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Interview with Richard Hilton, From Chic music arranger and keyboardist

WHAT YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH SKI

The best things about playing CHIC is being able to make music with some of the best musicians I’ve ever known, including a band we’ve had for the last five years, and being able to share the happiness of the audience. I also saw a lot of really amazing places that I probably would never have seen.

WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?

Traveling rigors that are currently at the highest level.

WHEN DID YOU START WORKING WITH CHIC / NILES? And how did it happen?

I started working with Nile in March 1988. For about two years, I was interviewing various positions at “New England Digital”, which produced their own computerized musical instrument called Synclavier. They never hired me, but when Nile Rodgers called them (being a user of their instrument) asking for a skilled programmer who could play the keyboards, they kindly recommended me and that was it, I was in.

IF YOU DIDN’T WORK WITH CHIC, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

When I started studying in the Nile, I was teaching in a small college and going back to high school for my master’s degree. I hope to come back to teaching someday. I am very happy to work with young people.

CHIC IS ALWAYS THE JOY OF WATCHING WHAT IS THE MYSTERY?

A tireless commitment to delivering the best programming possible every night. There is a lot of trust and love on stage which seems to translate to the audience based on what they say to me. The value of the amazing repertoire we’ve given to play as a major factor in making it all possible cannot be underestimated.

RUMOR IS YOU WORKING QUICKLY ON MAKING AN ALBUM IN COOPERATION WITH DAFT PUNK? IS IT TRUE?

I cannot talk about ongoing projects.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR TECHNIQUE?

Adequate but not great. I do a lot of things quite well, but maybe none of them are “great”. All the players in CHIC are much more talented than I am. My skills span many different disciplines in my job, so my playing technique sometimes doesn’t get the attention it would otherwise deserve. I’m lucky that music has always come easily to me.

YOU ALWAYS LOOK SO HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE ON THE STAGE! WHY?

Because the privilege of playing this music and sharing the joy with the audience is overwhelming to me. Playing this music on CHIC is an amazing thing and I try to get it washed away when we do it.

IF YOU COULD COME BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU DO differently?

I would try less to get angry and more to love that I feel. There are a few other things specific to my relationships that I would like to do better.

IF YOU WERE NOT BORN IN THIS CENTURY, WHEN AND WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE?

I’m happy I’m here. I don’t think in terms of “what if” very often. That said, it would be very nice to hear Art Tatum, Beethoven and Chopin playing.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS / MUSICIANS AND WHY?

I’m really not good at favorite lists. I listen and look at a lot of things and I really like it. My list would go back to the 100’s and not be limited to a few specific musical and / or artistic styles.

WHO ARE YOU THE LEAST FAVORITE ARTIST / MUSICIANS AND WHY? (YOU DON’T HAVE TO ANSWER IF YOU DON’T WANT !!)

In general, those who contribute with all their power to the degradation of society and its inhabitants. Mustache, contenders. People who didn’t work for it and got it from society.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Find out more about the world, the people in it and my work. I learn a lot alone, not limited to music or technology. I like cooking and spending time with my wife and sons. I don’t watch much TV – mostly sports and historical. I read a lot and spend a lot of time with computers and devices.

ARE YOU POLITICALLY ACTIVE?

More on the mind than on the body, but yes, I am more and more terrified of the world as I get older.

DO YOU DO ANY VOLUNTEER WORK?

Yes, I try to involve young musicians as much as possible, I am sure I can do a lot more. I am involved as much as possible in my sons’ musical adventures, usually without being directly involved in them. It takes many forms; Equipment advice and purchase assistance, participation in demonstrations, sometimes recording of shows. When they were in the marching band, I was the band’s unofficial cameraman and posted videos for the band to benefit from watching their work.

As an added bonus, the families of band members from all over the world watched these videos to see their relatives playing at a high level. I got comments all the time about how “Grandma in the Phoenix” watched each movie, and every week I was looking forward to them.

Besides, because of my sons’ music, I meet a lot of young people here at home and we talk. I like to think they’re easy to talk to. I like talking to them.

HOW HAS AMERICAN MUSIC CHANGED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS?

This topic could fill a book, but it briefly plunged into the rabbit hole caused by the democratization of the music-making process. Conversely, it’s also discouraging people’s interest in lively interactions between musicians, so this part is good. We are still trying to overcome the effects of machine making music, popularized in the 1980s and continued on.

WHAT’S ON YOUR SIDE THAT THE PUBLIC NEVER SEES

The bad, bitter, alienated side. At least I hope they never see it. It doesn’t work for me (or them) at all.

HOW DID YOU CHANGE AS A CONTRACTOR / ARRANGER?

I am more aware of my role as a performer and more committed to taking it for the benefit of the entire team. Now I trust and forgive easier.

