Exclusive Chad Hugo On NERD Finding His Musical Freedom

first_imgFrom The Neptunes to N.E.R.D. and beyond, the GRAMMY-winning musician and producer taps into what makes his music magicalPaul ZolloGRAMMYs Aug 13, 2018 – 10:51 am Chad Hugo is a musician first. He’s become famous for not wanting to be famous, preferring to let superstar friends such as longtime musical partner Pharrell Williams, or Jay-Z or Justin Timberlake, stand in the spotlight, while he stayed in the studio fine-tuning their tracks.Through a career as a producer, as well as member of his own band, N.E.R.D., Hugo has always focused on always keeping his records vital and fresh. For years he did this using the same digital toolbox everyone used until he realized what was missing was the soulful authority achieved only when real musicians play in real time. The dimension of human artistry real musicians can bring to a track is undeniable and can’t be attained in any other way.  We spoke to Hugo about that revelation, and other ideas which have informed his remarkable career.His story starts in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where music first enlivened his world. He was only 12 when he met Williams in the school marching band. They both were drummers, but Hugo was the Drum Major, the leader of the band, while his friend was behind him in the drumline. In time, as the world knows, Williams happily stepped into the frontman role as Hugo held it down in the back.It was over beatboxes though, not snare drums, that they bonded. Forming a duo called The Neptunes, they got signed to a production deal by Teddy Riley, who heard them at the school talent show. For nearly a decade they produced other artists, before starting their own band, N.E.R.D. (No-one Ever Really Dies), with Shay Haley.They created their debut, In Search Of, as they did their previous productions, with digital drum beats, samples and loops. They released it first in Europe before agreeing to reinvent the album with a slant both old school and new, fusing mechanical beats and samples with actual instruments in real time. They enlisted Spymob, a rock band, to do the playing since they felt they couldn’t. But by their next album, Fly or Die, they did it all. With incessant woodshedding, Hugo gradually grew more fluent on guitar and branched out in many directions, to saxophones, accordion, keyboards and more. Williams played the drums.“It’s not mandatory,” Hugo says, when asked how important a mastery of real instruments was to a modern producer. “But learning different instruments allows one to take on another voice, another character. I also joined the choir at church and to sing a given song on paper, a composition, and contribute to make the message stronger is something to appreciate.”N.E.R.D. have banded and disbanded a few times, but now they are about to embark on a major tour. Being an artist in the band instead of the producer is a role he relishes, as its liberates him to make the music most singular to his own spirit.For his most recent production, working with Justin Timberlake on his Out of The Woods album, his mission was not to express his own soul, but to enable the artist to express his soul while devising the perfect frame.But when allowed to do his own thing, he’s freed from other perspectives to honor his own. “In No-one Ever Really Dies,” he says, “we were given the freedom to set the trends.” Hugo has always been a collaborator since the start, and it’s working with others, he explained, that creates the sturdy and friendly foundation that he needs. “Making music is best as a team effort,” he said, “so I’d add elements and take out elements. To be trusted on my judgements, that took time. That’s in a mix down, and during the songwriting process.”That organic foundation still grounds every production, and always allows experimentation with the newest tools that emerge. “There’s always new technology,” he said, “and plug-ins being released. We share these technologies and implement them in production. Though we still maintain the foundation in the studio setting with the provided drum kit guitar and wind instruments.”  Being an authentic musician, Hugo knows, is all about being engaged. But as he explained, that engagement isn’t exclusive only to one’s work writing or recording a song.  To create engaged art, he said, means being engaged not only with music, but with all of life. Asked to explain his own creative process and how he maintains that dynamic connection, he pointed not towards the studio but towards being a human: “Live life to the fullest,” he said. No more words were needed or offered; it was time to get back to the music.Chad Hugo is a member of the Recording Academy and can be seen in the Academy’s We Are Music campaign.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Exclusive: Chad Hugo On Finding Freedom In Music exclusive-chad-hugo-nerd-finding-his-musical-freedom Exclusive: Chad Hugo On N.E.R.D. & Finding His Musical Freedom Facebook Twitter News Email last_img read more

