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Gemaine × Charlie Heat – No Questions

Compton singer/ songwriter Germaine and distinguished producer Charlie Heat teamed up to produce their upcoming album New Jack City, with top single “No Questions” dropping January 21. The debuting single drops with a music video, in which Gemaine’s vocal capabilities are highlighted, showcasing old-fashioned R&B ballads. The arrangement showcases simplistic production from Charlie Heat, making room for Gemaine’s diving vocals, before captivating keys and percussion swoop in.

Gemaine speaks about his inspiration for the single, stating, “I was inspired to write “No Questions” by a tweet that I saw from Issa Rae. She mentioned she was listening to Mint Condition’s “Breaking My Heart” and said she wished men today would be more like the R&B singers from the past. She was bringing attention to the fact that loving a woman used to be cool. It inspired me to make a record that had a similar energy but with a modern sound. I wrote this song to remind men that there’s nothing wrong with being soft-spoken and romantic with your girl.”

The debut of “No Questions” precedes the release of Gemaine’s Lefty EP, issued in 2020. The EP received critical acclaim by HotNewHipHopHipHopDXRated R&B, and more. With the arrival of the forthcoming collaboration album New Jack City between Gemaine and producers Ymtk and DJ Charlie Heat, we can only expect out-of-this-world work. The production affiliates operate as executive producers for the album, featuring credentials with artists Madonna, Ye, Kehlani, Lil Uzi Vert and more. The producers join forces in the project to illustrate Gemain’s creative concept with impeccable execution.

Gemaine and Charlie Heat knew that they struck gold working together on early studio sessions, shortly after deciding to team up on an artistic project. The upcoming album channels reference from old-school gangster films like edgy 1991 thriller New Jack City. Gemaine and his collaborators have generated a distinguished sound and essence for the album, producing brilliant tracks that highlight creative brotherhood stemming from the teams’ cooperative work ethic.

360 had the opportunity to chat with Gemaine about his distinctive R&B spirit, what he wants for the future of his career and how he plans on accomplishing it.

What makes you stand apart from other R&B artists?

I am genuinely moving with love, and being fearless about it. I think it’s bigger than me and my selfish needs. I love the music that inspired me and want to bridge the gap of where r&b is now and where it came from. I think my approach will do that, and I am a student of the game. If my music becomes popular, people will have to understand where it came from to do it and I’m not afraid to fail while doing so. Being a trendsetter ain’t easy but that’s what I’m striving to do. [To] create a new wave and a new appreciation to a different approach.

What can we expect from your upcoming album New Jack City?

Authentic chemistry from a group of guys who really love music, and who are not afraid to be themselves. I’m the voice to the music but the attitude and tone of the album is a collective effort

What is your goal for your career in 2022?

I would just love to be in the discussion of the “up next” artist to take over the game. I think I belong, and I know [that] if I get my foot in the door I’ll really do my thing

What is the biggest goal you aim to accomplish within your career?

Longevity and impact. Money is cool and fame is nice but having a legacy that outlives me is something I would be most proud of and strive for and what motivates everything I do. I want to be remembered. I want to be great.

About Gemaine

Compton native singer, songwriter and producer Gemaine is R&B’s up and coming star. Being initially introduced to music in church, Gemaine made his first public debut at the age of 18. In this debut, a video of him singing at a local Guitar Center went viral on TikTok, and this was when he decided to actively start pursuing music. Gemaine moved to New York City at the age of 19, where he uncovered the grit and hustle that would be needed to accomplish all his goals and dreams. Gemaine’s unique tone and modern vibe are reminiscent of artists like Al B. Sure and Bobby Brown. Gemaine takes inspiration from these artists, and aims to generate his own movement pushing for fresh R&B. What sets Gemaine apart from other mainstream artists is his sincere ambition and dedication. Gemaine is a perfectionist that places value on being enthralled in the artistic process of each of his records. His passion for R&B music paired with his impeccable ability to connect and transmit his vision through his craft make him an artist that is steadily on the rise.

Trans Rights illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Gov Noem × Anti-Trans Sports Bills

South Dakota Gov. Noem Exposes Vulnerabilities for All States Considering Anti-Trans Sports Bills

On Friday, March 19th, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued a style-and-form veto of HB 1217, the anti-transgender sports ban bill that she had previously expressed excitement about signing. Having made several substantive changes to the legislation, including striking collegiate-level provisions from the bill, it will now be sent back to the legislature. This backtrack, by even an extreme governor with national political aspirations, exposes the economic, legal, and reputational threats these bills pose to states considering anti-transgender legislation and has sparked an uproar amongst conservative groups who see Governor Noem playing politics and trying to have it both ways. 

