finally opened her new street dance studio in Wollongong after years of hard work. She is a massive inspiration to me and I want to support her as much as I can.

Brooke of Street Beatz Hip Hop in Wollongong.

 To celebrate, she’s holding a block party complete with dance battles with music by Sydney’s finest Hip Hop, funk, soul, house and overall good music DJs, Naiki and Phil Toke.

Rock The Block is the first Hip Hop Dance Event in Wollongong, Australia

Street Beatz Dance Studio in Wollongong, NSW presents

ROCK THE BLOCK – Outdoor dance battles and block party
* Outdoors Car Park Entry, Open battles and live graffiti in the studio!

Registration will be 11.45 – 12.30pm SHARP! $10
2 on 2 – Kids Battle (15 and Under) – JUDGE: Poppin Jack and TBA
1 on 1 – Hip Hop Open – JUDGE: TBA
1 on 1 – Bboy Open – JUDGE: Bboy Don
1 on 1 – Popping – JUDGE: Poppin Jack
DJ’s: DJ Naiki and Phil Taouk
COME GET DOWN!
https://www.facebook.com/events/155688814593793/

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