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Becky Hill The Art of Rave

Becky Hill – The Art of Rave

With her new single ‘Heaven On My Mind’ currently climbing high in the UK Official Charts Top 40, hitmaking singer-songwriter Becky Hill releases the second episode of her podcast, The Art of Rave. Over the course of the series, Becky discussed rave culture with some of its legendary pioneers, including DJ Zinc, Roni Size, Pete Tong, Sister Bliss, Groove Armada, Fabio & Grooverider and more.

In episode two of The Art of Rave Becky and Andy C cover a wide range of topics including Andy’s first rave experience (courtesy of his sister), the effect of technology on the “classic” and “happy accidents” in the studio, how a passion for sci-fi (and a disinterest in studying at school) shaped Andy’s early days of making music, setting up RAM records, legendary club nights AWOL and Movement, pirate radio, cutting dubs at Music House, and how the rave scene is in a better place than it’s ever been.

As with all Becky’s guests on The Art of Rave, Andy C brings along three records that mean or say something to him, whether that’s because they’re by an artist that influenced him, remind him of a specific place or time, or feature a beat that defined his sound. These records are: ‘Know How’ by Young MC, ‘Valley Of The Shadows’ by Origin Unknown, and ‘LFO’ by LFO.

Meanwhile, Becky selects the Andy C (& Shimon) record that exemplifies why she handpicked him as a guest for the series: ‘Bodyrock’, which Andy remembers playing for the first time at Movement at Bar Rumba after a drum n bass awards show.

While Becky Hill has an irrefutable aptitude for writing chart smashing pop music, her roots are firmly ensconced in electronic music. The Art of Rave provides the perfect platform for Becky to delve deep into the dance music scene she is so passionate about.

Episode 2 of Becky Hill’s The Art of Rave podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, the Acast app, Spotify, and all other podcast platforms today HERE.

EXCERPTS FROM EPISODE 2 OF THE ART OF RAVE

On how Becky & Andy C first met

Becky: “The first time I met you was in some dodgy little cabin at the back of Global Gathering. I managed to sneak my way into your dressing room, and I started gushing about how much of a fan I was of yours and I just saw this look on your face go: ‘How did she get here? Who, did she show her boobs to the security guard?’ I was actually touring with Rudimental at the time and I decided to go ‘Oh I’m the girl that did Afterglow’ and everything changed…”

Andy C: “It all fell into place. And that kind of blew my mind that moment, having played that tune one thousand times by then and being amazed by the vocal and that tune. I thought it was incredible.”

On Andy C’s first rave experience and where his musical journey began

Andy C: “My sister’s five years older, and she was going out to all the early raves like Sunrise and Fantasia. I just wanted to be part of her gang… I was nicking mixtapes off her and drawing acid faces and all that… And she took me and my best mate James to an illegal rave in a barn in Essex, which was billed as an engagement party, but it was actually a rave. I was thirteen, and that was the first time I had any kind of experience of a rave. It was exciting, it weren’t that full, but it was a dusty barn with a few lights and some DJs playing.”

Andy C: “I was obsessed with Shut Up and Dance, listening to Pirate Radio… I’d be getting up for school and I’d be listening to Pirate Radio. At lunchtime, I’d have it on my Walkman. If anyone wants to know what a Walkman is, you can google it!”

Becky: “I had one once!”

Andy C: “I was very focused on wanting to be in music and I used to do my mates’ mixtapes. I used to stay up all night DJing, doing mixes at home and used to bring in mixtapes to school and that was my currency at school – sorting out people [with] mixtapes and stuff.”

Andy C on getting together and working with Ant Miles

Andy C: “Ant was a friend of the family, me and my Dad… One day he comes round and he listens to me doing these crazy [things]. I’d sampled three million beats, and basically had them all playing at the same time, chopped up in different ways… He had a studio set up and [said] ‘do you wanna come round? l I’ll come and pick you up and we can just jam and see what happens’… We just hit it off, you know. Loved hanging out. We had a great, likewise passion for like Sci-Fi and geekiness and used to watch Star Trek. Ants a big Treky. So we’d have that on, and we started making these tunes and sampling crazy stuff.”