Gov. Noem’s winding path from “excited to sign” to a veto

Today, Noem held a press conference standing alongside known anti-LGBTQ extremists to justify her veto

  • Today in a press conference, Governor Noem announced the creation of a coalition to “Defend Title IX Now” which appears to be a national list-building exercise by Noem, with a website created yesterday by someone in Ohio (coincidentally, Governor Noem’s campaign website was created by Ohio political consultants The Aventine Group). This website’s “paid for by” disclaimer refers to a committee that is not yet registered with the Federal Election Commission or the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office.
  • When asked in today’s press conference why she was pressing a ban on transgender student athletes when there are no transgender players currently competing in secondary school sports in South Dakota, Gov. Noem replied “it’s an issue because people are talking about it and for the future.”
  • Among the speakers in today’s press conference was former NFL player Jack Brewer who, in March of 2020, said that he opposed President Barack Obama for “normaliz[ing] the black gay culture.”
  • Noem said of HB 1217, that it was a “trial lawyer’s dream” that would open the state to litigation in its current form and expressed concern for NCAA repercussions, saying “if we’re going beyond [K-12] to the collegiate level…just know that we could face retaliation — it’s more than likely, and at that point, we would have to sue, which is a cost to the taxpayers.” 

From praise to condemnation from anti-equality extremist groups

  • When announcing her support for signing the legislation, Noem quote-tweeted the American Principles Project.
  • But only weeks later, American Principles Project shared their condemnation of Governor Noem’s style-and-form veto of HB 1217, saying that she “[broke] her word,” “[froze] out advocates of HB 1217 and instead [took] advice from the bill’s most vocal critics,” and that “[b]y standing with Joe Biden and the radical left against protecting women’s sports, Noem has irreparably damaged her standing with both her own constituents as well as Americans nationally… This betrayal will have political consequences.”
  • The Alliance Defending Freedom, a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group, went from support to condemnation as well, saying in a statement that Governor Noem “abuse[d]” her veto power to “cave to ‘woke’ corporate ideology.” They similarly called Noem’s actions a “betrayal” and characterized today’s press conference as damage control to rehabilitate her “credibility and political image.”
  • In reaction to today’s press conference, Sean Davis, co-founder of the conservative publication The Federalist tweeted: “Stop making excuses and insulting everyone’s intelligence and sign the bill already. This is embarrassing.”

Five Steps for Prevention from Watson Institute Experts

The Majority of Children with Autism Are Bullied—Do You Know How to Help?

Children with autism face unique social and education challenges that require attentive support. 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism. Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Autism spectrum disorder encompasses a wide range of challenges with repetitive behaviors as well as social and communication skills.

For students with Autism, school can be daunting, as they are faced with social interactions and not feeling accepted. Coupled with that, children with Autism are at higher risk for being victimized or bullied by peers. Nearly two-thirds of children with autism between the ages of 6 and 15 have been bullied—over twice the rate of children without autism. 65% of parents report that their child had been victimized and 50% report being scared by their peers (Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing (2009)).  

These pressures can lead to refusal to attend school, anxiety or depression, and an overall decline in academic performance. This is borne out in the high school graduation rates for students with disabilities, which is only 67.1% (U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics), compared to an overall 84% graduation rate.

Clinical experts from the Watson Institute have five tips on combating bullying among all students, especially those with autism:

  1. Highlight individual strengths. Parents and teachers can be proactive by teaching children that it’s natural to expect others to be just like us, but the things that make us different are often the very things that make us special. Make a habit of complimenting students on their strengths—including in front of their peers.
  2. Widen perspectives. Teaching children to see things from more than one perspective is a key part of developing empathy. Help children connect beyond surface circumstances to underlying emotions. If a child makes fun of a student for not being good at something, ask them to reflect on something that is hard for them.
  3. Praise kindness. Children risk being teased or bullied themselves when they reach out to a student who is being bullied. It takes courage for students to act. Turn this perceived liability into an asset by applauding acts of kindness. This can be done individually, (“I saw how you stood up for Kyle and I’m really proud of you.”) and corporately, through public recognition or incentive programs.
  4. Get involved. If a bullying situation has developed, adult intervention is usually required. Leaving students to “work it out themselves” will often exacerbate or prolong a negative situation. Involve students and parents in addressing the situation. Approach the conversation with a problem-solving, not a punitive attitude.
  5. Provide support. Children can feel a range of emotions—from fear to shame and many more—when they’ve been the victim of bullying. Don’t assume because a child is no longer actively being bullied, that the situation is resolved. Make space for them to talk about their feelings and provide any additional support they need.

