WOWee ONE Toy Soldiers – Exclusive interview with Nick Franco

If you are a WOWee ONE fan, you have probably checked out the latest video we released on our online channels called “WOWee ONE Toy Soliders” (If not, it’s not too late)

We got an exclusive interview for you to tell you about the person behind this video, his name is Nick Franco and here is what he kindly replied to our questions:

Nick Franco answers re: WOWee ONE Toy Soldiers…

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

“I am a filmmaker and producer who founded 1185films in 2003.”

When did you first hear about WOWee ONE speakers?

“A friend of mine came over and he was really excited about his new speaker and he kept putting it on every surface to see how different it would sound.”

How did you first come across a WOWee ONE speaker in action?

“When I got hold of one I started playing with it and started experimenting with it in many different ways to see how I could get different sounds out of it and what would give the best bass noise. I tried it on glass, tins, pots, bin lids… it was great fun.”

How did you come up with the Toy Soldier idea?

“It was by accident actually. While my friend and I were playing with the speaker we put it on a piece of glass, we put a coin next to it and the coin vibrated and moved and we kind of developed it from there. We thought “what else can we get to move?”, and we came across a toy soldier and we thought “this could be really good fun”.

What was your first reaction?

“We just thought it was fun you know. The soldiers were dancing to the music and we kind of thought that men with guns being forced to dance was quite funny.”

What is your favourite surface to play it on?

“Putting a tin pan over your head, putting a WOWee speaker on top of the pan and then you get surround-sound stereo in the pan. I’ve got a photo of that.”

What is the most impressive song you played on it?

“Aphex Twin Come to Daddy.”

If you could go anywhere in the world to experience the sound the WOWee ONE would make on a famous surface/monument etc. where would you go?

“I’d go to the airplane graveyard in Texas and play it on the different surfaces there.”

If you could introduce anybody to the WOWee ONE speaker, who would this person be? and Why?

“My mate Dave because he needs a bit of bounce in his life.”


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Peace through music with WOWee ONE & Playing For Change

If you have been on lately you may have noticed a newbie in the shop…if not, go to the shop straight away and check out the new limited edition Playing For Change WOWee ONE Classic speaker.

Now you may think, another branded WOWee ONE, where’s the novelty ? Well, this speaker has been created to help a social cause we, at WOWee ONE, absolutely adore and deeply want to support.

Who is Playing For Change ?

It all started ten years ago, Playing For Change assembled a small crew equipped with a mobile recording studio, a few borrowed cameras, a modest budget, and a dream: connect the world through music. They have been travelling the world ever since. They began documenting the music and stories of musicians on the streets and in the subways. Their discovery has since continued into villages, mountaintops, and everywhere music is being played. They published those amazing videos on YouTube first, and they never imagined that the music they discovered and the mission they shared would be so passionately supported by millions of active fans who want to unite as a human race through music. They then created the Playing For Change Foundation, name of the charity to which proceeds of the PFC branded WOWee ONE sales will go. The Playing For Change Foundation builds schools in countries in development and implement music education classes in Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, Ghana and many more.

PFC gathers creative ways to raise funds and entertain people, keeping in mind their noble values of sharing, connecting, solidarity and love for music. One of their most effective and amazing initiatives is the Playing For Change band: musicians coming from all over the world touring in the US and Canada.

The WOWee ONE speaker is their latest initiative: We’re thrilled to partner with WOWee ONE,” added Mark Johnson. “It’s incredible how these tiny speakers turn surfaces into sound. Our fans will love how they can now share their music with friends.”

Both companies are going to do all their best to make it a success, raise awareness, funds and of course carry on entertaining you guys with quality music and quality sound.

For more info please go to WOWeeONE/PlayingForChange.

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Valentine’s Day WOWee ONE Playlist

For Valentine’s Day, we have asked our Facebook fans and Twitter followers to send us their favourite love song, and we will offer 20 of them free splitters.

“Splitters” for Valentine’s Day, what an odd idea you may think? Well WOWee ONE Splitters actually allow you to plug two WOWee ONE speakers together and enjoy even more bass and a real stereo sound thanks to the splitter dividing the sound in two channels: left & right.

A lot of great songs have been sent, so without further ado, here is the playlist the lovely online WOWee ONE community have put together:

Coldplay – Shiver

White Lies – To Lose My Life

Dirty Dancing Soundtrack – Time of my life

Scorpions – Still Loving You

Katy Perry – The One That Got Away

James Blunt – You’re Beautiful

Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up

Adele – Make You Feel My Love

Gyptian – Hold You

Lionel Richie – Hello

Bruno Mars – The Way You Are

Lil Wayne – A Milli

Fish – Cliché

Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing

Barry White – My Everything

Jon Brion – He Needs Me

Bruce Springteen – Fire

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MTV Branded WOWee ONE

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MTV Brand New 2012 Acts

If you follow WOWee ONE, you probably know about the close partnership between WOWee ONE and MTV. Recently WOWee ONE and MTV have joined forces to make the MTV Brand NEW 2012 (Search for the best in new music) an incredible experience. The MTV Brand New 2012 will end by two amazing events in London, where 6 very talented artists will perform live on the 24th and 25th of January in London.

In case you haven’t had the chance to take some time to check who the acts are and vote for your favourite, we have gathered a link to a video of each artist who will be present at the events.

Charli XCX – “Dark, Emotive Pop”

Lana Del Rey – #GangstaNancySinatra

Angel– “UK Pop & RnB”

Clement Marfo and the Frontline – “Hip pop + grime + rock +pop”

Conor Maynard – “19 year old singing sensation”

Context – “Dubstep & Hip-hop”

Delilah – “Contemporary music scene”

King Charles – “Glam Folk”

Lianne La Havas – “Electric guitar based finger picking rythms”

Michael Kiwanuka – “British Soul Artist”

We look forward to the gigs and invite you to enter the competition to win VIP tickets, hotel stay in London, £200 pocket money and the branded MTV Brand New 2012 WOWee ONE speaker.

Click on the image to enter the competition..

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