Music Is In Me — Kool Kenn
Donors’ names are also incorporated in outdoor courtyards. The building is illuminated by a combination of natural light and subtle electric lighting, she said. The backlighted Walt Disney Concert Hall sign near the hall’s main entrance at Grand Avenue and 1st Street is part of the signage that the Bruce Mau graphics firm created using a new typographic font called “Frank” in honor of Gehry. The designers said their goal was to have lettering that was “equally at home with philharmonic formal and downtown funky.” Leading the group into the performance hall, Hilander told of how Gehry even designed the look of the concert organ’s curved wooden pipes, built by German organ maker Caspar Glatter-Gotz in collaboration with tonal designer Manuel Rosales. TIMELINE: Walt Disney Hall through the years The soundproof concert hall has a mere 2% echo, she explained. “The acoustics here, designed by Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, are the best in the world.” As the tour continued, Hilander led the group to an area where the building’s structural skeleton has been left uncovered by the building’s 6,800 steel panels. “There are no right angles here,” she explained. She pointed to a rain gutter “lip” which keeps water from sheeting down the curving side of the building during stormy weather. “The most frequently asked question is, ‘How is this building washed?'” she added. A good rain is the easiest way, although maintenance crews use ladders, cherry pickers and an automated rooftop device for cleaning. Fingerprint-removal is a frequent task in high-traffic areas. Fingerprints are not a problem at a sunny fifth-floor overlook that serves up a stunning view of downtown’s high-rises, however. That’s because a sign at the edge of the observation area warns visitors not to touch the building’s hot steel surface. The hour-long tour ends where it started, in the Grand Avenue lobby near the Lobby Bar, made of glistening layers of sanded blue glass Tour participants Kersten and Jede were impressed by what they’d seen. “This looks pretty amazing from the outside,” said Kersten, a 24-year-old computer science student from Munich.
How many albums have you released? I have released two albums, the first one was Jogunmogun in 2001 and the second, Omotodun, 2006. Now I want to rebrand Omotodun under Icon Entertainment. Were trying to repackage the album, the new name will be Omotodun Reloaded. Which artistes are you featuring in your new project? Im still going to feature my homeboy, Marvelous Benjy in Omotodun. Theres another song titled Kajolepo, which is a brand new single under Icon Entertainment. We have many afro-hip-hop artistes in the country, what makes your music different? What makes my music different is the message I send to my audience. We have music and we have good music. The content of music can make you a different person. When people learn when they listen to the lyrics of your music, they realise that it is a good message. Actually, I preach love through music; it shows in my style of play. Afro-hip-hop is afro-hip-hop anywhere anytime, but the content of the music will show who you are and the message youre passing across to your audience. Did your family members support you when you decided to go into music?
Jimmy Lloyd: Building Music and Media From the Grassroots Up
Inside these two dark rooms, though, all the cliches of their shared pin code vanish. In place of classical songs, Marathi plays and other symptoms of Thane’s culture, these soundproof rooms boast teenage rebellion, cigarette smoke and a signboard that says, “Treat the instruments like your mother and sister.” Like the two sudden escalators at its railway station, these two jam rooms in Thane (SounDrome near Upvan lake and Musician’s Crib in Patlipada) are markers of change for the city’s musical scene. They have been providing refuge to a growing tribe of adolescent misfits that wears black, unleashes rage with a pair of drumkits and sings about death, escape and cannibalism. In the last few years, Thane has spawned many rock bands including Hindi bands Paradigm Shift and Sparsh and Marathi metal band, Moksh. “Now that resources like jam rooms and music shops are accessible, more people are forming rock bands and taking their music seriously,” says Kaushik Ramachandran of Paradigm Shift. Given the flourish of malls and other venues, “rock is becoming a crucial part of Thane’s emerging night life,” says Pravesh Bhosale, manager of the disco at Hotel United 21. The hotel held the west-zone qualifiers for Wacken festival, Germany’s open-air rock competition, and recently hosted Metal At The Tavern, a gig featuring seven Indian rock bands including Demonic Resurrection. Shantanu Rojatkar, co-founder of Musician’s Crib, is looking to tie up with Rude lounge to host gigs. “People see local bands going out and creating unique music which in turn has created a lot of awareness,” says Shivkumar Dhale of the band Sparsh, that has played at several colleges. At one of its shows in a South Mumbai lounge, three boys who had travelled from Thane to watch them were not allowed in as they were underage. “The organisers have realised that this crowd can be tapped,” says Ramachandran. Many of the gigs, including Metal At the Tavern, have been organised by Riju Dasgupta of Albatross and Nitin Rajan, former vocalist of death metal band Morticide. The duo turned to Thane when “the only venues available for underground rock were in Bandra and South Mumbai and were expensive,” says Dasgupta, who is better known as Dr Hex. Though the turnout has been encouraging, “the ego boost entails a small financial loss,” says Dasgupta, who is now looking at Vashi for cheaper venues. “For fledgling bands, exposure is key,” says drummer Soham Patil, whose band Black Heart performed at Rock Revolution, a big contest in Thane on Saturday.
Rock music: Thane gets new chord of conduct
He’s looking to help you and connect you to an audience and hopefully gain some traction [so] your career will go a little further. He’s like a shepherd… He acts as a curator in a sense ’cause he’s cherry-picking this talent that he feels strongly about.” One reason Lloyd champions the underdog is because he effectively engineered his own rise from obscurity, admittedly without any professional training in the field: I’m totally self-made, coming up from my bootstraps. I’ve been songwriting since I was fifteen, but I don’t have a natural musical ear and I’ve never had any lessons. But when I [first] got a guitar, I’d just build up the dexterity knowing that I had a story to tell, that I could deliver a song. All this other stuff, I’ll figure it out. I’ve always been this somewhat insightful, introspective person with the drive to learn things I wouldn’t necessarily have learned through education. Actually, everything Jimmy knows he learned through some rather astonishing experience. Back in 2008, Lloyd was a one-man operation, an unknown singer-songwriter just trying to do what he loved. He decided to make a music video for his song “Cop Bar” and deluged the Craigslist job boards with attention-grabbing links, a move that caused the footage to go viral. Within two months of its posting, “Cop Bar” drew the attention of an NBC executive who promptly emailed Jimmy, “Nice video. Who are you?” That’s where the whole thing gets really weird and kind of New Age-y. I knew at that moment, ‘This is it.’ I knew I had to make that video, that it would lead to something, and when he contacted me, I recognized it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Several conversations later, Lloyd’s network sherpa raised the opportunity bar with another fateful question:”In a perfect world, what would you want to do?” Jimmy was ready with an answer: “In a perfect world, I would love to executive-produce a serious show about songwriters.” Immediately the two began sketching out a pitch for the project that became JLSS, which launched under NBC’s digital banner in late 2009. Levy, who met Lloyd shortly after the show premiered, says, “Everyone else works in baby steps, almost like a video game where you have to progress through each level before you can go slay the big dragon.