James Piecowye thinking out loud

Ideas, inspiration and a bit of random.

Amazing how you lose track of time

Posted on | May 7, 2017 | No Comments

It seems I am so caught up with my work at Zayed University, Nightline and CreativeMornings that I seem to have put down my pen when it comes to posting here.

The final touches have just been put on the playlist for this weeks Indie Music Jukebox, all music from the Middle East.

So, here is a the link to what we played last week, it was a great playlist.

Click here for the Jukebox.

Tarek yamani-Hala Land – Peninsular 5:06

Al Rass – Ashtaq 3:40

WYWY_Epileptic Dreams 4:28

Yasmine Hamdan_Douss 3:56

Yasmine Hamdan – La Ba’den 3:24

Toot Ard – Laissez Passer 3:54


Taking it as it is

Posted on | March 31, 2017 | No Comments

There is something about a beach.

Troubles, worry, stress all seem to fall away.

And why not?

The question is why do we worry about those things we can’t change in the 1st place?

Just saying.

Maybe the beach is a place for emotional rescue?

The art of bbq

Posted on | March 26, 2017 | No Comments

We spend a lot of time trying to be good at many things and we end up being masters of nothing.

BBQ is a very special skill, many do it few well.

So, when I see a person doing something they are really good at and they are doing just that thing it makes me stop and take notice.

These guys do really good BBQ chicken wings. OK they do other things also but the wing guy only does wings and the noodle guy only noodles.

So the lesson is do what you do blistering well and celebrate it then outsource the rest to the best people.

A little Indie Music

Posted on | March 25, 2017 | No Comments

How often do you get to sit down with a great cup of coffee, some really good friends and talk about music that is great and not being heard by enough people?

For me this happens on a weekly basis.

I rock up at RAW Coffee, they turn down the house music and we talk about indie music from across the Middle East.

This week Adam joined me and Big Hass the guy who brought Hip Hop to Saudi radio.

This week it is all about Step Music.

You have to look at who is performing.

For the last 4 years I have been playing these bands and now they are going to be in Dubai, OMG, AMAZING.

What I love about sitting down with Adam and Hass is these guys are so informed about the indie music scene in the Middle East.

Big Hass and Adam
Wondering what we got up to?
The podcast links are below and the set list for the show, worth a listen, relisten and a share.

Click for the podcast.

The Playlist.

Tayf (Ghost)_Mashrou Leila 4:25
 Mish Aktar_Muqataa 3:38 
Winter’s Come_Saffron Collins 4:17 
SchoolYard_Narcy 4:01 
Ana Bukra Muattel_Autostrad 4:14 
Tigers On Tujunga_BeiRu 2:20

A great conversation with Kali McDermmot about music and more

Posted on | February 17, 2017 | No Comments

I am a very lucky person because not only do I have the opportunity to teach about the theory and practice of media at a university  but I also get to put my lectures to the test as a radio talkshow host on DubaiEye.

Well, this week I had the opportunity to sit down with a truly inspiring 17 year old, Kali McDermmot, to talk about her music and what inspires her.

WOW is all I have to say.

Kali is so grounded as an up and coming musical artist.

Have a listen to the interview with Kali and the rest of my show on up and coming musical talent right here in Dubai.

Click here for the podcast.

Polio gone by 2020, we hope

Posted on | February 11, 2017 | No Comments

Polio, this is something that I have not been thinking about at all but there is good reason to be thinking about it.

The good news is we are very close to being able to say polio is a thing of the past.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Mayer of the World Health Organization for a chat about polio and I was amazed by the progress that has been made.

Who is Chris Mayer?


Chris Maher is a Manager of the World Health Organisation (WHO) polio eradication efforts in the Eastern Mediterranean. Chris has worked in the public health sector for the past three decades and specifically in polio eradication for 21 years. He joined WHO in 1993 working on immunization. He spent the first eight years working in the Western Pacific Region, based in Manila, and his position had him covering over 30 countries. Chris has been involved in polio eradication at every level from organizing local vaccination campaigns, investigating cases of paralysis, through to running the technical elements of the global programme. Since 2000, he has led operations for polio eradication across Asia, Africa and Europe. And Chris is joining us in Studio, welcome to Nightline.

What is also very interesting is the role the UAE is playing in eradicating polio.


The UAE has provided essential support to immunization efforts in Pakistan over the last decade as part of a continuing collaboration with partners of the polio eradication initiative. In 2011, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announced they were working together to provide life-saving vaccinations to children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These efforts continue as the UAE has launched a massive campaign in March 2016 to vaccinate 10.6 million children against polio in Pakistan, as part of the Project to Assist Pakistan, UAE PAP.

Listen to the podcast of the conversation.




Think Like Elon

Posted on | February 3, 2017 | No Comments

How do you deal with innovation?

How do you deal with issues?

Does your thought process work or is it a constant dance with failure?

This is an interesting watch.


Inspiration through conversation.

Posted on | February 2, 2017 | No Comments

I had the opportunity to talk to Noush Like Sploosh several weeks back and her words are still echoing in my mind.

I speak to many artists through what I do on DubaiEye and they are all very interesting but Noush had something more going on.

What I came away from our conversation was a new level of inspiration from the ordinary and the common things that are around us that we tend to ignore.

Have a listen to the podcast I am sure you will also be inspired.



Lets start 2017 and stick to stuff

Posted on | January 4, 2017 | No Comments

So, how good are you at actually sticking to what you promise yourself you will do?

And how well do you stick to resolutions?

In all honesty we are all pretty bad at following through with things in our personal lives, look at the gym membership business this time of the year to get some verification of what I am talking about.

And then there is the thinking that health and fitness goals are different and maybe even magical compared to the goals we have in the other 99% of our lives.

The bold truth is that goals are goals are goal.

If you can keep a fitness goal you can keep any goal.

And what is the problem with goals, making meaningful and realizable goals.

So, I sat down with Marcus Smith and we had a chat about fitness goals but also the larger issue of setting and succeeding with your goals.

This may be the most important podcast I share this year and I encourage you to listen with a pencil and paper in hand!

We are getting down to serious business.

Click here for the podcast.

Wouldn’t want to be doing this interview

Posted on | December 23, 2016 | No Comments

I have been really lucky to speak to some great people over the last 10 years on the radio.

This week I happened upon an interview with Jerry Lewis, not mine, and all I could say was I am glad I was not in this situation.

This was clearly a painful interview.

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