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InStyle Magazine DJ Playlist

What a week! One minute I’m running around with the Brownlee Brothers, trying my very hardest to keep up with them, the next minute I’m DJing from the most Instagrammable venue in London, Lights Of Soho, playing tunes for Instyle Magazine's Project 13 Awards after party. Now that I've had a moment to catch my breath, let's have a chat.

Instyle UK Magazine Party DJ

Celebrating online writers and bloggers, Instyle Magazine's Project 13 is in it's second year, enabling thousands of people to vote for their favourite blogger in a range of categories (from travel to food, craft to fitness) to win an award. Much to my surprise and delight, I won the award for Best Fitness & Wellbeing Blog. Thank you so much for voting!

Instyle Award

There was even more to celebrate as not only did I win an award but I was also DJ'ing at their after party and got the party into full swing playing a mix of RnB and pop tracks but the following seemed to be particularly popular on the night:

  • Lee Walker feat. Katy B - Freak Like Me
  •  KDA feat. Katy B + Tiny Tempah - turn the Music Louder
  •  George Kwali & Kideko feat. Nadia Rose - Crank It
  •  Eats Everything vs Audion - Dancing
  •  Stardust - Music Sounds Better
  •  Robin S - Show me Love never 
Music DJ London

It was a super fun night, celebrated behind the decks, with friends and a cocktail or few. You can read me gushing over how chuffed I am about being an award winning blogger and see the full list of Project 13 winners by clicking here. Plus, if you want details of my striped suit click here for outfit details.

AJ Odudu DJ

As always feel free to get in touch via Twitter and Instagram and let me know what tunes you like listening to?

XOXO

MOBO AWARDS 2016

The MOBO Awards returned to Glasgow for the forth time and I was honoured to present the award for Best Newcomer 2016 along with British athlete, Dina Asher-Smith and actor, Arnold Oceng, to WSTRN.

ITV2 MOBO Awards 2016

Clean Bandit, Chase & Status and Craig David were among the performers at the SSE Hydro and the award show was televised live on ITV2.  

Backstage I got glammed up, chuckled with comedy legend, Lenny Henry, caught up with MOBO Award hosts, Rickie and Melvin, posed with Maya Jama and even learnt some dance moves from Strictly Come Dancing's finalist, Ore Oduba. 

MOBO Awards Hair & Makeup
                                            Rickie Haywood Williams, Melvin Odoom and I

                                          Rickie Haywood Williams, Melvin Odoom and I

                                                              Posing with Maya Jama

                                                            Posing with Maya Jama

                                                      Keeeeep Dancing Ore Oduba

                                                    Keeeeep Dancing Ore Oduba

Needless to say it was a really fun night so check out the full list of winners here.

XOXO

AJ Odudu MOBO Awards 2016

My Interview with Ella Henderson

Throw back to when I headed to The Hospital Club in London to interview former Xfactor starlet, two time Brit award nominated, superstar in the making, Ella Henderson for ITV2 entertainment show, The Hot Desk.

The chart topping pop princess revealed all about her very own Mirror Man, debuted her acting skills and even reminisced about the time Whoopi Goldberg gave Ella her shoes (I know. Amazing right?!)

She gushed about her pride at being nominated for not one but two Brit Awards this year and shared her excitement about joining Take That on their UK tour later this year. The girl's on fire!


The full interview has already been broadcast on ITV2 but below you can watch the interview too.  

Are you a fan of Elle Henderson? Looking forward to this years XFactor? Let me know! I'm so nosey :)

Lots of love

AJ

XOXO


Ella Eyre Performs In First Movement Activated Gig | London

Ever wondered what would happen if you combined the board game, Operation with a pop disco, Lazar Quest and an aerobic workout? Well wonder no more because last night I got to experience this highly unique happening.

I went to The Century Club in London to attend the World's first movement activated performance by UK chart topper, Ella Eyre. Before hand I was handed a Fitbit activity band to track my movement throughout the evening. I was then informed that the more I moved the more energetic Ella Eyre's performance would be. This excited me.

I suddenly imagined Ella Eyre to be wearing crocodile clips with electric wires attached, that would have her body popping to the sound of our rapturous applause in no time (Welcome to my mind). It would be like some sort of weird high school experiment which I couldn't wait to see. 

Needless to say, there was great anticipation before the performance. The other guests all looking down at their activity bands wondering what on earth would happen now that we're in the driving seat and as we nibbled on canapés there was an energetic buzz.

Finally, Ella Eyre graced the stage (not wearing crocodile clips unfortunately) and her performance was incredible. It was the most intimate venue I'd ever seen her perform in. Positioned directly in front of her I almost felt as though she was serenading me as she belted out Gravity, Waiting All Night and her new single, Good Times. Even during her more heart felt number, Always Come Back her performance was powerful. What a treat!

As the audience danced and clapped along the activity wrist bands we were wearing lit up the room with flashing lights creating a disco-like atmosphere and before we knew it, there were lazar lights beaming across the room. 

