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  1. NEW YORK: Apple said Monday that it would buy leading song recognition app Shazam in a fresh bid to secure an edge in the intensifying battle of streaming services. Apple, whose streaming service has rapidly grown but still has only half the paid subscribers of Spotify, said that Shazam has consistently been one of the most popular items on its App Store. The two companies did not disclose financial terms. The technology news sites Recode and TechCrunch, quoting unnamed sources, both put the deal at around $400 million. The market signaled its approval, with Apple share prices jumping 2.0 percent, well outpacing the 0.2 percent rise on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users," Apple said in a statement. London-based Shazam said in a separate statement: "We can´t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users." Shazam, which was founded in 1999 in the early age of online music, has offered a solution to a longtime agony of listeners -- putting a name to elusive songs. With a click, the app identifies tracks playing on the radio, at parties or as background music. But Shazam has struggled to find a way to make money off its technology, even as it said that it had reached one billion downloads on smartphones last year. Shazam only recently announced it had become profitable, thanks to advertising and steering traffic to other sites such as Spotify and Apple Music. The technology is also no longer quite as novel, with Shazam facing rivals such as SoundHound and with smartphones capable of ever more advanced recognition functions. Mark Mulligan, who writes a popular blog on the music industry, described Shazam as "cool tech without a business model" and said Apple was a rare player that could bring out the app´s value. Facing tough competition The world´s most valuable publicly traded company, Apple earns most of its revenue from iPhones but has also found it vital to be seen on the cutting edge culturally. Apple, which revolutionized online music a generation earlier with iTunes, in 2015 launched Apple Music as the market turns to streaming, which offers unlimited on-demand listening. Apple said in September that the service had more than 30 million subscribers -- a quick rise, but still trailing Spotify. Spotify -- which has emphasized a barebones, user-friendly interface instead of unique features -- said it had 60 million paying users as of July and 80 million more on its free tier. And with streaming experiencing rapid growth, competition has become even fiercer. Retail giant Amazon seized on its vast consumer reach as it launched its own streaming service last year. YouTube, the video-sharing behemoth owned by Apple´s rival Google, also has its own music streaming platform and recent reports said it was looking to launch a new paid subscription package next year. Tech battle turns to services Shazam has already proven it can be woven into another service. A year ago, it formed a partnership with SnapChat, the youth-driven social media platform whose videos evaporate, with users able to "snap" to friends the music they discover around them on Shazam. Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, said the Shazam sale "underlines the fact that the battle of the technology companies is firmly moving beyond hardware and into services." "This is a good move for Apple that helps to consolidate its already strong position in music content. It won´t be the last takeover of a tech firm by these big giants," he said. Apple has already invested in buying big-name music brands, in 2014 paying an eye-popping $3 billion for Beats Electronics, the headphones, speaker and streaming brand of rapper Dr. Dre. Soon afterward, it bought Semetric, a British company that tracks music consumption on behalf of labels and artists.
  2. As the year comes to an end, YouTube has released a list of most popular videos in Pakistan this year. The list is topped by Raees?s song, Zaalima, starring Mahira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan. The videos have been selected based on the time spent watching, sharing, commenting by users. The video is followed by Atif Aslam?s Pehli Daffa, which comes on a close second. Here is the list of top five most popular videos in Pakistan: 1) Zaalima featuring Mahira Khan, Shah Rukh Khan The song by Arijit Singh for Mahira's Bollywood debut, Raees, became an instant sensation after it was released. 2) Pehli Dafa- Atif Aslam The music video of Atif Aslam?s single Pehli Dafa featuring the Rustom actor Ileana D'Cruz looks as good as it sounds. Earlier last year, Ileana had also shared a solo picture on Instagram, hinting at an upcoming project with the singer. 3) Despacito- Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee Labelled as the anthem of the year, Despacito has become one of the most famous songs across the globe. 4) No Make Up - Bilal Saeed ft. Bohemia The single by Bilal Saeed become an instant fan favourite. The video has been watched over 30 million times on YouTube. 5) Shape of You- Ed Sheeran The song which was released earlier this year took the world by storm, with people of different ages grooving to it. However, the list does not end there other honourable mentions include Baazi by Sahir Ali Bagga and Aima Baig, Fi Ha (Arabic Remix), Sibbi Song by SomeWhatSuper and Abid Brohi, Kaif O Suroor (Promo) by Aima Baig and Coke Studio?s Nathional Anthem of Pakistan.
  3. Since its founding in 1999, Shazam has offered a high-tech solution to listeners´ longtime agony. Photo: file NEW YORK: Apple is in talks to buy the popular song recognition app Shazam as the tech giant tries to compete with streaming leader Spotify, TechCrunch reported Friday. The technology news site, quoting unnamed sources, said that the deal could be announced Monday with financial terms not yet clear. A spokeswoman for Apple declined comment. Since its founding in 1999, Shazam has offered a high-tech solution to listeners´ longtime agony over not recognizing music on the radio or in bars, letting users identify songs through their phones´ microphones. Shazam, which is based in London, said last year that it had reached one billion downloads on smartphones. But it only recently started to see profitability by incorporating advertisements and tying up with other tech firms including Spotify and Apple, to which it refers traffic. It would remain to be seen how Apple would integrate Shazam, which also faces competitors such as SoundHound. Apple, which earlier revolutionised online music with iTunes, in 2015 launched Apple Music as the market turns to streaming, which offers unlimited on-demand listening. Apple said in September that the service had more than 30 million subscribers -- a rapid rise but still trailing industry leader Spotify which said it had 60 million paying users as of July and 80 million more on its free tier. Stockholm-based Spotify earlier Friday announced that it and China´s Tencent were taking minority stakes in each other -- a likely sign of Spotify´s growth ambitions in the world´s most populous country, where it is not yet present.