Andy C on starting RAM Records

Andy C: “I’m 16, just done my exams at school, I think, (I can’t remember doing them). I didn’t pick up the results, my best mate James actually picked up the exam results for me, (bless him). I think he’s still got them. [My sister] was like, ‘why don’t you start a record label?’ and I was like, ‘what do you mean start a record label? How do you do that? What shall we call it?’ So, we were having dinner and we were thinking up all these silly names and she was like ‘well you know you’re an Aries’. And that’s where the name RAM comes from… And she sat down with a felt-tip pen and hand-drew the logo at the dinner table.”

Andy C on the making of Origin Unknown ‘Valley of the Shadows’ and that ‘Long Dark Tunnel’ sample

Andy C: “[Ant and I] just had this magical four or five hours in the studio one night when I was 16 and that’s where ‘Valley of the Shadows’ came from… The lights are off in the studio, Ant’s dancing around by the drinks machine he had in the studio, and the font it had that spelt out ‘drinks’ became the Origin Unknown font and [the name] Origin Unknown actually comes from a line from 2001 Space Odyssey, because we’re Sci-Fi geeks.”

Andy C: “[‘Long Dark Tunnel’] was sampled from a BBC documentary called QED about near-death experiences [which featured a] lady who actually had a near-death experience, you know when you’re going down a tunnel, in childbirth. Her name’s Barbara. Fortunately, she survived. As did the child… And years later, ‘Valley of the Shadows’ was getting played on Kiss I think, and we got a letter to RAM. I can’t remember exactly what it said, but it was something like ‘you don’t know me, but I heard your song on Kiss FM the other week and that lady’s voice is my Mum’s voice.'”

Becky: “Was the person messaging you the child that survived?”

Andy C: “I think possibly, yeah. Amazing. Like no way. So, we ended up getting in contact with Barbara”

Becky: “Was she due any PRS?”

Andy C: “Yeah, absolutely!”

On how technological advances have affected production

Becky: “Producing sounds a lot harder back in the day than it does now”

Andy C: “And out of that, because it was more difficult, mistakes happened, you didn’t quite understand how it happened, but it just sounded cool.”

Becky: “Right, so happy accidents?”

Andy C: “Today you get very analytical about it. So, you sometimes analyse those accidents and you don’t go with them, because in the technical understanding it’s not right.”

On cutting dubs at Music House

Andy C: “[Music House on] Holloway Road was where we went to cut our dubs. So the DJs would get in the queue and [it was] first come first served, unless Jah Shaka turned up and he was having a Soundsystem battle, in which case you were straight to the back of the queue and he’d be cutting 3 million dubs and you’d probably wait two weeks… It was kind of a hierarchical system. There were the dons, (Rider, Fabio, Frost), and naturally there’d be a sort of eco system where you’d sort of think “I thought I was third in the queue and now I’m sixth.” But it was all good. We’d just go for food runs and go get everybody food and drink and stuff. It was cool. What a community. You could turn up there at midday and still be there at one in the morning, but all you’d be generally talking about was music, tunes, raves, what’s coming up and all the DJs.”

On music discovery, then and now, and how that has affected the “classic”

Andy C: “[There used to be] the buzz of hearing a tune on Pirate Radio, [when] they didn’t say what it was and you’re dialling the studio [to] be like ‘what was that tune you just played three tunes ago?’, or recording it on your TDK tape machine and wearing that tape to the ground now. The difference is, we could be sitting here now and I could be like ‘do you remember this tune from 1994?’ and you’d be like ‘what?’ and I’d be like ‘boom, YouTube.’ It just exists. Is that worse? I don’t know. Is it better? Does it accelerate music faster? Does it mean it’s more throwaway? Possibly, because of the nature of this, it’s harder for classics to take hold. Because of the fast turnaround of music these days, a few potential classics haven’t become ‘classics’ because they haven’t been given the chance to breathe and grow and naturally [and] lay down their foundations. Whereas, back in the day, tunes would have to exits for 6 to 12 or 18 months before they was even obtainable. So, they became classics by the sheer nature of that.”