Even though I was working up a sweat, I felt confident and cool in Sure MotionSense deodorant which kept me fresh and protected with every move I made and using the Fitbit technology as I danced the night away, I got home to see that I had burned a whopping 715 calories and taken nearly 1000 steps. Not bad for a 3 hour outing on a Wednesday night. Happy days!

XOXO


DJing In Century Club London

Here's a little throwback to when I took my weekly radio chart show live to the Century Club in London for LCM's SS16. I played  the finest pop tunes for Mens Fashion Week London and was joined on the show by a host of special guests including Jai'me from BoyMeetsFashion.com at the exclusive Century Club on Shaftsbury Avenue. 

Presenting Live for Hoxton Radio AJ Odudu

The private members lounge was transformed into a boudoir of decadence where I also chatted with founders of Drakes of London, Dermologica and ManiBreak.  

London Century Club DJ AJ Odudu
LCM DJ Set AJ Odudu

Guests were treated to hair, nails and beard trims, canapés and drinks, exclusive footage of L:CM runway and of course, live music and the sound of my dulcet tones.

It was almost too much fun.

Century Club DJ AJ Odudu
Century Club, London DJ AJ Odudu
Century Club, London DJ AJ Odudu
LC:M London DJ AJ Odudu

Drake, A$AP Rocky & Major Lazor at Wireless Festival

Duke Dumont, Labrinth and Ms Dynamite where just some of the acts I saw at yesterday's sold out Wireless Festival at London. I had an incredible time. The sun was shining, everyone was merry and ready to party.

Onstage with Major Lazor

Being on stage whilst Major Lazor performed was pretty special. Seeing them do their pre-show huddle and rock the crowd was spectacular.

Major Lazor
Onstage with Major Lazer

For A$AP Rocky and Drake I wanted to be in the crowd so that I could rap along to all of their words with everyone else.

ASAP Rocky Wireless Festival
A$AP Rocky, Drake Wireless Festival

A$AP Rocky was of course, brilliant but Drake,  literally wooed the sold out audience, telling 40,000 people that they were the best crowd he'd ever seen in his life! Wow. What a statement. I couldn't help but blush. There's something about the way Drake communicates that always makes it feel like he's talking directly to you.  Skills. 

His set included London born grime artist, Skepta, ended with fireworks and had me bowled over.

Drake Wireless Festival London

Check out my Snapchat AJ.Odudu for some exclusive behind the scenes videos and see what I wore to the festival right here.

Major Lazor Wireless Festival
Wireless Festival

Who would you like to see at Wireless Festival? Let me know.

Lots of festival love,

AJ

xoxo

Isle of Wight 2015

I ain't no Beyonce but I certainly did two costume changes at Isle of Wight. Filming for Malibu Rum and wrapping in time to enjoy The Black Keys, The Prodigy and Groove Armada.

I absolutely love my Public Desire sandals. Perfect stylish footwear for bouncing around to Groove Armada (or being thrown about depending on how boisterous your festival crowd is). The lovely guys at Public Desire have offered any of you lovely readers 10% off every pair of shoes from their collection. Just use the code AJ10 at their checkout. 

Check out the pics below for what I've been wearing and see bottom of the post for outfit details. xxx

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Outfit 1

(Don't forget 10% off every pair of shoes at Public Desire. Just use the code AJ10 at their checkout).

 

OUTFIT 2

  • Playsuit by: Motel Rocks
  • Boots by: Dr Martens
  • Coat by: Joules
  • Feather headband: Boho Moon

Flash Back Friday: Isle of Wight Festival

Isle of Wight festival kicks off today and I will be presenting a cheeky little video for Malibu Rum. So let's rewind to when I was TV presenting at the Isle of Wight festival. It was three days of fun, interviewing the likes of Katy B, Kelly Jones from Stereophonics and my all time favourite, Kelis - I heart Kelis! All of my interviews were being broadcast live on Sky Arts and Sky 1, which was incredible and so much fun!

I was so excited to be presenting alongside Joe Whiley & Zoë Ball in addition to Tom Ravenscroft, Shaun Keaveny and Mathew Horne. I grew up watching Zoë Ball on Live & Kicking so that was a particular highlight, especially as she's so bloomin' nice. We shared a dressing room together, she drove me around on a golf buggy and she even brought me cake. What a woman! Here's a few snaps from one of the most fun weekends ever.

Aj Odudu and Kelis Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu and Zoe Ball Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu and Kelly Jones Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu and Zoe Ball Isle of Wight Festival
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Aj Odudu Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu Isle of Wight Festival
Aj Odudu Isle of Wight Festival

DJ'ing For Ibiza Rocks

Did you know that Ibiza Rocks celebrated their 10th birthday last week? Well if you don’t know, now you know.