  4. One of the most famous classical music composers in the history of mankind is Ludwig van Beethoven, second only to Mozart and Bach. And yet his life was anything but smooth. We know the most tragic reality of his life was the fact that he went deaf at a time his career was at its peak. Much like the iconic painter Vincent van Gogh who painted with a failing eyesight in his later years. His most famous work 'Starry Night' was painted at this time. An artist losing the very physical ability that his art depends on—it is as baffling as it is tragic. And yet these are legendary masters in their fields. It's either a mad desire to succeed or a mad desire to express and create that wins over most hurdles. Beethoven's hearing ability started to fail in his late twenties itself but the man kept making music. It is believed that he used a pencil to feel the vibrations of the notes on his piano. He would keep one end of the pencil in his mouth and the other end on the piano's soundboard that would transfer vibrations and help him read the notes. © Thinkstock/Getty Images As a child, Beethoven was frequently beaten up by his alcoholic father who wanted him to become a child prodigy like Mozart. His training started young – at the age of 5 – and any lack in attention or excellence invited a severe beating. So little was young Beethoven then that he had to stand on a stool to reach the piano. When his father appointed a tutor, his friend Tobias Friedrich Pfeiffer, to teach Beethoven, there was not much relief for the young musician, even though his new tutor had a significant role in shaping up Beethoven's music foundation. Tobias was an eccentric musician himself – being an insomniac, he preferred the middle of the night to tutor young Beethoven and would wake him up at ungodly hours for lessons. © Wikimedia Commons The mad genius that Beethoven was, he was known to dip his head in cold water before composing. Not only that, he would pour water over his hands when he practiced and he would keep pouring until his clothes were wet. The extent of this odd habit was so much that water would often leak onto the ceiling of the room below his, much to the discomfort of his hosts or neighbours. Considering the fact that Beethoven lived in Austria, it's a miracle he didn't catch pneumonia. © Wikimedia Commons The eccentric artist was a master at his craft but it wasn't without hard labour. Beethoven was dyslexic and had discontinued formal education at the age of 10, to pursue music training full-time. He did not learn the basics of mathematics and language, and struggled to do even simple calculations. He was not as comfortable with numbers and alphabets as he was with music. But this did not mean composing was cakewalk for him. He often struggled to understand and create his music, probably one reason why he felt the need to cool himself down with cold water. © Thinkstock/Getty Images There is a rather interesting story behind how he became deaf. Beethoven had been working on something for his primo tenore who seemed to disapprove his notes. When finally he created something to satisfy the man who then left, he got down to his work. Half an hour later, there was a knock on the door and Beethoven realized it was the primo tenore again, asking him to rework the notes again. Beethoven got so mad with rage that as soon as the man entered his room, he threw up and injured a nerve, that eventually led to his hearing loss. “I sprang up from my table under such an excitement of rage that as the man entered the room I threw upon the floor as they do on the stage, coming down upon my hands. When I arose I found myself deaf and have been so ever since. The physicians say the nerve is injured." Symphony 9, which is considered to be one of his greatest symphonies ever recorded, was written at this time. It was composed between 1822-1824. Beethoven died in 1827. For all his brilliance in composing, Beethoven had a difficult personality. He refused to adhere to societal formalities and was known to be moody and short-tempered. He would often stomp away from the stage if he heard the audience members murmuring amongst themselves. No amount of confrontations could coax him into being more agreeable and bowing down to social norms. So headstrong was he that he was eventually excused from following regular court etiquette. His short-temper, combined by a deep mistrust of people and lack of understanding of human relationships kept him away from people. Even though his friends were irked by his choleric temper, he had a circle of friends who remained by his side—his exceptional talent and forthright personality were too hard to ignore. When he died, his funeral was attended by 20,000 people. What is it about artists and eccentricities that goes so well together? Psychologists have often wondered if there is a connection between genius and eccentric tendencies. Nikola Tesla, the genius inventor responsible for giving the world the alternating current motor design, suffered from obsessive compulsive tendencies that caused him to carry 18 napkins with him most of the time. Never mind that famous composer Mozart sometimes liked to pretend to be a cat and jumped over tables and chairs during rehearsals, 'meowing' like one. What's yours? Sources: The National Opera and Balet Theatre Maria BieÅu RM Martin Cooper. “Ludwig van Beethoven” Nicholas Lezard. New Statesman. “Meet the maestro: Beethoven's fraught personal life” Phil Gibbons. “18 Grim Facts About The Life Of Beethoven You Never Learned As A Kid”
  5. Beyonce. Image: Getty LOS ANGELES: Beyonce?s hit album Lemonade and world tour made her the highest-paid woman in music in 2017, according to an annual Forbes list on Monday, edging out Britain?s Adele and pop star Taylor Swift. The R&B singer earned some $105 million from record sales and from her Formation concert tour, according to Forbes. She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests. Adele, whose 25 album broke first-week U.S. sales records in 2015 and who completed her first major tour since 2011, made the second place with an estimated $69 million, despite having no major endorsements for other products. Swift, who topped the last year?s list with $170 million in estimated earnings, raked in $44 million this time despite having finished her 1989 world tour. The singer is expected to see her earnings rise significantly in the next 12 months courtesy of her new album Reputation ? the best-selling album of 2017 ? and an upcoming tour. Canadian superstar Celine Dion took the No.4 spot, earning some $42 million after taking a break from her Las Vegas residency following the death of her husband Rene Angelil in January 2016. Forbes compiled the list after estimating pre-tax income for the 12 months from June 2016 to 2017, based on interviews with managers, agents, lawyers and some of the stars. It also looked at data from the Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan. The full list can be seen at
  6. Recording artist Mel Tillis performs at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, US, June 6, 2014. AFP/Getty Images North America/Jason Davis/Files WASHINGTON: Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis ? known for songs such as "I Ain't Never" and "Coca-Cola Cowboy" ? died early Sunday aged 85, his publicist confirmed. The country legend died of suspected respiratory failure at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, publicist Don Murry Grubbs said in a statement. "Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered," he said. Tillis, a father of six who endeared fans with his stammer and self-deprecating charm, recorded more than 60 albums, scored 35 top 10 singles, and saw 600 of his songs recorded by major artists during a career spanning six decades. The former Air Force baker ? who had his heyday in the 1970s ? also dipped into film and television, appearing on shows such as Hee Haw and movies including Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Every Which Way but Loose (1978), alongside Clint Eastwood. He was also active in business ventures which included radio stations and publishing companies, as well as his own theatre in Branson, Missouri, where he performed thousands of shows, according to The Tennessean newspaper. In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts. He was also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. A representative for Tillis' daughter Pam Tillis, also a country singer-songwriter, wrote on her Facebook page that his death was "sudden and unexpected". Tributes from fellow country music stars poured in on social media, with musician and The Voice judge Blake Shelton describing Tillis' death as "a truly devastating loss."
  7. STOCKHOLM: A Swedish comedian announced Sunday the launch of a women-only music festival, after the country´s largest event was cancelled following a string of sexual assault and rape complaints. Organiser Emma Knyckare said the two-day music festival called Statement will be held next summer in the western city of Gothenburg and will allow women to party and drink "without having to look over your shoulder". "Together we are making a statement against sexual assaults by creating a safe space for women, non-binary and trans people that want to attend festivals and feel secure at the same time," the radio host tweeted. "We don´t think this is too much to ask for!" It comes after organisers of Bravalla announced they were cancelling the 2018 event after police received four rape and 23 sexual assault reports at the festival in July. In 2016 local media also reported that five women were allegedly raped at the four-day camping festival, the largest in Sweden, attended by thousands of people each year. Statement organisers explained the launch of the festival on its website. Under the heading "Will it not make things worse?", organisers explain their long-term goal is to shut down the event. "Our wish is that a festival like Statement, as a free zone from sexual assaults, would not be necessary," it says on its website. "But sadly society keeps proving that this is needed, and that is why we are creating this festival." Organisers have already been forced to apologise for previously describing the festival as "dude free" - a term which was criticised for not including transgender men.
  8. Shawn Mendes, 19, launched his career by posting song covers to the internet before getting signed to a record label. Photo: AFP Canadian teen singer Shawn Mendes on Sunday won best artist and best song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in London, pipping heavyweight competitors such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ed Sheeran. The awards ceremony at Wembley Arena, the first to be staged in the British capital in 20 years, were hosted by Rita Ora and featured performances by U2 and David Guetta. In a first for the EMAs, which were created in 1994, MTV announced categories stripped of gender in a bid to "break barriers". Mendes, 19, who launched his career by posting song covers to the internet before getting signed to a record label, also scooped the "biggest fans" award. He performed the track that won him best song ? "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" ? in front of an electrified crowd in London. Eminem, who opened the show by unveiling his new single "Walk on Water" ? ahead of the release on Friday of his latest album "Revival" ? won for best hip-hop artist. Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was honoured with the best pop prize, while Coldplay snatched the best rock award. French DJ David Guetta, who performed in front of the youthful crowd, won for best electronic act. Taylor Swift, who was expected to be one of the big winners of the night with six nominations, failed to win any awards. The majority of the winners were picked by music fans in an online vote, from 12 categories listed and a further 32 separate prizes for different countries and regions. Louis Tomlinson, from the boy band One Direction, landed the best UK and Ireland act. The best video, claimed by US rapper Kendrick Lamar, was one of the few awards to be chosen by the MTV team. Other big-name winners included Ed Sheeran, for best live act, and Dua Lipa, for best new performer. Thirty Seconds to Mars were named best alternative. Irish band U2 collected MTV's "Global Icon" gong, previously awarded to Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem. Eminem performs on stage during the MTV EMAs 2017 held at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Nov. 12, 2017 in London, England. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic2 "U2's impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous," said Bruce Gillmer, producer of the awards ceremony. "For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe," he added. U2 performed in London's Trafalgar Square the night before the MTV awards, along with DJ Guetta, to a crowd of 7,000 who won free tickets in a ballot. This year saw the MTV Europe Music Awards return to London for the first time since 1996. British singer and actress Rita Ora took charge of the ceremony and also turned in a popular stage performance. The cable channel also runs the Video Music Awards which are renowned for top performances and the occasional controversy, including pop diva Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of meat to the ceremony in 2010. The previous Video Music Awards saw hip-hop artist Kanye West leap on stage to interrupt an acceptance speech by Swift and argue that Beyonce was better.