On how raving has changed for the better, Glastonbury and drum n bass today

Andy C: “Rave has changed massively, because now the access to it is so much easier. More organised choices. You wanna go to an overseas festival, well you’ve got multiple [choices]. You can pick and choose, you can try one every year. That’s a beautiful thing… So even though raving has changed in a big, big way… I think that raving is the best it’s ever been. I think that now people purposely organise stuff that’s a bit more grimy, so you can have that experience. We’ve all got Glastonbury, if we wanna get grimy, it’s right there for us and the British weather will provide it… We’ve also got the small grimy clubs… Drum n bass is so healthy right now with the influx of new producers.”

Becky: “Yeah. You’ve got this whole thing about horns now, in drum and bass rollers…”

Andy C: “That is where the real shit’s born and that’s where the next generation and the next decade will carry forward… I honestly think I see people having fun in so many different places, whether it be at the gigs I’m playing at, or whether it be that I come across stuff on Instagram, which looks fantastic, ‘cause I vibe off of that as well.”

Becky: “That’s amazing! I don’t feel like I’ve missed out anymore. I feel like I can go to raves now and live the best rave life that there has ever been.”

About Becky Hill

Renowned for her show-stopping vocal prowess and her credentials as a hitmaking songwriter, 25-year-old Becky Hill is one of Britain’s most in-demand musical exports of the moment.

Following a killer 2019 with the release of three hits – including ‘I Could Get Used to This’ (with Weiss), and ‘Lose Control’ (with Meduza and Goodboys) – Becky Hill closed the year as the 2nd most listened to British female artist on Spotify in the UK.

Becky has not only notched up over 1.5 billion streams but also 18 million monthly Spotify listeners. She has an impressive string of hits to her name, having written and performed on nine singles which charted in the top 40 of the UK official singles chart, including the recently released ‘Better Off Without You’ (which spent 5 weeks in the Top 20 of the UK Official Singles chart), the chart-toping, number 1, (‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ with Oliver Heldens) and two top 10 singles (‘Wish You Well’ with Sigala and ‘Afterglow’ with Wilkinson).

Over and above this, she has collaborated with the likes of Rudimental, Matoma, Lil Simz, and more, while her songwriting skills have been enlisted by artists ranging from MK, Tiesto, Jax Jones, and Martin Solveig through to MNEK and Little Mix.

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6 Ways to Improve PC Performance

There is no getting away from slower computer performance over time. Technology is autonomous so you have to take care of your hardware and software if you like to expand their lifetime. We’ve all experienced slow loading speed and glitches on computers once they get clogged up by different things over time.

Fortunately, there are different methods to clean up all the things that affect your computer performance. However, if you like to keep everything running smoothly, you must do proper maintenance constantly.

In this article, we will go through some of the ways to improve PC performance so you would not need an upgrade.


1. Uninstall Unnecessary Applications

Most of us usually install some application that we need at the time and forget about it when we don’t even use it. These unnecessary applications are called bloatware by their technical term and they are considered to be useless things that eat up system resources, especially when you have start-up applications. It is very important to clean all the unused items that you can find in your computer.


2. Lower the Number of Startup programs


Usually, when your computer takes too much time to boot up, it means that it’s facing trouble by having so many different programs to start at the beginning. All of these programs will also run in the background of your PC and slow down your performance.


You have to open Task Manager and see which programs are eating most of your RAM memory. It is important to keep only essential programs on your startup menu and remove all others.