How hard are you supporting each other?

I urge you to stay active in learning new things. I have a lot of competition for what I do from younger, hyper, more culturally educated people, and the number is growing every year. I meet them at university seminars and fairs.

I think the only way to keep up to date and commitment is to keep growing by using my long industry experience combined with the knowledge and techniques that I am gaining now. Much can be done today that was considered impossible a few years ago. I cannot stand still; I need to go ahead with the knowledge to stay in the game at my age.

WHEN ARE YOU FULLY SATISFIED WITH YOUR WORK?

I always feel there is something I could do or do to make it better. I think being “content with your job” is an artistic harbinger of doom. That said, if all of this is over tomorrow, I’ll leave feeling like I’m having a pretty good streak.

DO YOU SAY THAT YOU ARE SOME PERFECT

There is nothing worth doing, and nothing worth doing well. If you call it perfectionism, I think so.

What are you most proud of as a dad?

I have two amazing sons, James and Corey. James has just completed two Bachelor’s Degrees with Honors from Western Connecticut State University. For his outstanding achievements, he received a special award from the MIS department. He works in the computer industry and is doing fantastic.

Corey attends Music College in Ithaca, New York. He is a recording student whose main instrument is drums. In the first semester he became the head of the percussion section of a symphony ensemble, and in both semesters he was the dean of the letter. In his first year, he played a fantastic recital and recorded dozens of concerts. He too is doing amazingly well and is much appreciated by teachers and friends.

WHAT IS THE MAGICAL FORMULA OF SUCCESS?

Find something you enjoy doing and find a way to fit it into your life the right way. It may or may not mean getting paid for it. Don’t let others dictate who you are and who you should be. For me, success is finding a place of comfort and happiness in life without hurting it, however it manifests itself. It’s not about fame and fortune – I know too many rich and famous people who aren’t happy.

For me, good relationships with people in the world, both at home and away, also help to balance life and beliefs. It is extremely important in my life.

Note from the author: I was lucky to be invited to the Chic show at Kew Gardens in the summer of 2012. Music lifted me off the grass! I met Rich Hilton, one of the nicest, most humble guys you could ever meet. Richard’s joy on and off stage is contagious, and he and Nile Rodgers have been working together for decades. What a blessing for soul / funk / disco lovers like me!

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Free Metro PCS ringtones

Metro PCS was a service provider known as a flat rate operator for restricted roaming subscribers. Now it has introduced Travel Talk, an add-on to its plans that allows subscribers to navigate any urban area in the US. If the subscriber travels to another city by Metro PCS, there is no additional connection fee; otherwise, calls cost between 49 and 79 cents per minute. MetroPCS has limited services, which is reflected in other services provided to clients.

When it comes to ringtones, Metro PCS provides exciting perspectives and options. They recently introduced Sprint PCS ringtones, PNG images, .MID /. QCP /. MMF /. PMD ringtones are very popular among subscribers. They have a huge selection of bells to choose from. From the 1980s, alternative, classic rock, Christian, country, Latin pop, national anthems, pop, patriot, jazz, hip hop, reggae, punk, rock, metal, RNB, salsa, sports and world music. Subscribers to the Metro PCS mobile service can simply log into their official website, register and receive regular updates on new ringtones available.

Often, ring code numbers are sent to subscribers via text messages. Here is the case of a service provider trying to break the barrier with ringtones. The only problem with the Metro PCS service is that the use may require you to check whether the doorbell is compatible with your Metro PC phone or not. Since the awareness level is not that high, Metro PCS subscribers will have to shoulder the burden of ensuring ringtone compatibility. But if the ringtones are free, most people don’t mind getting the extra work done.

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Favorite New York City Model bars and restaurants

Manhattan attracts fashion and those who revolve around many industries, designers, artists, fabric dealers and agents. Last but not least, of which part is the most visible: always the desired model. Uptown, downtown, and the whole city, you’ll find these long-legged, younger men and women with a formable look and a “come here, I’m away” look. Great young beauties from the heart of America.

In New York City, people watching is part of the sport of going to bars, clubs, restaurants and the trendy “speakeasy”. For those looking for the best view of high cheekbones and celebrities looking for the same, here’s our pick of the best New York bars to watch models before, during and after Manhattan Fashion Week.