  9. Larry Mullen Jr, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 performing at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona in September. The Irish ban will receive MTV's "Global Icon" gong. Photo: AFP Eminem, U2 and David Guetta will take to the stage in London on Sunday for the MTV Europe Music Awards, which returns to the British capital after more than 20 years. British singer Rita Ora will host the ceremony at Wembley Arena, which for the first time will see categories stripped of gender after MTV announced it wants to "break barriers". Taylor Swift could be the big winner of the night, with the US pop sensation nominated in six categories just two days after her sixth album "Reputation" was released. Although up for awards including best artist, video, and look, it's uncertain whether she will attend the ceremony which is filled with live performances. Top-selling rapper Eminem will unveil his single "Walk on Water" ahead of the release of his latest album "Revival", which comes out on Friday. Bieber leads Europe MTV awards, ahead of Gaga Best Video is determined by MTV's editorial team, but most categories are decided through fans' voting Eminem, who is nominated in the best hip-hop category, last month savaged US President Donald Trump in a video aired at an awards ceremony in Miami. Other nominees set to perform at Wembley include Cuban-American artist Camila Cabello, Canadian singer Shawn Mendez, and the French DJ David Guetta. The majority of the winners will be picked by music fans in an online vote, where there are 12 categories listed in addition to 32 separate prizes for different countries and regions. The best worldwide act and best video will be chosen by the MTV team. Irish band U2 will collect MTV's "Global Icon" gong, previously awarded to Queen, Whitney Houston and Eminem. Eminem sears 'racist' Trump at award show Eminem ends the video by demanding that his fans forswear Trump "U2's impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous," said Bruce Gillmer, producer of the awards ceremony. "For over four decades and counting, they've entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe," he added. U2 performed in London's Trafalgar Square the night before the MTV awards, along with DJ Guetta, to a crowd of 7,000 who won free tickets in a ballot. Created in 1994, the MTV Europe Music Awards returns to London for the first time since 1996. The cable channel also runs the Video Music Awards which are renowned for top performances and the occasional controversy, including pop diva Lady Gaga wearing a dress made of meat to the ceremony in 2010. The previous Video Music Awards saw hip-hop artist Kanye West leap on stage to interrupt an acceptance speech by Swift and argue that Beyonce was better.
  10. George Young was best known for his behind-the-scenes work helping create one of the biggest rock acts in the world, AC/DC. Photo: AFP SYDNEY: Australian music pioneer George Young, a driving force behind AC/DC which was fronted by his brothers Angus and Malcolm, has died aged 70, the band and his publishing house said Monday. Young shot to fame in the 1960s as a member of Sydney-based The Easybeats and became an established songwriter, penning classics like "Love is in the Air" and "Friday on my Mind" with long-time collaborator Harry Vanda. But he was best known for his behind-the-scenes work helping create one of the biggest rock acts in the world, co-producing many AC/DC albums including "Let There Be Rock", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", and "High Voltage". "It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young," the band said in a statement. "Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC. "As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man." George was a teenager when he emigrated from Scotland to Australia with his brothers and was the first to win acclaim as a guitarist for the extremely popular The Easybeats. After the band broke up, Young and Vanda concentrated on writing and producing pop and rock songs for other artists under the umbrella of Albert Productions. "George was a pioneer who, with close friends Harry Vanda and Ted Albert, created a new sound for the Australian music industry," said Albert chief executive David Albert. "He will be missed." Fellow Glaswegian and Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes also paid tribute, tweeting: "George Young RIP. What a huge loss for music. A great songwriter, producer and a great human being."
  11. NEW YORK: Bruno Mars, Drake and Ed Sheeran led nominations Thursday for the American Music Awards, where for the first time no women were vying for the top prize. In the televised gala, set for November 19 in Los Angeles, winners are determined by fan voting, unlike the more prestigious Grammy Awards, which is based on polling of music industry players. No women were in the running for Artist of the Year for the first time since the category took its current form in 2002. Funk revivalist Bruno Mars and English songwriter Ed Sheeran were nominated for Artist of the Year as well as Video of the Year for their respective hits "That´s What I Like" and "Shape of You." Other nominees for Artist of the Year included Drake -- who was also in the running in both the pop/rock and rap fields -- and rapper Kendrick Lamar, as well as electronic duo The Chainsmokers. Another closely watched category, New Artist of the Year, had one woman among the nominees, pop singer Julia Michaels. Other nominees were former One Direction heartthrob Niall Horan, British singer and fellow TV contest star James Arthur, rapper Post Malone and hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd. Women have frequently been Artist of the Year, with Taylor Swift winning three times and Ariana Grande taking the prize last year. The American Music Awards also has separate female and male categories, with Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Alessia Cara in the running for favorite pop/rock female artist. The nominations come amid growing attention to gender inequality in the United States -- conspicuously so in the entertainment industry -- and amid mounting allegations that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein preyed for years on young women.
  12. Rahman who is a self-professed Logic Pro X loyalist wants to introduce the software to his students. Photo: File Apple is partnering with ace composer A R Rahman to open two new music labs at his schools. One lab will be based in KM Music Conservatory?s (KMMC) flagship campus in Chennai, while the other will be situated in the upcoming new campus in Mumbai. The Mac-equipped labs will enable students to learn how to make music using Apple's music creation app, Logic Pro X. Apple will also give 10 full-time musical scholarships to students from underprivileged backgrounds. Rahman who is a self-professed Logic Pro X loyalist wants to introduce the software to his students. ?Music is a healer for today?s world and we share the same affinity and love of music with Apple Music," Rahman said. "The labs and scholarships at KMMC make an invaluable contribution to helping to develop the talents of tomorrow?s musicians and composers. For over 20 years, I?ve been a loyal Logic Pro user and am excited to be on this journey together with Apple." Students enrolled at the composer?s KM Music Conservatory undertake both part-time and full-time courses in Hindustani and Western classical music. A two-year diploma course gives students the option to continue their studies for a third year at Middlesex University, London, to complete a BA in Music.
  13. The ‘Echoes Of Earth' music festival is back to blow minds with its second edition. After a successful first year that immediately garnered an enthusiastic audience in its first leg itself, the festival promises to be bigger and better, boasting of a stellar lineup. Those who are to be in Bangalore on 18th and 19th November, 2017 you will not want to miss this. © Facebook/Beardyman at Echoes of Earth 2016 In its second edition this year, ‘Echoes of Earth' is getting even closer to the pulse of great live music, promising a strong International and Indian line-up with sounds of Electronic live, Soul, Indian fusion, Jazz, Techno, Blues, Reggae, Rock etc. Artists like Emancipator (USA), Youngr (UK) , Hilight Tribe (FRA), Agents Of Time (ITA), Manu Delago (AUT), Thaalavattam (IND), Arjun Vagale (IND), BLOT (IND), Prateek Kuhad (IND), The Jazz B'stards (IND), Sid Vashi (IND), Rishabh Seen & Band(Khoj) (IND), Kutle Khan (IND), Generation Ft. Esani Dey & Mohini Dey (IND), Komorebi (IND), Dreamstates (IND) and many more, will convene in the lap of 150 acres of sprawling nature – which serves as the perfect location for a truly unique music festival experience. © Nilgiri Stage by artist Jordan Rakei A convergence of music, arts and culture, ‘Echoes of Earth', as the name suggests, is a celebration of the environment and a platform where artists and eco-conscious people can showcase their ecological ideas and concepts to the larger audience and create awareness of an alternate way of life. The entire festival is largely produced using upcycled & recycled concepts which present themselves as large stages and installations. In addition to great music, the two-day festival will also see workshops on music, wellness, and the green lifestyle. © Echoes Of Earth Festival Speaking to MensXP, Festival Director Roshan Netalkar said, “Echoes of Earth is a showcase of great music from around the world to the Indian audience, which is evolving in its music taste. At the same time, we want the festival to stand for something more. As you know, music is a universal language and it brings communities together. At ‘Echoes of Earth', we would like to use the power of communities to create awareness on sustainability, preservation and green living, which is need of the hour”. Tickets are available for sale on BookMyShow and start as cheap as Rs. 1,180. That gives you more than enough reason to attend the festival.