ABOUT THE WATSON INSTITUTE

The Watson Institute is organization providing special education programming as well as outpatient mental health services such as social skills groups, therapy, and evaluations for children ages 3 to 21.  www.thewatsoninstitute.org.

Prolight x Sound Guangzhou 2019

As the curtain fell on Prolight + Sound Guangzhou 2019 (PLSG), show organisers announced a new record of 1,353 exhibitors who flocked to the annual event from 25 countries and regions, along with 81,154 professional visitors (7% up) from the entire professional lighting, audio, event management, stage design, system integration and AV technology industry chain. Combined with an overall exhibition area of over 130,000 sqm, this marks the largest ever edition of PLSG to date.

Ms Judy Cheung, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, is delighted with the turnout this year: “PLSG is committed to supporting the industry’s development by offering a first-class business and information exchange platform for the entertainment sector. We wanted our exhibitor showcase and fringe events to cover every corner of the industry’s needs, and to echo the growing trends in media technologies and system integration. We’re proud to be able to capture so many opportunities all under one roof.”

Much to the delight of participants, many key pro audio and lighting brands could be found across all of the halls this year, including Adamson, AKG, Antari, APG, Art Sound, Asystems, Audinate, Audio-technica, Beta Three, Beyma, BIK, BMB, Boray, Bosch, Bose, Broad Future, Celestion, Charming, DAS, Colour Imagination, CD-Stage, d&b Audiotechnik, db Technologies, DMT, Eagle, EM Acoustics, Ezpro, Faitalpro, Fane, FBT, Fidek, Fine Art, Funktion-one, Gonsin, Haimei, Harman International, Hivi, HTDZ, IAG, ITC, Klotz, Konig & Meyer, Kvant, Laserworld, Lavoce, Lewitt, Longjoin, Mascot, Meyer Sound, Mipro, Mode, Montarbo, Nan Yi, Nexo, Nightsun, Pangolin, PCI, Phoenix, Plustruss, Polarlights, QSC, Rainbow, RCF, Redx, Ruisheng, SAE, SE Audiotechnik, Sennheiser, Seikaku, Showven, Shure, Soundking, ST Audio, Star-net, SWS, Taiden, Takstar, Tendzone, Thunderstone, TOA, Top Plot, TW Audio, Viashow, Vue Audiotechnik, Yamaha, Yes-tech and more.

The success of the fair and its increased global brand representation were clearly reflected on the show floor. The event served as an opportunity for brands to showcase their latest innovations to the region for the first time in 2019, many of which have been specifically catered to the Chinese market. The show’s display areas were presented under a new arrangement this year too, with the ‘Media Systems and Solutions’ and ‘Communication and Conference’ halls under the show’s Audio Brand Name halls receiving high praise.

The event’s popularity this year can be attributed to its extensive cooperation with local and overseas industry associations, leading companies and professional media. Each contributed by inviting a number of high quality buyer groups and organising well-attended fringe events. A total of 11 domestic and international visitor groups attended the fair, and local industry media HC360 hosted a product presentation for over 1,000 professional buyers. Elsewhere, increased internationalism was also reflected in the show’s premium buyer groups, some of which came from the China Association of Recording Engineers, the Guangdong Association of Stage Art, the Zhejiang Province Stage and Audio Institute and Entertainment Equipment Industry Technology Association (EEITA) from Taiwan.

In terms of the PLSG fringe programme this year, both attendees and speakers emphasised how each event offered valuable information exchange, networking and educational and training opportunities which added an extra dimension to the show’s offerings. Digital audio networks in particular were heavily discussed, including through a sold out panel discussion on AVIT and how artificial intelligence (AI) solutions can influence the market, as well as the returning Dante Certification courses. Elsewhere, one of the most popular concurrent activities was the series of four Outdoor Line Arrays, which welcomed 41 international and domestic brands and a double-string display, which was ever-busy thanks to the favourable weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the first interactive multimedia display in PLSG, the Lighting and Art Space, was extremely well attended with lots of professional visitors and industry new force across the entertainment, media creative and stage design sectors. The area was established to showcase new media technologies associated with 3D mapping, stage machinery, lighting installation, new media art, stage tech innovations and more. Developed in cooperation with Chinese media giant Visual Jockey, the area featured a total of 18 professional visual and display companies and brands, including Epson, Hecoos, Music Trick Lighting, X Color and more demonstrating their latest projection and display systems, and was bustling with intrigued visitors throughout the show.