The Red Egg, New York

Red Egg is a modern take on a traditional Chinese teahouse, and at the intersection of Chinatown, Nolita and SoHo, it promotes hip variety that attracts beautiful people. There are a few places tucked away in and out of Chinatown that have gotten quite hot for a young hip, so it’s no surprise that models flock to the Red Egg given its location. Red Egg began organizing dance evenings during Fashion Week, which attracted models, designers and editors alike. On Friday and Saturday, DJs play everything from ’90s R&B to British punk. Red Egg, 202 Center Street, New York, 10013-3613

The London Bar at The London NYC

London NYC is a fairly stylish hotel in the heart of New York’s Midtown. The bar is gorgeous and is filled with Manhattan’s elite, including models during Fashion Week. Consistently awarded two Michelin stars if you want to eat after a few drinks, Chef Markus Glocker provides an unforgettable dining experience in London NYC. It’s also intimate. Offering only forty-five seats, designer David Collins has created the perfect intimate atmosphere for any special moment or occasion. Consistently awarded with two Michelin stars. The London Bar 151 W. 54th St. New York, NY

Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar

What better way to see Manhattan than from a towering hood surrounded by beautiful people? Celebrating the return of Fashion Week, the Empire Hotel, on the 12th floor, with a rooftop bar, offers impressive views of Lincoln Center, Broadway and Columbus Avenue. Sip in style with the unique Empire Martini “Don’t Feed The Models”. Delicious diluting martini made of organic cucumber vodka, cucumber juice, lime juice, sugar syrup and mint. Empire Hotel even teamed up with Moises de la Renta (son of Oscar de la Renta) to design a bespoke dress for the Fashion Week Ambassadors Hotel. Empire Hotel 44 W. 63rd St. NY, NY, NY

Elsa

This dimly lit East Village hideout is too “now” to have a website (and the first rule of modern speakeasy), yet reservations would be reasonable. Elsa is a place where models and hangers appear. Elsa 217 East 3rd Street New York, New York 10009

Downstairs cabin

Seemingly easy and definitely fun to find (underneath a pizzeria) close to 7th and Avenue A and full of people, Cabin Down Below rewards all your efforts. Great for drinking and watching the stars. The Cabin Below 132 East 7th Street, NYC 10009

Standard Hotel: Boom Boom Room, Living Room and Biergarten

Standard has a celebrity entertainment market. Here you have three good moments and people watching with the popular Boom Boom Room, The Living Room and the kitschy taste of Bavaria, Biergarten.

Boom Boom room sits on top of the hotel providing opulence, soft skin, jacuzzi action, expensive drinks and meat packing views. Always popular with celebrities and models, entering the middle class can be difficult. Enjoy the view there. Next to The Standard Hotel is the New York hotel lobby Living room, a comfortable, trendy lounge overlooking the great square and serves small Mediterranean plates, wine decanters and cocktails with slightly pulsating dips most nights. Not enough to drink? If you can’t get into the popular Boom Boom, you can always try Standard Biergarten. Germany Hofbrau under the High Line, with ever flowing mugs, girls in lederhosen and classic German sausage menu, bratwurst mit brot and maybe even spaetzle.
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We also know that Chromebooks and Chrome may increase the ability to share files and photos wirelessly. This would allow a nearby share to jump to AirDrop’s installation base almost overnight. The ability to share files from desktop to mobile or vice versa, file sharing will be almost effortless.
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Now one of you may be wondering if Nearby Sharing works directly with AirDrop, or at least integrated in some way. Well, as you expected, it doesn’t work, and it’s unlikely it will ever work with iOS hardware. It’s a shame, but at least if Google Chrome provides functionality, you’ll technically have better overall device compatibility anyway.

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Top five nightclubs in Orlando

Orlando has some of the best nightclubs in America. Hollywood stars, celebrities, politicians, socialites and locals can usually be seen in some of the best bars and clubs in the city. Here’s a quick rundown of the best Orlando night hubs:

Taboo nightclub

Speaking of celebrities, Taboo is frequented by the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Colin Farrell. Formerly known as Zuma Beach Club, Tabu features an upstairs lounge and a large main floor. The recently refurbished Tabu nightclub is now one of the coziest nightclubs in the city. Be sure to look away when visiting him on a star-studded night.

Pulse

Located a few minutes’ walk from the I-4, Pulse is one of the best gay clubs in Orlando since 2004. Its simplistic facade can be confusing for novice visitors as popular events take place inside, such as Gay College Night, Pulsate Saturday, and Tuesday Temptation. Excellent dance shows with the participation of professional dancers await guests.

Firestone Live

Considered the most popular destination for those looking for high-energy dance and trance rhythms, Firestone continues to meet the needs of its customers even late at night. Depending on the night you visit, the venue may feature punk and indie rock performances instead of DJs. And if you want a good view of the dance floor leading upstairs to the Glass Room, the living room above is the best choice.

Dragon Room cocktail boutique

Situated in the entertainment district of Orlando, this super chic and lavishly designed nightclub will not disappoint. The Dragon Room is specially built for young people and students of the University of Central Florida. Pulsating dances, amazing DJs and hip-hop jams await Dragon Room customers. There is a bar in this place which serves very good cocktails which customers can enjoy while breaking the dance floor or sitting in the lounge. Ladies are sure to love Fame Fridays when they get free drinks before midnight. There are new drink promotions every week on Saturdays. Watch out for the stars that decorate the dance floor and bar from time to time.