  14. This week's question is inspired by liquidfractals's reply to last weeks question. What is your favorite music and which bands would you have loved to see live? We learned many things; mostly that our team have poor taste in music. Brandon (Senior tech support and development) I like a lot of different genres. I grew up with rap and pop, but I like R&B, country, electronic and rock too. Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs n Harmony is probably my favorite rapper (and I've seen the group perform live), with Chamillionaire being a close second (and I've actually met him and talked to him one on one). I'd love to see Pentatonix live, that's on my bucket list I'd say. Mark H (Tech support) My tastes in music are quite eclectic. Given my age, "Rock & Roll" is at the top of the list, but after that it's "anything except Rap and Country". Who I'd like to see? Well.... I did have an invite from an older friend to attend Woodstock with him and his even older brother. Problem being, I was still very much a minor. Dad put the kibosh on that idea. I do wish I had gone. Marc S (Tech Support) I have lots of different genres of music that I listen to. Pretty much everything from Classical to hard trance, Whitney Houston to Marilyn Manson. I think if I was forced to pick just one, then it would likely be Progressive, or uplifting Trance. I could listen to this all day and night, and have produced some tracks, alongside one of my friends in the past. Rhett (Cloud Support) That's a hard one for me, I have kids, and a wife, we listen to all sorts of music, I'm not often in control of the station 😂 Matt (Senior Developer) Music is a huge part of my life. I listen to music all day while I work and I always have a pair of headphones in my pocket. My tastes change considerably depending on my mood but Sigur Ros, Radiohead, The National and Metallica are often on repeat. I quite like Apple Music as it often suggests bands that I've not heard of. I used to be a guitarist in a Metallica cover band in school. Thankfully it was before the internet existed so no shameful footage exists of those days. Mark W (Senior Developer) <looks over to now playing... "Miley Cyrus"> Maybe I won't take part this week... Jennifer (Designer) I listen to a lot of different genres and artists. Honestly my music tastes depend on my mood and what I'm focusing on. Thank god for Spotify. I listen to nearly everything except for Death Metal and Country (although I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule for both of them). I tend to lean to female voices over male voices most of the time. I have a special love for Five Nights At Freddys Fan songs, Portal Music and Pink Fluffy Unicorns (dancing on rainbows). I'd say some of my top artist loves would be: Amanda Palmer, Janelle Monae, Lily Allen, Nicki Minaj, The Pretty Reckless, Muse, Black Veil Brides, Fall Out Boy, Maroon 5 and Skillet Daniel (Senior tech support and development) All kind of electronic music (DnB, Electro, Frenchcore... literally everything) Stuart (Senior tech support and development) I listen mostly to classical music (being married to an Opera singer does that to you). I do also enjoy listening to rock and metal. One band I would have loved to see live is Queen, but unfortunately that was a little (not much) before my time. Drop us a line and let us know what your favorite music is. If you have any questions for the team that you'd like to be featured, let us know and we'll queue them up!
  15. Singer Whitney Houston waves at the crowd next to Clive Davis at the conclusion of her performance at the 2009 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons event. Picture taken February 7, 2009. Photo: Reuters LONDON: For music mogul Clive Davis, one memory stands out from a six-decade career - the sudden death of long-time collaborator Whitney Houston. The Grammy-winning record producer and executive - and subject of a new documentary ?Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives? - met the future star singer when she was an untested teenager. ?Whitney and I formed this creative collaboration, right from the beginning when she was 19-years old, and chose together every song that she ever recorded,? Davis said. Houston won six of her own Grammys in a 25-year career that was marred by drug and alcohol problems and a turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown. She died in 2012 aged 48, after drowning in a hotel bathtub. ?Her death was so startling and unexpected ? there is that analogy when someone dear to you, and it brought back the loss of my parents - how you can be affected by this tragedy,? he told Reuters. ?The film does make clear that I might have been a little bit more vigilant earlier. But once I became aware of the seriousness of Whitney?s addiction, I acted,? he added. The documentary ranges further over his career, with interviews with other artists he worked with from Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys to Sean ?Puffy? Combs, Patti Smith and Paul Simon. He was there in the early days of rap, financing the LaFace and Bad Boy labels which launched the careers of some of the first artists to attain mainstream success, such as Notorious B.I.G. and Combs. Davis said Combs convinced him that they could convince mainstream audiences to embrace hip-hop. ?He was very articulate in expressing that vision and I bought into it,? Davis said. ?Clive Davis: The Soundtrack To Our Lives,? is released on Oct. 3 via the Apple Music streaming service.
  16. Music is more than a song, a melody, a beat. Music is about people and stories coming together to form a symphony. Music is about journeys and lives and the unfolding of it all. Music is what happens when life gives you epiphanies that are either born out of melancholies, or euphoria. And it's a beautiful thing to watch unfold because the creation of music isn't what happens simply on a sheet, in a recording studio, or on a stage. Music is created way before it becomes a technical process and a product to serve an audience. And that's exactly what some of our homegrown independent musicians understand and profess through their day-to-day lives and on their social media platforms. So, if you truly want to understand where your favourite Indie musicians get their music from, start following them on Instagram and be a part of their journey. Here's who I personally recommend you to follow! 1. Prateek Kuhad Delhi-based Indian singer-songwriter better known for his Indie style and bilingual music. He was born and raised in Jaipur. Kuhad moved to United States to pursue Maths and Economics from New York University. Thank you for last night Delhi. You guys were beautiful! â¤ï¸ (ð¸ by Saptarshi Kashyap) A post shared by prateekkuhad (@prateekkuhad) on Sep 20, 2017 at 6:36am PDT ðº A post shared by prateekkuhad (@prateekkuhad) on Aug 3, 2017 at 11:17pm PDT Conversations on #murakami with @vidhikundanjain (ð¸ by @gorkey_photowala) A post shared by prateekkuhad (@prateekkuhad) on Jul 23, 2017 at 8:26am PDT 2. Gaurav Malakar Delhi-based DJ/Music Producer at BLOT! From a hunt the other day A post shared by Gaurav Malaker / BLOT! (@blottin) on Sep 20, 2017 at 2:17am PDT Rick & Morty. A post shared by Gaurav Malaker / BLOT! (@blottin) on Sep 1, 2017 at 6:40am PDT Edm style photo in Goa. Also my mantra on a tshirt. Also very nice foliage. A post shared by Gaurav Malaker / BLOT! (@blottin) on Aug 14, 2017 at 3:08am PDT 3. Zokhuma Arman Menzies; Music maker at Zokhuma; Guitarist for Goddess Gagged; Homegrown artist. Such an amazing weekend celebrating 1 year of @weareknowmad along with @petercatrecordingco And @dastaindia .Thank you for coming out and dancing. @loicplessis capturing the moment. A post shared by Arman Menzies (@zokhuma) on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:41am PDT ð ðð» ð´ A post shared by Arman Menzies (@zokhuma) on Jun 11, 2017 at 12:13am PDT Been waiting 4 years to eat this again. Os a Moelle. Bone marrow. Each marrow is the size of a glass • • • • • • • • • • • • #beef#marrow#bone#bonemarrow#paris#overload A post shared by Arman Menzies (@zokhuma) on May 6, 2017 at 2:19am PDT 4. Sandunes Sanaya Ardeshir; a producer, composer and synth player at Sandunes. Serious weekend- whatever that means to youð Activating practice mode this side before I'm back to recording piano music at @rbstudiosbln next week . . . . . . . #rbstudiobln #pianomusic #sandunes #redbullindia A post shared by Sanaya Ardeshir (@sandunesmusic) on Sep 2, 2017 at 7:15am PDT Such power in good lighting, this is what some music often looks like in my head. ð¸PC: @iamaneeshprasad // @theoutboxproject . . . . . . #mancheatercathedral #mif17 #sandunes #manchestergigs #bmr A post shared by Sanaya Ardeshir (@sandunesmusic) on Jul 18, 2017 at 2:34am PDT Tanpura status: recorded. This was the other day with Mr. Jayant Naidu at @cottonpressstudio . . . . . . . #sandunes #cottonpressstudio #CPSsessions #tanpurasession A post shared by Sanaya Ardeshir (@sandunesmusic) on Apr 27, 2017 at 9:55pm PDT 5. Raghu Dixit Indian singer-songwriter, producer, and film score composer, frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project Coming full circle. 