3. Check for Viruses


Viruses are the main problem in every computer and with today’s wide selection of unsafe websites that we visit you can easily get your computer infected. Even though Windows Defender does a good job protecting your PC from malware, you still have to install software that will keep your PC protected at all times. You should be careful choosing the right anti-virus software just because some of them can take too much space and memory from your RAM in order to run, which will only slow your computer even more. The best way is to create schedule scans and remove all the threats.


4. Disk Cleanup and Defragment


Disk cleanup is the best way to find any unnecessary files in your PC that you haven’t used for a while. It will free up drive space making your computer running smoothly. On the other hand, disk defragment is keeping your drives healthy by removing any gaps from deleted applications on the drive. You can also schedule disk to defragment on weekly basis so you would not have to worry about that.


5. Check your web browser


If the internet content such as websites, pictures or videos is loading slowly, you might take a look at your browser. Some browsers can slow your PC or create some lag, so make sure you are using a reliable internet browser. Also, you must check if your cache is cleaned, just because storing cache for a long time can also slow down your computer.


6. Consider an upgrade


If you successfully completed all the tasks that are mentioned above, then you should consider a small upgrade that will affect PC performance.

Usually, when it is speed in question you might consider two things:


• Upgrading your RAM


• Using startup SSD


RAM plays a big role in every computer’s performance. By upgrading your RAM memory your PC can be able to run more applications at the same time.

However, upgrading RAM memory on regular laptops is a very hard process and almost impossible, so you have to settle with the thing that came in the box. On the other hand, upgrading RAM on desktop is very easy and cheap process that you can do it yourself, but just make sure you have an extra slot in your motherboard.


If you are using a startup SSD your computer should boot up at incredible speed. This solid-state drive (SSD) is taking the pressure of the processors for faster boot time. This is a very powerful drive that can process everything at much greater speed. Since they are expensive, people buy small size 128GB units that should be enough only for the operating system. The rest of the files are stored on normal hard drive.


These are some of the ways where you can improve your PC performance. It is important that you keep everything organized and cleaned constantly, just so you avoid clogging up your computer to a point where is not fixable and keep it running as fast as a winning horse on the Breeders cup race.

Ram Heavy Duty / Jeep Gladiator

Jeep and Ram brands both set full-year records in 2018 with sales up 17% and 7%, respectively. Both brands are poised to continue that momentum with the the return of a truck to Jeep’s lineup and the latest Ram HD that has once again set the benchmark for performance, capability, technology and luxury. 

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. Driving it all, a never-before-seen torque rating of 1000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel engine. The new Ram Heavy Duty also sets benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation and technology extending well past any competitive offerings. Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups steps forward with the full force of modern capability.

     The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator – the most capable midsize truck ever – builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine

The all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with eTorque technology is rated a best-in-class 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine’s torque output surpasses that of the V-6 engine offered in Wrangler. An all-new eTorque system improves fuel economy, launch performance and driver comfort during start/stop operations.

The eTorque system’s hybrid functions include auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging and regenerative braking. Both the engine and fuel flow may be turned off during stops, coasting or when the engine is decelerating.

The all-new 2.0-liter I-4 engine features a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger with an electronically actuated waste gate for exceptional responsiveness and performance, even while traversing over difficult terrain. The turbo is mounted directly to the cylinder head to improve durability. A dedicated cooling circuit lowers the temperature of the intake air, throttle body and turbocharger.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is part of the Global Medium Engine architecture family and features Double Over Head Camshafts (DOHC), dual independent camshaft timing and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (C-EGR) system. This is the first time that the combined use of a twin-scroll turbocharger, C-EGR system, Central Direct Injection and the independent liquid cooling intake of air, throttle body and turbo have been employed together. This combination of technologies enables the high levels of performance and reduces fuel consumption.  

Direct injection, coupled with turbocharging, enables more efficient combustion and increased performance. The 2.0-liter I-4 engine’s fuel pump supplies the engine’s 2,900-psi high-pressure common-rail injection system. These high pressures produce better fuel atomization and allow for more precise fuel delivery than port fuel-injected systems, which in turn improves both performance and efficiency.