Ibiza Rocks is a hotel and live music venue in Spain that has hosted the likes of Jake Bugg, Tinnie Tempah, Example and Ed Sheran and without sounding too corny, is also a place that has filled me with unforgettable memories. Last year I watched Fatboy Slim and Ella Eyre perform live and I even caught up with Clean Bandit before seeing them on stage their too. Naturally, I was delighted to be part of Ibiza Rocks’ ten year anniversary.

 Clean Bandit & I

Clean Bandit & I

To celebrate, Ibiza Rocks had an exclusive pop up in Shoreditch, London and I was DJ’ing 90s anthems with my girl, Charlotte De Carle. Our tune-packed slot was broadcasted live on Hoxton Radio, where we controlled the airwaves for three hours to kick start the May bank holiday weekend.

90s music may not scream Ibiza Rocks initially, especially when Sigma, Rudimental and Gorgan City are all on their line up this year, but 90s music is nostalgic. Simple. I’ll never forget Creep by TLC being the song that I sipped cheap Sangria to before heading out with my girl friends in San Antonio and Scream by Michael and Janet Jackson was definitely sang in our taxi ride home one night after a full day and night at Formentera beach. 90s music has created the positive vibes for my pre and post-party antics in Ibiza so...90s it was.

Charlotte fed me, danced all over me and made me chuckle throughout the radio show. We were visited by our Hoxton Radio family, who showed some serious crew love and trendy East Londoners popped in throughout the show too. I’m still proud that I was apart of such a great event so Happy Birthday Ibiza Rocks! Here’s to many more musical memories.

You can catch me on my regular Hoxton Radio slot presenting the Chart Show, 2-4pm on Monday’s. 

How I Want To Live My Life Every Day: With Paloma Faith

On today’s to do list: Dine at The Savoy; enjoy an exclusive performance by Paloma Faith and watch a fashion show. That’s not my regular itinerary on a Tuesday afternoon in London but when I was invited to F&F Autumn/Winter catwalk show, I totally embraced this impromptu checklist.

Dressed in a grey maxi dress and flat shoes I casually walked to meet my friend Mollie Bylett at Embankment station. For all you punctual time keepers out there, I was on time. Mollie on the other hand, was late to meet me but she was quickly forgiven. The sun was shining and she was smiling. How could I be mad? Plus, she looked beyond hot to trot to The Savoy Hotel in her playsuit and flat shoes. So off we went.

On route we passed some paparazzi (I kid you not) who started to take photo’s of me whilst crossing the road, with the beautiful backdrop of London traffic and scaffolding. Mollie seized this perfect opportunity to change from her flats shoes to heels and so, by the time the pap had dispersed and we were now outside The Savoy, Mollie had grown taller by a good four inches. Impressive.

Now, walking into The Savoy is like walking into an art gallery. Grand entrance, marble floors, and everyone feeling the need to talk quietly. I really struggle with whispering so to combat this I proceeded to not talk at all for the two minute walk from the main entrance to the Savoy Ballroom, where the fashion show was being held. Needless to say that for a chatterbox like me, my silence made it a long two minutes.

At this point I’d like to inform you that I had successfully avoided chocolate and the odd glass of alcohol for all of three days (pat on the back to me) but my healthy eating regime immediately went out of the window when I was kindly presented with a glass of champagne upon entrance and seated at a table which had dark chocolate macaroons perfectly within my reach. Damn it! I’d failed to resist temptation. For the record, the apricot macaroons, blueberry tarts, smoked salmon, lamb kebabs, red pepper hummus and halloumi and smoked pepper sandwiches tasted exceptional too. Eating over, the lights were dimmed and everyone in the room hushed down. Even me.

Forever the charismatic performer, Paloma Faith burst on to stage clapping and singing her current single, Can't Rely On You and with her beacon of orange hair and bright outfit, Paloma looked and sounded incredible. Intimate gigs are always really special as I often feel like I'm being serenaded, even though I'm not. Paloma went on to sing Only Love Can Hurt Like This, a song which I watched her perform at the Brit Awards earlier this year, immediately after she'd won one. She was perfect and made me fall in love with her a little bit more. Round of applause.

Then, it was time for the F&F fashion show and all necks stretched to see what F&F had in store for our Autumn/Winter wardrobes. Well, I can tell you that for the ladies, there’s going to be lots of cute 1970’s signature styles with tailored culottes, knitted role necks and my favourite piece, the suede trench. Then out came the men, sporting tailored suits and the sort of wool knits that you’d definitely steal from your boyfriend’s wardrobe.

Speaking of friends who are boys, I saw my friend Franky modelling the collection. I don’t know why I was so surprised. After all, he does model for a living but I didn’t know that he was going to be flaunting the new F&F menswear range so of course, being the really subtle person that I am, I yelped, “oh my gosh. that’s my mate” and like a proud parent, proceeded to take very blurry images of him. Awww.

All in all I had a cracking time. Great music, retro F&F clothing and all whilst catching up with my mate Mollie. Every day should be like Tuesday.

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