JARED LETO APPOINTS FORMER AMAZON VP AS CEO OF HIS COMPANY ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND 149

While most people know Jared Leto for his band Thirty Seconds to Mars and his acting career, most notably his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club, he’s also a savvy businessman and entrepreneur.

His company Adventures In Wonderland which was created in 2010 offers music fans up close and personal, VIP experiences with their favourite bands and artists including Demi Lovato, Blink-182 and, of course, Thirty Seconds To Mars. As the company continues to grow, Leto has now appointed former Amazon company Audible senior vice-president Jason Ojalvo as its CEO. Key to his role will be looking at ways in which AIW can expand its reach and connection to fans even further.

Speaking after his appointment, Ojalvo said:

“My years at Amazon taught me to be completely customer-centric and I’m excited to help Adventures in Wonderland continue to offer audiences the magical experiences they are used to and doing it in an even more creative and scalable way than ever before.”

Leto also released a statement which read:

“The hiring of Jason as CEO takes us into a new and exciting era,” Leto added. “We are an artist-founded company that has always done anything and everything possible to serve artists and audiences better. With Jason at the helm, we will deliver even better services for artists and continue creating unforgettable experiences for all.”

Ojalvo’s appointment comes at the same time as that of Joshua Russak who is to be head of business development.

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REVIEW: EMILY FAYE – ‘HERE I AM’ EP 37

Championed by Rolling Stone last year and named one of their ‘Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know’, Emily Faye’s passion for music stretches far beyond the short time she’s been in the spotlight as a star in her own right. Having gone from writing songs in her bedroom and studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, she’s now released her debut EP called Here I Am.

Opening with “Open Road”, the collection gets off to a great and upbeat start, thanks to Faye’s soft, almost innocent vocal perfectly being perfectly paired with a toe-tapping country rhythm. “Giving In” is much slower, but maintains the EP’s focus on Faye’s vocal talents as she delivers the tracks’ strong, emotive lyrics that hold a a hint of defiance and rebellion in them.

“Game Over” is the kind of track that deserves to be played when listeners are taking a summer’s day drive with their friends. There’s an unmistakable ‘freedom and exploration’ vibe to the song – a perfect accompaniment to the upcoming summer break – that is sure to have the piece put on repeat.

Written about being comfortable with someone; a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or friend, who loves you for you, no matter what, there’s a reflective, deeply emotive and connective feel to closing number “Me For Me”, and as someone who has always struggled with self-confidence, the song reminded me that I have people in my life who wouldn’t and don’t want me to change who or how I am.

The EP as a whole has a very almost old-school, traditional feel to it, making it stand out from the many other releases of recent weeks and months that have focused more on the modern music styles which dominate the charts and the industry in general. The collection is a fantastic introduction to one of the hottest names in country music right now and will certainly have fans eager to see where Emily Faye goes and what she creates with her talent next.

THE SUMMER SEASON KICKS INTO GEAR WITH THE IBIZA BURLESQUE FESTIVAL 60

As summer approaches and the festival season slowly gets into full-swing, one of the hottest upcoming events is the second annual Ibiza Burlesque festival, which takes place Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May.

Founded by singer-songwriter Sapphira, who has found the music of the white isle a lifeline during her struggles with bipolar, this years’ event, organised by the globally established company Sapphira’s Showgirls which champions self-expression and fundraises in support of mental health, includes a tribute of her debut single Money$hot as well as a special guest appearance by Billboard Top 20 and Grammy Award winning artist, Kim Cameron with DJ Halo.

Other highlights of the festival include performances from several world class artists, hailing from seven different countries, with Innocence Bliss and Jamilia Wardknott, both from the UK, and Italy’s Scarlet Lovelace among those confirmed to entertain those in attendance. There’s also a swimwear parade, a couple of pool parties and, if you fancy learning a little bit of burlesque yourself, you can take a beginner class in Sex A Peel with Sheila Starr Siani or Fantastic Fans with Sapphira.

The festival works in partnership with premium venues on the island, with the premier event – the Bass & Tease gala – taking place at the distinguished Heart Ibiza, a state-of-the-art restaurant come nightclub. From the first day to the last, the festival is set to delight and excite all those who attend.

For a full programme of events and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.