A variable displacement two-stage oil pump provides high oil pressure under high speed and load, but switches to a low-pressure mode for improved fuel economy during typical driving conditions. The piston cooling jet operation is managed by the two-stage oil pump to enhance fuel economy under normal driving conditions while improving durability under demanding, high-load engine operation. A large capacity oil cooler extends the oil change interval and ensures engine durability.

The cast aluminum alloy cylinder head features a central injector and high tumble intake ports. This combination provides increased charge motion and balanced airflow for improved fuel efficiency and performance. Cast-aluminum pistons with a 10:1 compression ratio have four valve pockets to accommodate the dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) system. Each cylinder bore is fitted with gallery-mounted piston oil squirters to limit piston temperatures, reduce spark knock and increase piston durability.  

The 2.0-liter I-4 engine features a low-pressure, sand cast-aluminum block with cast-in iron liners. The bore diameter is 84 mm and the stroke is 90 mm. Total displacement is 1,995 cc.

A water-cooled, integrated exhaust manifold helps reduce turbo inlet temperatures while providing increased engine reliability.

An inverted tooth primary chain drives both the intake and exhaust camshafts and minimizes noise. Camshafts are robotically assembled using hollow shafts and have polished cam journals to reduce weight and improve durability for start-stop engine operation. The use of hollow shafts provides a 3.5 lbs. weight reduction when compared to an equivalent solid shaft.  

Select-fit main and rod bearings enable reduced clearances to help lower system oil demand and oil pumping effort. In addition, floating piston pins utilize Diamond Like Coating (DLC) for reduced friction.

The ignition system includes a high-energy ignition coil for better fuel efficiency and precious-metal spark plugs with iridium and platinum provide lasting durability. Located in the center of the cam cover, the spark plugs are easily accessible when service is required. Sodium-filled exhaust valves and plasma-coated piston rings also help extend the engine’s life and bolster durability.

TRUCK NIGHT IN AMERICA

50 CONTESTANTS TAKE ON THE TOUGHEST TRUCK OBSTACLE COURSE EVER BUILT IN HISTORY®’S NEW NONFICTION COMPETITION SERIES ‘TRUCK NIGHT IN AMERICA’ PREMIERING ON THURSDAY, MARCH 8 AT 10PM ET/PT

SCREENERS AND PROMO NOW AVAILABLE

It’s truck versus terrain, as 50 truck owners from across the United States compete in grueling challenges that test their ingenuity and driving ability in HISTORY’s new ten episode nonfiction competition series, “Truck Night in America” premiering on Thursday, March 8 at 10PM ET/PT. With the assistance of four experts, owners will compete for the chance to drive the toughest, most arduous truck obstacle course ever built, and drive away with $10,000 prize.

“Trucks have a true place in American history, both past and present, and as the most widely sold vehicle with 133 million currently on U.S. roads there is an appetite for this genre of programing,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President of Programming, HISTORY. “Since 1925 when the first American factory- produced truck rolled off the line, owners have been devising ingenious ways to make them faster, stronger and better and this can be seen with the tough competitors in our new series.”

Each episode of this self-contained competition series features five drivers in their personal customized trucks and jeeps going head to head in three challenges, each testing a different vehicle attribute: speed, strength and handling. Between each challenge competitors demonstrate their craftsmanship by re- engineering their trucks for the next round. The last two finalists standing then take on a three-mile, truck killing obstacle course known as “The Green Hell,” which challenges trucks and drivers to fly off jumps, climb a mountain of crushed cars, and tear through a snake-infested swamp. Five trucks will enter to compete, but only one can win and take home the prize money and the title of “Truck Night Champion.”

Helping the competitors are four expert coaches: desert racing champion and truck builder, “Pistol” Pete Sohren; extreme sports pioneer and dirt track racer, Glen Plake; truck builder and master fabricator, Abe Wine and rock crawling champion and master fabricator, Rob “Bender” Park. These four experts offer tough love and their professional perspective on each contender’s strategy and performance.