Participants admire comprehensive coverage across each sector

Mr Hai Xiang, Area Manager, Beijing Tricolor Technology Co Ltd

(Communication and Conference Hall Exhibitor)

“Right now, the key digitalisation trends of the media systems industry involve more intelligent technology, more AI, and more integrated management systems, which all can be seen here at PLSG. We’re promoting our ‘Apollo’ and ‘CrossMedia’ audio and visual monitoring systems in the Communication and Conference Hall of PLSG, which can be applied for security surveillance. The show has such a strong influence in the industry and every year, there are more exhibitors joining which is testament to the organisers. It also helps us learn from our industry peers to continue improving and developing our products in line with the trends.”

Ms May Song, Vice President, Beijing Oriental Prime Connections Film/TV Technology Co Ltd

(Media Systems and Solutions Hall Exhibitor)

“This year is the 20th anniversary for our company, and we chose to host a press conference on the first day of PLSG because it’s such an influential show associated with our field of work. We’re also here to showcase some of our audio products which have been used in the Olympic Games and at a number of national conferences. The high visitor flow is a huge benefit for us, because a lot of quality buyers have been interested in visiting our booth, including from China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam and Korea. The show acts as a bridge between us and new business opportunities, because clients can discover us for the first time and we can interact with them face-to-face. It also helps us better understand customers’ demands to produce better products.”

Mr Allen Tan, Product Marketing Manager, Bosch (Shanghai) Security Systems Ltd

(Media Systems and Solutions Hall Exhibitor)

“The PLSG show is very influential, has a huge scale, and is the first major exhibition after the Chinese New Year, which helps gather a lot of buyers from both China and overseas. This also makes the show very suitable for us to launch new products and technologies, and showcase the strength of our brand to the right audience. All in all, we’ve met a lot of potential clients already, and the results are very exciting for us.”

Ms Julie Zhu, Vice President of China Region, Kvant Ltd

(Lighting Hall Exhibitor)

“Kvant has exhibited at PLSG for 10 years and manufactures laser display systems. The entertainment industry in China is growing robustly and has huge potential, and even some of the tourist spots here are demanding these kinds of advanced audio and visual technologies for creative performances. The fair always provides us a good chance to further promote our brand and showcase our advanced laser lighting products to buyers. It is one of the most important platforms for us to better understand the Chinese market trends.”

Mr Yosef Levy, Owner, RST Audio Equipment Ltd

(Overseas Buyer)

“I’m here at the show to source new audio equipment and technology from the Asian market, so I can develop my own business in Tel Aviv, Israel. I’ve noticed there are a lot of brands here who are working on integrated solutions and providing systems of international quality. It’s also been very busy, which means there are a lot of opportunities for me to chat with industry peers from all around the world, as well as many domestic and international audio brands. I’d like to follow up my time at the show by placing some orders, and I may meet with my new contacts again at the Shanghai show later this year.”

Mr Eli Wu, System Designer, Shenzhen Ezpro Sound and Light Technology Co Ltd

(Chinese Buyer)

“This is my fourth time to visit PLSG and I’m looking for some audio and lighting related solutions for my company. The fair accommodates both large and small scale exhibitors from local and overseas, and allows visitors to find a wide range of products. It definitely caters to buyers’ needs comprehensively. I’ve met lots of high quality suppliers at the fair, and their products are useful and provide a perfect user experience at the same time. The fair not only allows us to learn the industry latest trends through its well-rounded fringe programme events, but also acts as an important meeting point for the industry.”

Mr Kane Zhang, Senior Application Engineer, Biamp Systems

(Fringe Speaker)

“This is my first time to PLSG, where I’m hosting a session on AVB and also a panel discussion on AVIT. The content and details for these kinds of fringe events offer a face-to-face element and a more intimate setting for people to voice out their thoughts to learn from one another. Only through these platforms can we tap into future technologies and continue developing our industry. To me, PLSG is a huge show with lots of industry experts coming together, which has allowed it to grow into such a good platform to match our industry goals.”