12 years of friendship. First lady in Mumbai whom I sang for and now a super popular RJ on Radio Nasha interviewing me for Chef and its music! Thank you @rotalks for being beautiful to me and for having me on your show. @rajamenon @tuteconsult @ankurtewari @cheffilmindia @tseries.official A post shared by Raghu Dixit (@raghudixit11) on Sep 28, 2017 at 1:09am PDT I am happiest when I am making everyone happy! #covelongpointfestival A post shared by Raghu Dixit (@raghudixit11) on Sep 6, 2017 at 10:36pm PDT She just climbed on my lap and wanted to get pampered! And this one sure knew how to pose for a selfie! A post shared by Raghu Dixit (@raghudixit11) on Aug 31, 2017 at 7:18pm PDT 6. MojoJojo Akshay Johar; Bass music producer/DJ in New Delhi; named Best Electronica Artist - Radio City Awards '17 If you don't think you're the best, then why should anyone else? âï¸ A post shared by MojoJojo (@mojojojomusic) on Sep 21, 2017 at 6:51am PDT When your Monday sucks coz you're free but all your friends are at work and then you wonder what's so great about being self-employed and end up watching Netflix instead. ð© A post shared by MojoJojo (@mojojojomusic) on Aug 28, 2017 at 7:12am PDT Flipping out with Jack Sparrow! ð A post shared by MojoJojo (@mojojojomusic) on Jun 27, 2017 at 11:02pm PDT 7. Takar Nabam Guitarist, singer songwriter, composer at Takar Nabam. On stage performances, off stage hang/gear drooling moments #yesterdrive #singapore #musicmatters A post shared by Takar Nabam (@takarnabam) on Sep 16, 2017 at 3:51am PDT Old school. This one's about 10 years old and what a sound! should I should I not... Oh wait, empty pockets ð #epiphoneguitars #jazz A post shared by Takar Nabam (@takarnabam) on Sep 12, 2017 at 12:47am PDT Welcome to my pedal board, I have been looking for a good compressor since a while and I finally found one A post shared by Takar Nabam (@takarnabam) on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:43pm PDT 8. Vasundhara Vee Singer, Voice-Over artist, Vocal Troubleshooter. Great Communication is mostly Hearing in a nourishing way rather than speaking nicely. Singing too is hearing oneself without filters. It's first about our communication with Self and then a process of reporting that exchange to people. Jumping to expression bypassing the necessary 'processing' of oneself leads to an emptiness, a flatness of communication. We have to LIVE a lot and live consciously... Coz authenticity is a starting point.... Not an end. #timetomakeachange #notetoself #express #therightthing #forget #mimetism #live #be #present #meditation #is #pragmatism A post shared by Vasundhara Vee (@vasundhara_vee) on Jul 16, 2017 at 12:03am PDT Yesterday at the Yamaha Stage at PALM expo. With uncle Louiz 's Electro Jazz set. Such a great lesson in looking at music holistically and not through the narrow definitions of genre... Uncle Louiz is a prophet. The true bridge between Timelessness and Cutting Edge Contemporary. <3 @louizmumbai @louizbanksofficial @ginobanks83 A post shared by Vasundhara Vee (@vasundhara_vee) on Jun 1, 2017 at 10:23pm PDT The bottle said "Drink Me" :) Cred : the ever mad Vijay Kate Hope you're all headed to the Giants of Jazz festival at The Pianoman jazz club #lewiscarroll #inspiration #jazz #collaboration #bestvenueindelhi A post shared by Vasundhara Vee (@vasundhara_vee) on Nov 18, 2016 at 2:10am PST 9. Aditya Balani Indian guitarist//singer songwriter//music producer from New Delhi Testing out these #mooerpedals. Playing some blues on Sunday at @depot48 with @amansagarr @sonicshori @takarnabam A post shared by Aditya Balani (@adityabalani) on Aug 4, 2017 at 5:25am PDT #1111 A post shared by Aditya Balani (@adityabalani) on Jun 24, 2017 at 7:13pm PDT #khamira #concert #stagesetup #stage A post shared by Aditya Balani (@adityabalani) on May 28, 2017 at 11:28am PDT 10. Hari & Sukhmani They blend folk music from the land of Punjab with ambient electronica to create a sound that is fresh and eclectic. Happy, soulful music. Thank you Pune #harisukhmani A post shared by Hari â Sukhmani (@harisukhmani) on Aug 19, 2017 at 2:21am PDT Finally making some time for a photoshoot, with our very own @simranjagdevphotography . We can't wait to get our hands on those pictures ð always a pleasure! #photosessions #harisukhmani #behindthescenes A post shared by Hari â Sukhmani (@harisukhmani) on May 23, 2017 at 10:35am PDT On stage at Taalbelia A post shared by Hari â Sukhmani (@harisukhmani) on Jan 29, 2017 at 7:20am PST 11. Natasha Sehgal Singer/Songwriter | The Stage 2 Finalist So many fools in one frame A post shared by N A T A S H A (@natashasehgal) on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:58pm PDT Don't burp into the mic ð¤ #protip #trustme #notcute A post shared by N A T A S H A (@natashasehgal) on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:32pm PDT #tb to the best days ♥ï¸ A post shared by N A T A S H A (@natashasehgal) on Apr 5, 2017 at 2:02am PDT 12. Kamakshi Khanna A post shared by Kamakshi (@kamakshikhannaofficial) on Sep 23, 2017 at 1:43am PDT Euro trip 2017 in a nutshell. #HOBO4LYF #HIPPIETYPEKILADKI ð·: @vasuagarwal A post shared by Kamakshi (@kamakshikhannaofficial) on Sep 20, 2017 at 5:11am PDT Sneak peak into the photoshoot with @pritiza7 â¤ï¸ #comingsoon A post shared by Kamakshi (@kamakshikhannaofficial) on Aug 25, 2017 at 9:44am PDT 13. Lost Stories Indian DJ/Producer duo composed of Prayag Mehta and Rishab Joshi. Thank you #Amnesia Ibiza! It was an honour to play at one of the best clubs in the world. Thanks for having me @dimitrivegasandlikemike! Picture : @nishantmatta A post shared by Lost Stories (@loststoriesmusic) on Sep 18, 2017 at 9:39am PDT Happy Friendship Day! #LostSquad A post shared by Lost Stories (@loststoriesmusic) on Aug 6, 2017 at 7:02am PDT SHANGHAI! Thank you @m2shanghai for the best night ever â¤ï¸#LostSquad | @themoneta A post shared by Lost Stories (@loststoriesmusic) on Jul 9, 2017 at 7:28am PDT 14. Zaeden Sahil Sharma (born 2 July 1995), better known by his stage name Zaeden, is an Indian DJ and music producer. Together â¤ï¸ A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Sep 25, 2017 at 10:08pm PDT What a beautiful day â¤ï¸ A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Sep 8, 2017 at 2:31am PDT To all the aspiring DJs/Producers, stay focused and DO NOT GIVE UP! A post shared by Zaeden (@zaedenmusic) on Sep 3, 2017 at 6:53am PDT 15. Sharvi Yadav 22, Love & Passion | Winner- The Stage 2, VH1/Colors Infinity. Flyin' A post shared by Sharvi Yadav (@sharviyadav) on Sep 12, 2017 at 5:15am PDT Thinking about pizza... #Tb A post shared by Sharvi Yadav (@sharviyadav) on Aug 28, 2017 at 6:06am PDT From last week's interview w/ @arrepics :D A post shared by Sharvi Yadav (@sharviyadav) on Aug 14, 2017 at 11:43am PDT
  17. Imagining a collaboration between a fashion brand like Levi's and a technology giant like Google, somewhat seems absurd. What could these two extremely diverse firms possibly do together? As it turns out, they can do quite a lot. Two years ago, Google and Levi's announced their collaboration on the first piece of wearable technology. Google ATAP (Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group) first showed off the unique, touch-sensitive ‘Jacquard' fabric at an event in 2015 and mentioned it was working with Levi's to produce apparel with built-in technology, essentially a pair of “smart jeans”. The idea was to use the fabric to allow a garment to send data and power without the need for wires. But eventually, the idea was transformed in the form of a jacket and the details have finally been revealed. The jacket will be launched very soon, particularly, on September 27 (a limited release) and a wider release (select stores and online) on October 2. © Google Atap At first glance, it might appear as a normal denim jacket but this $350 jacket is anything but normal. Branded as the ‘Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google', the jacket is made using some kind of special fabric that allows the smart features to work. The jacket uses the fabric and a connected flexible snap tag to connect to your smartphone (the tag slips into a hole in the sleeve). It creates a ‘touchscreen' around the left wrist, where you can "gesture" (tap twice, brush out, and brush in) to enable different functions. You can assign different gestures for different functions. And voila! Your jacket will start to read your directions, pause or play songs, read your texts to you and more. Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket powered by #Google's Jacquard #technology#GCP #Cloud — Zumzum (@ZumzumLtd) September 26, 2017 According to the manufacturers, the jacket consists of, “Tiny electronics contained in the flexible snap tag connect the Jacquard Threads in the jacket's cuff to your mobile device. The snap tag lets you know about incoming information, like a phone call, by giving you light and haptic feedback. Inspired by a strap that you would see on a cuff, it looks and feels like it's a part of the jacket. The tag also houses the battery which can last up to 2 weeks between USB charges.” © Twitter/LEVIS The jacket was specifically tailored keeping the ‘urban cyclist' in mind but will definitely catch everybody's attention for good and bad reasons, both. A major downside to the jacket is that for its fancy features to work you need to have your smartphone and headphones with you at all times. Another rather cringe worthy downside is that the fabric can only survive 10 washes and after that, all the fanciness goes down the drain. Although the CEO of Levi's Chip Bergh rarely washes his jeans but this news might not go down well with other people, especially not with cleanliness freaks. We aren't exactly sure how this jacket would be perceived by people across the world but it sure proves that the future of technology is going to be stylish.