“Truck Night In America” is produced for HISTORY by 51 Minds. Christian Sarabia and James Patrick Costello II are executive producers for 51 Minds. Bert Klasey, Mike Stiller, Dolores Gavin and Mary Donahue are the executive producers for HISTORY.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for “Truck Night In America.”

About HISTORY®

HISTORY®, now reaching more than 96 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network’s all-original programming slate features a roster of signature series including The Curse of Oak Island, Forged in Fire, Alone, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, as well as the hit drama series Vikings and

SIX. The HISTORY website is located at history.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/history and Facebook at facebook.com/history. For more press information and photography, please visit us at http://press.aenetworks.com

Automotive Video Association Top Finalists

(Courtesy of Instagram— Mercedes-AMG)


THE AUTOMOTIVE VIDEO ASSOCIATION (AVA) ANNOUNCES TOP FINALISTS FOR THE AVA AWARDS – APPROPRIATELY TITLED: “THE MOUNTAIN RUN”



— Performance is the Theme for 2017 with 12 Vehicles Making the List —




The Automotive Video Association (AVA), which represents nearly 500 million unique viewers per year, today announced the list of finalists for the first-ever AVA Awards. The AVA award program will be hosted Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, and held at the Resort of the Mountain in Welches, Oregon. Titled “The Mountain Run,” the AVA selected High Performance as the vehicle category for 2017 pitting some of the world’s most incredible cars and SUV’s up against one another in an all-out battle for driving supremacy. The Finalists are:
Performance Car

 
Performance SUV

 
Awards competition programs are serious business in the auto industry and the AVA has developed a program that both tests out the cars capabilities, but also sets a tone of having fun while doing it. Consumers in the market place do care about horsepower numbers, but they also car about how a car will function as a daily driver. They care about how the Bluetooth works and whether the adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning actually help the driver operate the vehicle. The AVA Award program sets out to showcase all that is great about these top finalist vehicles, but also where they may be lacking in some areas. One vehicle will be crowned in each category, but the scores will be public knowledge on all vehicles.

The AVA was formed by video media outlets that span the country and this group represents the auto industry’s first-ever national media organization that focuses on video exclusively. 
The AVA was established to provide media outlets that specialize in video content the ability to promote their industry, which is the fastest growing segment within the spectrum of automotive media. The organization is made up of some of the most prominent and most followed automotive outlets in the country.

Over the past month, the AVA has been solicited by a handful of video media outlets to join this organization. The AVA looks forward to having more members join and to do this in a way that benefits all parties involved, the AVA is developing a solid foundation in 2017 and 2018 with its founding members. Once this association has been fully developed and two AVA Awards events have taken place, the group will gladly open its doors to new members.

The AVA has no boundaries and its content spans the globe. The new coalition helps promote the video aspect of covering the greater auto industry. The organization also isn’t limited to just card carrying journalists. The AVA has members that have a variety of backgrounds. The unifying nature is video and all video content is owned by its members.

The overarching goal of the AVA is to promote video as the primary outlet for content, but is also aimed at auto makers as well to showcase the power of video. Consumers today, look to video for their news. The combined bandwidth of the AVA is in the millions for monthly unique views. This is something no traditional media outlet can do.

Although we reported on the founding members in our last news release, the below is a quick reminder of these media groups are:

Nik Miles (OurAutoExpert.com) – Northwest

Roman Mica (The Fastlane Car) – Midwest

Alex Dykes (AlexOnAutos) – Northern Cal

Kyle Lindsey (Saabkyle04) – North Carolina

Sofyan Bey (Redline Reviews) – DC

Jason Fenske (Engineering Explained) – Idaho

Matt Maranowski (Matt Maran Motoring) – Pennsylvania

 
For more details and information on the Automotive Video Association, please contact DRIVEN360 at 310-374-6177 or officeadmin@godriven360.com.