Mr Kevin Gu, Vice President, Shanghai Epean Exhibition Creative Development Co Ltd

(Lighting and Art Space Attendee)

“The new Lighting and Art Space offers a very comprehensive coverage of reflected technology for sound and lighting electronic innovations in an exciting way. The light show for the miniature St Paul’s Cathedral replica is particularly impressive. Nowadays, visitors are looking for more ways to interact with hands-on exhibits, and I believe some of the technologies shown in this space will be part of the industry’s biggest trends in the future, as they can be widely applied to many cultural and creative events such as in art exhibitions and museums. It will help different kinds of innovations become a reality, and makes the experience more fun.”

The 2020 edition of Prolight + Sound Guangzhou will be held from 19 – 22 February 2020 at Area A and B of the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, China. Prolight + Sound Guangzhou is organised by Messe Frankfurt and the Guangdong International Science and Technology Exhibition Company (STE). For more details about the show, visit www.prolightsound-guangzhou.com.

Other shows under the Prolight + Sound brand include:

Prolight + Sound

2 – 5 April 2019, Frankfurt

Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia

12 – 14 September 2019, Moscow

Prolight + Sound Shanghai

10 – 13 October 2019, Shanghai

Prolight + Sound Middle East

15 – 17 October 2019, Dubai

Ryan Adams’s New Music Video

Today, Ryan Adams shared “Fuck The Rain,” the lead single from Big Colors, which is the first of three albums he will release in 2019. 

Download / stream the track, which features a guitar solo by John Mayer, HERE.

Ryan Adams said, “Check out this song it’s cool. Or don’t: We all might die. Trump is President. I love you, sincerely Ryan Adams.”

Adams will embark on a tour of the U.K. and Ireland on March 31 at Dublin’s historic Olympia Theatre. He has partnered with CID Entertainment to offer Fan Experiences that grant access to Ryan’s Pinball Lair pre-show experience and premium seating during the show. The pre-show experience will feature a variety of pinball games, a private bar, and a specially curated Ryan Adams gallery. Ryan Adams Fan Experiences are available with the ticket pre-sale, which launched earlier today. For additional information, visit http://www.cidentertainment.com/events/ryan-adams-tour/. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 25, at 9:00 AM. See below for itinerary.

Now available for pre-order HERE.

Big Colors will be released on April 19 via a partnership between Adams PAX-AM label and Blue Note Records. Fans who pre-order Big Colors in digital form will instantly receive “Fuck The Rain.” The album is also available for pre-order in limited edition vinyl and CD formats at Adams store and can be bundled with the exclusive 7” single, “Anybody Evil.”

Adams, who has been hailed as “one of the most elegant singer-songwriters of his generation, by The New York Times, co-produced the album with Beatriz Artola. John Mayer, Bob Mould, Benmont Tench, Don Was and The Section Quartet are featured on Big Colors, which was recorded at Electric Lady, Capitol Studios and Adams’ own PAX-AM.

Big Colors has won praise from those who received early copies of the album. Robert Costa, The Washington Posts National Political Reporter, observed, :It reminds me of early 90s Petty, veering from soaring rockers to wistful songs that you could imagine Adams busking on a street in L.A.” Kristin Davis (Sex and the City) said, “Big Colors is a kaleidoscope of feelings and moods. My favorite song on continuous loop is (expletive) the Rain, love it so much.” Writer-director-actor Judd Apatow observed, “I am excited to binge Ryan Adams. Big Colors is the first album and it is indeed big and colorful, at times super fun and rocking, at other times more emotional and thoughtful but all with a sound that feels both modern and stripped from the jangles of my youth in the 80’s.”

Jillian Jacqueline, who has opened for Adams, pronounced it “full of beautiful and painful truths.” Ted Allen (“Chopped”) said it’s “GREAT, beginning to end. Plaintive & pretty one minute, ferocious and shredding the next and always hooky/jangly. Dreamy poetry, too.” Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld,”The Ides of March) noted, “Once again @The RyanAdams deals up comforting melancholy, like a rainy day, and curve balls left and right that got my blood pumping.”

Big Colors follows Adams’ 2017 album, Prisoner, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboards Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums charts.

Track Listing: Big Colors

1. Big Colors

2. Do Not Disturb

3. It’s So Quiet, It’s Loud

4. Fuck The Rain

5. Doylestown Girl

6. Dreaming You Backwards

7. I Surrender

8. What Am I

9. Power

10. Showtime

11. In It For The Pleasure

12. Middle Of The Line

13. I’m Sorry And I Love You

14. Manchester

15. Summer Rain