Politicians call for crackdown on social media toxic swamp after mosque shooting

first_img But while Morrison did not mention the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by name, his political opponent, Labor leader Shorten, was more forthright.”A platform like Facebook goes to potential advertisers and says, ‘We know everything about the users of Facebook, we can tell you everything so that you can geo-target and you can market to them,'” Shorten wrote in an op-ed for the Herald-Sun newspaper. “Well, if that’s your business model, fair enough; but you can’t go missing when it comes to hate speech.””Social media is a marvelous tool that has the potential to empower us, but too often it resembles a toxic swamp where wrongdoers can hide and where evil is nurtured,” he added.The comments follow a terrorist attack in New Zealand on Friday, when a gunman entered a mosque in central Christchurch and shot worshipers while they prayed, livestreaming the shooting on Facebook. The attack, which also involved a second shooting at another Christchurch mosque, claimed 50 lives. The alleged attacker, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was an Australian national. New Zealand mass shooting shows tech companies can’t control viral tragedies 1.5M videos of New Zealand mosque massacre deleted by Facebook How Facebook, Twitter rely on you to stop spread of mosque shooting video Share your voice A man sits outside the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, following the mass shooting.  Marty Melville/Getty Images Facebook has been accused of “going missing” when it comes to fighting hate speech and playing an “unrestricted role” in terrorist attacks, following two mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday.The comments come from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the country’s opposition leader, Bill Shorten, who haven’t held back in criticizing the role technology companies have played in amplifying extremist views.Both politicians warn that the internet has given a home to the kind of white supremacist hate speech espoused by the alleged mosque shooter, an Australian national, saying tech companies must do more to stamp it out.In a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka, Morrison said internet technologies are playing an “unrestricted role” in the spread of extremism, and that world leaders must lay out “clear consequences” not only for those who carry out terrorist attacks, but also “for those who facilitate them.” The letter was also sent to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who has said she plans on discussing the issue “directly with Facebook.” Facebook Twitter YouTube 1 As New Zealand counts the cost of the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand history, attention has turned to the role the internet and social media played in the attack. While Facebook and Twitter deleted the alleged attacker’s social media accounts within hours of the attack, footage of the shooting spread quickly. The roughly 17-minute live clip was downloaded from Facebook and reuploaded across the internet on sites such as YouTube, with some users editing out the more graphic content in an attempt to circumvent censors.In a statement, a spokesperson for Twitter said the company was “committed to working and cooperating with governments around the world, particularly as it relates to safety and wellbeing” and that it has “rigorous and rapid response processes in place” for emergency situations.Facebook has previously said it deleted 1.5 million versions of the video within the first 24 hours of the attack. But Morrison is calling for a tougher approach to weeding out extremist content on the internet, saying technology firms have a “moral obligation to protect the communities which they serve and from which they profit.” He added that social media companies, content service providers and gaming platforms all had a part to play to keep communities safe. “We know that violent extremists use the internet for recruitment, radicalisation and to carry out their evil acts,” the prime minister’s letter reads. “That they will continue to try to use any means their disposal does not mean governments and technology firms should abrogate their responsibilities to keep our communities safe.”Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.Originally published March 18 at 5:32 p.m. PT.Update on March 18 at 9:27 p.m.: Adds comments from Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten.Update on March 19 at 4:02 p.m.: Adds comment from Twitter.  Related storiescenter_img Tags 1:23 Comment Facebook deletes 1.5M videos after shooting, Democrats… Tech Industry Internet Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

The five classic days

first_imgAnanya is organised by the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Govt of Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad and Seher. The event will open up with a power-packed Bharatnatyam performance by Spanda Dance Company led by noted danseuse Leela Samson. The second day of the festival (9 October) will witness Kolkata-based Anjika Centre for Manipuri Dance presenting Anantasakti. Choreographed by the group’s founder Priti Patel, it will present the cosmic play of the cycle of life and death. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ritualistic dances of Lai Haraoba showcase creation while Thang Ta dance form showcases the annihilation of evil. The third part enacted through Rasleela, shows the act of preservation that maintains order and also makes us realise the power of supreme force that makes everything happen around us.  Neena Prasad and her group from Thiruvananthapuram will present Krishnaarjuneeyam through Mohiniattam on 10 October. It depicts the life and times of Lord Krishna and his favourite disciple Arjuna. On 11 October, Gauri Diwakar will enthrall the audience with her Kathak performance. The festival ends with Odissi dance performance by Sujata Mohapatra and her group. It begins with Mangalacharan and ends with Pallavi, dance of pure joy.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnanya festival is also organising an interactive seminar, Pratibimb. The interactive seminar will be held for two days, 10 and 11 October at India International Centre (IIC). Each of the five dancers, choreographers will speak on the creative process behind the performance. Choreographers and dancers will hold an open discussion with the audience, which hopes to have the dancer-choreographers articulate their own thought process as they create. Where: Purana Qila When: 8 – 12 October Timing: 7 to 8.15 pm, Entry Freelast_img read more

Switching over to healthy food

first_imgWhen it comes to new trends in dining out, customers are switching over to healthy and natural food (pesticide free) more than ever. They are always on the lookout for wellness alternatives in their food. Sous Chef Prem k Pogakula, The Imperial says, “The preference this year  will be more for GMO free ingredients and as I see it, things will become more intense in the coming years. With time crunch in hand and both the partners working in  a nuclear family scenario, one pot meals are super easy, highly nutritious with adequate protein and starch content and are perfect for a quick meal. You can also call it as Urban cooking.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Food is now becoming a highly rated genre and food connoisseurs are always on the lookout for old, forgotten and classic global recipes as they possess simple and straight flavours. People prefer them over fusion cuisine (which is somehow still a matter of confusion and needs to evolve). Only experimented cuisine calls for fusion food on your palate. It can never ever replace or take over the classic cuisine,” he said.The Chef further added, “I also strongly believe that the dining scenario in the city is in for a change in the coming year. Experiments are still on but the vital aspect is that old and lost cuisines are being re-discovered. Chefs are working with emotional food along with childhood or regional memories. Your palate can be a sweet creation when you are delighted or spicy, peppery food when anger takes over you which will also see a rise.  Food memories specifically offer a magical feeling.”last_img read more