  18. Music piracy is on the increase worldwide, with 40 percent of users are accessing unlicensed music, up from 35 percent last year, the global recorded music industry group IFPI said. Internet search engines are making piracy easier, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said in a report on Tuesday, calling for government action. The increase in piracy follows a slump in recent years when policing of the digital music landscape appeared to be clamping down on the practice. "Copyright infringement is still growing and evolving, with stream ripping the dominant method," said IPPI chief, Frances Moore. "With the wealth of licensed music available to fans, these types of illegal sites have no justifiable place in the music world," she said, calling for greater regulation of the digital music sector. Based on a survey of consumers in 13 countries, the report found that most unlicensed music listeners were using "stream ripping" to access pirated content. Thirty-five percent of all Internet users were using stream ripping -- up from 30 percent in 2016. Stream ripping sites allow users to turn a file being played on a streaming platform, such as Spotify or YouTube, into one that can be downloaded permanently. The percentage of stream rippers rose to 53 percent among 16-24-year-olds, while only 18 percent of 55-64-year-olds engaged in stream ripping. The report said search engines "play a key role in copyright infringements", with 54 of those downloading unlicensed music using Google to find it., the world's most popular stream ripping site in which millions of users converted YouTube videos into audio files, was shut down earlier this month after a legal campaign by IFPI. The music industry -- which has enjoyed a revival in profits after years of stagnation -- has been increasingly aggressive in tackling piracy. In 2015, it succeeded in shutting the popular site Grooveshark. IFPI also said that upload platform YouTube accounts for 46 percent of all the time spent listening to on-demand music but that this dominance was failing to create "fair value" for the music business. It said the estimated annual revenue for the industry per user from Spotify was around $20 (17 euros), compared to less than $1 per user for YouTube. The report also revealed the continuing rise in audio streaming. It found that 45 percent of respondents were now listening to music through a licensed audio streaming service -- up from 37 percent in 2016. It also revealed that 90 percent of paid audio streamers were listening to music using a smartphone. Among 13-to-15-year-olds, 85 percent were using streaming services, according to the survey.
  19. Rolling Stone, the iconic 50-year-old magazine of music and counterculture, is putting itself up for sale amid an increasingly uncertain outlook, its founder said. Jann Wenner - who started Rolling Stone in 1967 as a hippie student in Berkeley, California and now runs it with his son Gus - told The New York Times that the future looked tough for a family-run publisher. "There's a level of ambition that we can't achieve alone," Gus Wenner told the newspaper in an interview published late Sunday. "So we are being proactive and want to get ahead of the curve," he said. One of the most influential magazines covering rock music, Rolling Stone has also been a home for experimental writers such as the gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. But the magazine's reputation - and finances - were badly damaged when it retracted a 2014 story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, with a review finding that Rolling Stone did not undertake basic journalistic procedures to verify the facts. Rolling Stone last year sold a 49 per cent stake to a Singaporean music and technology start-up, BandLab Technologies, which is headed by Kuok Meng Ru, the scion of one of Asia's richest families. It was not immediately known if Kuok would want to take a controling stake in Rolling Stone. The Wenner family earlier this year sold its other two titles - celebrity magazine US Weekly and lifestyle monthly Men's Journal - to American Media, Inc., a publisher of supermarket tabloids including The National Enquirer. If American Media, Inc., were interested in Rolling Stone, it would mark a sharp change in owners' ideologies. The tabloid empire is led by David Pecker, an ardent ally of President Donald Trump, while Rolling Stone tilts strongly to the left and has featured lengthy interviews with Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Jann Wenner, 71, who is also a key force behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said that he hoped to keep an editorial role at Rolling Stone but that the decision would be up to its new owner.
  20. Indian music festivals have come of age and how. They certainly are at par with global concerts. Here is our list of 10 such music festivals in India that you must attend. Ziro Festival of Music Held at picturesque Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, this festival is a four-day celebration of the independent music scene in India. Source: Ziro Festival - Shiv Ahuja You can enjoy 40 acts by talented musicians on two stages. Source: Ziro Festival - Shiv Ahuja In a short span of time, the Ziro Festival has become one of the most prominent fixtures on the Indian music calendar. Source: Ziro Festival - Shiv Ahuja Listening to talented artistes like Sofia Ashraf, The Kathmandu Killers, Reggae Rajahs, Alaska Snack Time and Khasi Bloodz in a truly majestic setting is a unique experience you wouldn't want to miss. When: 28th September to 1st October Where: Biiri Village Ground, Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh Website: Magnetic Fields Festival This is a magical musical carnival. Source: Magnetic Fields - Rebecca Conway You get to enjoy amazing international underground music in a typical Rajasthani setting with a traditional mahal as a venue. Source: Magnetic Fields Book a tent or a luxury suite and gear up to enjoy some heady performances by artistes like The Ska Vengers, Delhi Sultanate, Begum X, Ben UFO and Machinendrum this year. When: 15th to 17th December Where: Alsisar Mahal, Alsisar, Rajasthan Website: NH7 Weekender Organisers call NH7 Weekender the ‘Happiest Music Festival' in India and rightly so. Source: NH7 Weekender - Clique Photography Having attended various editions of this annual gig carnival, one can safely say this is one weekend of crazy live performances and swooning music fans. Source: NH7 Weekender- Clique Photography This year's main editions are being held in Meghalaya and Pune and seven one day ‘Express' editions in various cities. Source: NH7 Weekender - Clique Photography Watch established names in music and upcoming talents share the stage and belt out some heady beats. When & Where: Meghalaya (27th to 28th October); Pune (8th to 10th December) Website: Hornbill Festival Kisama village, situated 12 kilometers away from the capital city of Nagaland is the setting for one of longest music festivals in India and abroad. Source: Facebook - Hornbill Festival This 10-day carnival is a tribute to the vibrant culture of Nagaland. While the real lure of this fest remain the amazing music performances by aspiring musicians and established names, the charm of experiencing the diversity of the state and enjoying their food is something very few festivals can provide. Source: Facebook - Hornbill Festival A rock competition featuring amazing new talent and performances being judged by big names in music is a real unique treat. When: 1st to 10th December Where: Kohima, Nagaland Website: Enchanted Valley Carnival This multi genre gig will have you swooning to Arijit Singh and Farhan Akhtar, dancing to Badshah, swirling to Papon or simply grooving to house, techno, trance, drum and bass beats churned out by leading DJs. Source: Facebook - EVC Held in the charming Aamby Valley in Lonavala, this is one amazing carnival where all you do is camp and groove. Source: Facebook - EVC Enjoy a casual sport with fellow campers, take part in a drum circle, wile away your time at art and painting workshops or enjoy impromptu jam sessions. When: 16th to 17th December 2017 Where: Aamby Valley City, Lonavala Website: Storm Festival The Storm festival is truly a one-of-a-kind, camping music festival. Artists from India and across the globe regale you with their peppy live performances. Source: Facebook - Storm Festival The real charm of Storm are late night jams with artistes, barbeques and campsite bonfires. The dates for the next edition are yet to be announced but we already have our bags packed for this one. Source: Facebook - Storm Festival When: TBA Where: Napoklu, Coorg Website: Sunburn Sunburn is a cult music celebration. Source: Facebook - Sunburn Festival Thousands of music revelers swooning to edgy beats on a beach in Goa around New Year made it the party of the year. Source: Facebook - Sunburn Festival It was recently shifted to Pune but didn't lose any of its charm. Source: Facebook - Sunburn Festival The rumours are (and we are hoping they are true) that the fest is headed back to Goa. Source: Facebook - Sunburn Festival The festival has grown bigger and better each year and now hosts 100 talented artistes across multiple stages. When: 29th December to 31st December 2017 Where: Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune Website: Vh1 Supersonic Nikhil Chinapa has curated one of the most sought after and anticipated music events in our country. Source: Facebook - VH1 Supersonic In its fifth year, Supersonic is known to host some of the best music names from India and abroad and has seen headlining acts by the likes of The Chainsmokers, Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin, Pretty Lights and many more. Source: Facebook - VH1 Supersonic This is one of the most popular music festivals in India and you should definitely book tickets in advance as hordes of music buffs will be headed to Pune for their annual pilgrimage. When: 9th to 11th February 2018 Where: Laxmi Lawns, Pune Website: Sula Festival For two days, the vineyards of Nasik reverberate with groovy electronic music. Source: Sula Festival The Sula Fest is a lifestyle event that attracts hardcore music maniacs and leisure travelers alike. Source: Sula Festival It is one heady dose of fashion, leisure, music and of course, wine. Head there to just unwind and relax while sipping wine and listening to heady beats. When: 3rd to 5th February 2018 Where: Sula Vineyards, Nasik, Maharashtra Website: Mahindra Blues A niche festival that is the best treat a Blues fan can expect in India. Source: Facebook - Mahindra Blues Mahindra Blues has emerged as one of the best music festivals in country despite catering to a particular genre. Source: Facebook - Mahindra Blues The quality of music and the lineup of performers each year are at par, if not better than, any Blues festival across the globe. Source: Facebook - Mahindra Blues Mehboob Studios provide the perfect setting for this fest. When: 10th to 11th February 2018 Where: Mehboob Studios, Mumbai Website:
