ICBRKR EXTRAORDINAIRES: Meet Manny Panther, Founder of Immersions London
Welcome to our ICBRKR Extraordinaires Series, where we periodically highlight one extraordinary ICBRKR. Our community is our backbone, and we’re proud to bring together such a passionate and engaging group of people. ICBRKR: MEET YOUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY. ⚡️
This week, we introduce you to Music Lover and Global Explorer, Manny Panther. A former professional football (or soccer for the Americans) player from Scotland, Manny’s love of music and people inspired him to start Immersions London. He’s already partnered with some of the trendiest DJs in the music scene, and his incredible passion and work ethic show much promise for the future. Get to know Manny in our interview below, find Immersions events listed in the ICBRKR app, and connect with Manny at upcoming ICBRKR events.
Manny, other than having the coolest last name ever, what is it you do? And what inspired you to pursue this path?
I started an events brand called Immersions, created to collaborate with local and international artists to put together memorable experiences and events. In less than a year, we’ve already worked with:
Lisa de Narvaez - Breathwork
Neil Greenwood - Morning Gloryville Creative Director
Eduardo Castillo - Habitas
Patrik Khach - SBCLTR LA
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this was possible in 3 years, never mind our first 8 months, considering I’m mainly doing this for fun. Life moves fast sometimes.
That’s impressive! Congrats! And at ICBRKR, we love your events. Do you make any music yourself?
I recently got back into DJ’ing. I first learned to DJ as a youngster on vinyl records when I was around 13 years old. I remember saving up my paper round money for weeks on end to buy £120 Stanton Groovemaster needles for my decks. Many people won’t know what these are but music was important to me even at that age; I wanted my friends to hear the best sounds possible from my records.
You also had a past life as a professional athlete. Can you tell us more about that?
I took around a 15-20 year hiatus from being a DJ/Music Lover and this was because my first love in life became football. I went on to play professionally for 10 years. Upon reflection, my career had more downs than ups. Things didn’t start well; I was told at 16 that I may never play again due to a knee injury. But what football and sports in general teach you -- especially at such a young age -- is how to be determined and strong. From the age of 9, I’ve learned to work and train very hard, work as part of a team, sacrifice lots of things you like, never ever give up, take constructive criticism, LISTEN, strategise, and plan ahead.
All these qualities become good life skills and many footballers as well as athletes actually go on to succeed in life and do well -- probably a lot more than most people give them credit for.
So we have music, football, and you’ve also dubbed yourself a Global Explorer. What is your favorite city in the world?
My favourite city would have to be London, as I choose to live here. I’ve probably only discovered 10% of the city even though I’ve now been here for 3 years. But I love cities in general. I’m a city boy having been born in Glasgow, so I’m used to the hustle and bustle and was streetwise at a ridiculously young age.
Definitely comes in handy in a city like London. What would you say you like most about ICBRKR?
What I like about ICBRKR is that it’s paving the way in merging community and common cultural experiences, whether it be art, music or wellness. A place like London can be hard to find your community as lots of people work in the corporate world. They just work to get by and don’t have the time to integrate with unique communities of people that are doing new and interesting things. ICBRKR is filling that void and it’s been a pleasure to work with them. I’m excited about collaborating in the near future.
Last but not least, an ICBRKR tradition: what is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure would be my late nights. I run a business, so don’t get much free time to be as sociable as I’d like, or spend time with friends in and around the city. So at the end of the day, I like to use that time to catch up with friends, have late night phone conversations, or just watch something interesting on YouTube. The guilt kicks in in the morning when I’m tired and have to get to my desk and do it all over again.
Manny, the night owl! We support this, and it’s so great you make time for yourself and your friends. Thanks for giving us a peek into your life, Manny. We look forward to our continued collaborations, too.
Use ICBRKR to connect with Manny and other extraordinaires in LA, New York, London, and around the world. If you think you, or a fellow ICBRKR friend, make for the perfect feature, hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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