  21. The festive season is about to kickstart with a real bang now that we have confirmation that one of the biggest dance music artists, KSHMR, is all set to embark on his maiden 6-city tour across the country! KSHMR/Facebook Fresh off a colossal headlining act at Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival this year, and Sunburn Festival last year, Niles Hollowell-Dhar the Indo-American DJ and record producer from Berkeley, California—better known as modern-aged legend, KSHMR—is set to tour his homeland this year with an intrinsic nationwide tour that hopes to be a hallmark when it comes to the current Kashmir scenario in India. It is no secret that Niles has always had a strong connection to his Indian roots. His father left for the United States from Kashmir — that's where the moniker KSHMR is derived from — at the age of 25. He married Niles' American mother, but kept his obligations to his family in India by making regular visits home every couple of years with his son in tow. Wikipedia Ranked #12 on DJ Mag's 2016 list of top 100 DJs, KSHMR has been making India proud by taking his heterogeneous sound to different parts of the world, and has been hailed by many, as a champion of his unique global sound. He fabricates beautiful sonic blends with a palette that brings the best of Asia and the Middle East into contemporary European and North American dance styles. Referred to as the ‘Prince of Cinematica', the former pop producer has taken the EDM world by storm with his emotive performance led productions that translate into epic live shows, that take the audience on a visual and auditory journey into the world of KSHMR. DJ Mag Somehow, KSHMR always lands in the top 100 of the Beatport overall charts; making it look so easy! “I attribute a large part of my success to India and the country has always held a special place in my heart. This is my first tour in India – a homecoming of sorts and a moment I've long waited for. I plan to give people an experience that reflects just how important it is to me,” he says in a statement announcing his maiden India tour. “Having CRY as a part of this show is a huge honour for me because they address poverty at its brunt—the children. They are the window of time through which we may leave some good beyond our own.” For those of you who are oblivious, KSHMR devotes a lot of his time and efforts to giving back to society; one such initiative being that of lesser-privileged kids. In fact, Niles has even authored a children's book which accompanied the release of his first album, ‘The Lion Across The Field'. KSHMR/Facebook The world-renowned artist has worked with some of the leading names in the business—Far East Movement, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Selena Gomez, R3hab, Tiësto, Carnage, DVBBS, Borgeous, Dimitri Vegas Like Mike and Bassjackers, are just a few to name; peaking at the numero uno spot with tracks including Secrets, Bazaar, and Megalodon. His latest endeavour is his own record label Dharma, which serves as a platform to showcase the best global talent in the world of electronic music, including KSHMR's latest EP Materia featuring Snails, Maurice West, Mariana Bo and more. This tour is going to be one of the most expansive ones in recent times, with Indian fans getting more than one chances to attend his concert and revel in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here are the dates for each city: Delhi NCR: India Exposition Mart, Greater Noida - Friday, October 20th 2017 Bengaluru: E-Zone - Saturday, 21st October 2017 Chennai: VGP Beach Resort – Sunday, 22nd October 2017 Kolkata: Aquatica – Friday, 27th October 2017 Hyderabad: HITEX Exhibition and Convention Centre – Saturday, 28th October 2017 Mumbai: Mahalaxmi Racecourse – Sunday, 29th October 2017 Tickets are set to go on sale from this weekend, starting today, on KSHMR's website.
  22. Classical music ranks highly for positive and energetic qualities, such as pieces composed by Antonio Vivaldi. Photo: File Listening to happy music while working may spark the kind of divergent thinking that?s associated with creativity and problem solving, a recent study in the Netherlands suggests. In particular, classical music that ranks highly for positive and energetic qualities, such as pieces composed by Antonio Vivaldi, were most likely to encourage creative thinking, researchers found. ?Creativity is one of the core skills needed for dealing with a world that is changing faster than ever before,? said study coauthor Sam Ferguson of the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. ?Knowledge about ways to facilitate this important skill is becoming more critical,? he told Reuters Health by email. Ferguson and Simone Ritter of Radboud University Nijmegen played classical music for 155 Radboud student volunteers as they completed a creativity task. The researchers split the students into five groups, with each group randomly assigned to listen to one of four pieces of music or to silence before and during their creativity tasks. The music pieces were chosen for their mood and arousal levels. The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens represented a positive mood but low arousal level, thus a calm piece of music. Vivaldi?s The Four Seasons was the happy piece, Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber was the sad, slow piece and The Planets: Mars, Bringer of War by Gustav Holst was used as a negative, arousing - in other words, anxious - piece. To test creativity, the research team focused mainly on divergent thinking, which involves producing multiple answers from available information by making unexpected combinations, recognizing associations among ideas and transforming information into unexpected forms. Divergent thinking is key to today?s scientific, technological and cultural fields because innovation often pairs disparate ideas, the authors write in PLoS ONE. ?One thing to point out is that divergent thinking is not equivalent to creative thinking, but it?s a proxy measure often used in research,? said Rex Jung of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, who wasn?t involved with the study. Ferguson and Ritter asked participants to list as many different and creative uses for a common object as possible, in this case, a brick. They also tested convergent thinking, which measures whether someone can come up with the best, well-established or correct answer to a problem when the answer already exists. Answers were then scored by the number, quality, creativity, originality and usefulness of the ideas. The students were also asked about their moods before the test began, as well as how much they liked the music. The research team found that the students? moods before the test didn?t seem to make a difference in their creativity in the task. It also didn?t matter how much they liked the music or how familiar they were with the music. Overall, the type of music did not make a significant difference in performance on the creativity test, compared to silence, with the exception of happy music. Happy music also appeared to make the most difference in divergent thinking but not in convergent thinking. ?Music is such an important part of everyday life, and it could be a potential avenue for fostering creativity in education and the workplace,? Jung told Reuters Health in a phone interview. ?Even if people don?t play it themselves, they can appreciate it.? The small number of participants and the fact that most were women are limitations of the study, Jung added. Factors such as gender, age, education level and socioeconomic status could influence how music affects creative thinking. Future studies should further investigate how familiarity with and enjoyment of music affects creativity as well, the study authors write. Inherent skill and aptitude are also important to study in relation to creativity, Jung noted. He and others are researching how visual, spatial and musical abilities intersect with creativity. ?If you have perfect pitch or tonal rhythm, are you more likely to be creative and more likely to pursue a creative field?? he asked. ?And which abilities are most important to STEM careers in science, technology, engineering and math?? Jung tells his patients that listening to music for creativity is similar to taking medication for depression. ?Medication can set the tone in your brain to do the hard work you have to do when talking to your therapist. Similarly, putting on music won?t make you more creative, but it can set the stage to help you.?
  23. Your music says a lot about you. It's no wonder we (read: I) judge people based on the kind of music they listen to. I mean; no offence, but, if you're listening to anything that's Taylor Swift, I'm judging you left, right and centre, boy! But, what exactly makes a person's taste in music good and how much exactly does one's taste in music affect their personality? Enough to make someone find them attractive, it would seem, according to some new scientific study conducted by the researchers at the University of Vienna! © Pexels The idea was to study how music effects sexual attraction between two people; to see if listening to certain songs would influence a person's choice of partner. And the result was a hell yes! According to their findings, women rated male faces as more attractive and were more willing to date them when exposed to music. According to Helmut Leder, one of the authors of the study, “Facial attractiveness is one of the most important physical characteristics that can influence the choice of a partner.” © Pexels “We wanted to find out how music can alter the perception of this feature,” Leder further adds. As part of the research, 96 heterosexual participants were given excerpts of certain songs along with an image of a face from the opposite *** in a neutral expression. During this time, the participants were asked to rate the faces in terms of how attractive they would seem to them and then answer if they would date that person, or not. The experiment was repeated, without the music excerpts in the background, to reach the aforementioned conclusion. © Pexels The results stated that the more stimulating and complex the music was, the more likely were the participants to date the people. However, this was recorded to be true, only with the women who were subjects, as the same results were not seen to be true of the male participants. As a woman, I can say this: Music does change the way we perceive people. As for men, I can't really speak. The researchers do intend to carry out this experiment on a larger scale. “Our goal is to replicate these results in a larger sample and to modify some aspects of the experiment,” said Bruno Gingras, another author of the study. “we would like to clarify whether musical abilities and creativity can compensate partially for deficiencies in terms of physical appearance and fitness.”
  24. Bollywood?s ?Dhak Dhak Girl? Madhuri Dixit is all set to release her first-ever English language Extended Play (EP), The Film Star. The EP will be launched with the debut single, ?Tu Hai Mera.? The special ode ?Tu Hai Mera? is a special effort from the actress who ruled the hearts of fans across the world for all the love and support she?s received from them, Bollywood Hungama reported. A fusion of classical Indian folk music with western pop lyrics and beats, the play will bring together the East and the West to create an iconic global sound and vibe. President and Founder of A&R Worldwide Sat Bisla along with Dixit, and her husband Shriram Nene in a meeting last year decided to create the multilingual soundtrack. Talking about ?Tu Hai Mera? Dixit said, ?Music has been a part of my life from the very beginning. I was pretty clear that I wanted to kickstart this new chapter with a sense of celebration and gratitude for my fans who have offered their unrelenting support and all their love no matter what. So what better way to embark on this journey than by celebrating their appreciation?? She said it was a ?pleasure to work with a team of talented individuals? who understand and appreciate the beauty of ?the East and West.? ?We were able to create something that really speaks to your soul. Our hope is that the audience will appreciate all the hard work our team has put into the project and that it moves them as much as it has affected us,? Dixit said. It recently surfaced that ABC Television is working on an American comedy series based on the life of Dixit in the US, which is executive produced by Dixit herself and Priyanka Chopra.
  25. I'm so glad that India now has a handbook on everything you should know if you want a career in music. We never had this before and we have only one person to thank for this book—Ritnika Nayan, Owner of Music Gets Me High, an artist management company based in Delhi NCR. Ritnika has worked in the music industry for 17 years across India and US, with the likes of Maroon 5, Nickelback, Counting Crows and Guns & Roses, internationally, and Nucleya, Advaita and Jalebee Cartel, back home. She is one of the more prominent female forces behind artist management, and concert and festival production in the country; having worked on Sula Festival, Ziro Festival, Eastwind Music Festival and much more. With her expansive knowledge of music and its evolution, globally, as well as her expertise in the nitty-gritty's of the trade business, Ritnika has established herself as a force to reckon with and this book is only further evidence of that and more. Pexels The Ultimate Guide To The Independent Music Industry In India For starters, Indie 101 is literally the only book in the Indian market right now that gives you more than just a thorough knowledge of how the music business works in the country. And this is not just talking about singers and songwriters. Through the various chapters of her book—each of which have been cleverly broken down into categories and sub categories—Ritnika takes you through quite a journey of every tier of the trade hierarchy. It's like walking through a pop-up model that is created specifically for a world that is built from, of and for music, entirely. Ritnika Nayan, Founder, MGMH India The Best Part About It It isn't riddled with jargon that will go above your head. Ritnika has successfully managed to break down each and every word for the common reader trying to get a better grasp of how the world of independent music works in the country. For not a single second will you feel left stranded due to the sheer lack of an understanding of the writing style used by the author. This is quite an accomplishment, to be honest. Because a lot of times I come across books that are career guidance manuals and self-help books that clutter the reader's brain with nothing but jargon and, thereafter, confusion. Our Indian literati is filled with such books and authors who seem to have a high claim to titles and prominence but when it comes to putting it into words, there always seems to be such a huge disparity between the author and the reader. For a second-timer author, Ritnika manages to bridge that gap quite brilliantly. True, one may say that when you're in the business of creating music and musicians, you tend to have a better chance at engaging and engrossing the audiences—whether it's in the form of a performance or a book. But, still, that chance gets slimmer when you know that in India, we don't have many such creative writers who can actually engross their readers from start to finish without them losing the plot mid way. Ritnika does that. MGMH India Our Verdict Not once during your read of Indie 101 will you find yourself lost, bored, or disinterested. In fact, you'll find it increasingly difficult to put the book down. What makes it even more interesting are the first-hand accounts from industry insiders—Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra, Parikrama's Subir Malik, Peter Jenner of Sincere Management UK who has worked with Pink Floyd, Emmanuelle de Deckerwho is the Founder & Director of Gatecrash/Jazz in India and Miti Adhikari of BBC Maida Vale Studios, are just a few of the prominent names who give meaningful insight into how things work in the independent music scene. Ritnika doesn't sugar coat it; not the words, not the interviews and definitely not the journey. She takes you through the music industry that is still shaping up in the country; showing you everything for what it really is and lets you make decision in the end. But, if ever there were a book that could be the answer to every budding musician's—or an amateur looking for a career in music, for that matter—most burning questions, then there is no other book in the market right now that could do it better than Ritnika Nayan's Indie 101. In fact, you don't even have to be someone looking for a career in music; you could just be someone with an interest in music, or even an ardent reader; Indie 101 is still a book that could find a nice corner for itself on your bookshelf without taking away from your literary tastes. Instagram Quite simply put, Indie 101 is the creative answer to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs for everything pertaining to a career in music. It's available for sale on Amazon India as well as on MGMH's website. If you happened to have already read the book, feel free to share your own thoughts on the same; if not, go read it and we can still talk!