Antigua

Another stylish place for an overnight stay in Orlando is Antigua. Located in downtown Orlando, it is not only accessible but also popular for anyone looking for a good time to cool off. The main attraction of this place are the regular drink specials, which are served differently every week. With their 500-gallon tropical aquarium and cascading waterfalls as decoration, Antigua is the perfect place to hang out in Orlando.

A visit to Orlando will never be complete without spending a night in any of these nightclubs. If you have time, take some time to visit them and get a feeling of what it is like to be in the city of Orlando.

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Famous stars and stripes by Travis Barker

It’s interesting that celebrities – from actors and actresses to rock and performers – have always had the vanity label they created using their fame and the usual pint of blood, sweat and tears.

It’s Famous Stars and Straps, founded by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker in December 1999. Since then, the company has come a long way from being just a brand name label for kids in the 2000’s. It has since become a renowned brand of both Guys and Gals T-shirts, jackets, hats, socks, buckles, bags, skateboards and other scene related merchandise. There’s even a travel case for the Famous Stars & Straps New Era Hat or simply put, a travel bag shaped just for baseball caps.

The well-known offices of Stars and Straps are located in Ontario, California, which feature the “F” logo – also known as the “Badge of Honor” – created by RockDaMullet to represent the FSAS brand for Travis Barker. Since most slogans and prints in their trading companies start with the letter F, anyone can easily spot the “F” logo on Family, Faith and Friends. There is also the FSAS family comprised of skateboard, BMX, and motorcycle stunt teams that are typically seen in Blink-182 music videos. They usually wear Famous Stars and Straps clothes as a way to promote the brand. You can also see their clothes worn by other famous stars such as Kim Kardashian, Eminem and other punk rockers.

Anyone can easily buy from online stores and clothing stores that sell skater and rider clothing, Famous Stars and Straps products. From the online reviews you can read, you can see that a lot of people love what they get from this famous company. As they have the unique look of the punk scene, this is surely one of the most popular apparel brands for the world’s punk audience, skaters, riders and celebrities.

The Travis Barker brand has certainly wowed the generations of people who bear their name to define them as a group, from shirts to bags to hats and skateboards. They now have a family as famous as the stars who wear them.

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What to do and what not to do at a punk rock concert

My first punk rock concert was in my sophomore grade in high school. My brother was in college at the time and bought a ticket for my friend and me. We set up a trip for the weekend and were very excited about the concert which included Less Than Jake and New Found Glory. While my brother was giving me helpful tips, I left the concert losing some cash, twisting my ankle and had a lot of bruises on top of that. Hoping that things would be safe for the others, I thought I’d share some advice I’ve learned after countless punk rock shows.

First, you want to be as prepared as possible, especially with what you wear and what you bring. At punk rock concerts that are usually full of people, you’ll want to pack as little as possible. So males will not want to carry a wallet and females will not want to carry a purse. I say this because these things can easily get lost in a crowd (especially if you want to “crowd surfing”). But the most important things you will want to bring are your ticket, cash and ID (if you are underage or want to buy alcohol). Everything else can easily be left in the car, but make sure to put items you are bringing in the front pockets so they don’t get stolen or fall out. However, if the space allows you to take photos, you might consider taking your camera, but bear in mind that this can be a problem if you are pushed in the front and don’t want it damaged.

In preparation, what to wear? It’s really up to you, but I would personally advise you to wear pants instead of shorts and shoes instead of sandals. If you plan on moving forward, you will need pants as you will be kicking a bit and will need some extra protection. Also, if you think the sandals will be okay, imagine hundreds of people stepping on your toes. Also, it’s not a good idea to bring a sweatshirt or long-sleeved shirt with you. As you will soon find out, the premises will be very hot and you will have nowhere to put any extra clothes. Unless of course the site is outside in cooler climates, that would be a good idea.

Now that you are all ready the fun can begin. But there are a few things you may want to know before you get too crazy. First, you have to think where you would like to position yourself for the concert. If you want to stay behind, just make sure you are behind the “bottom” as this is something where people like to throw each other in a big circle. It can certainly be painful if someone accidentally hits you, so watch out!

But if you’re like most people, you’ll come see one of your favorite bands and, damn, you’ll be in the lead! One thing to remember is that there are opening bands, so you may want to wait to line up when the band you want to see performs because the crowd may already be full and you will be exhausted when your band comes to play. While the struggle to get ahead can make people a bit angry when you jostle, just try to be nice and use the words “sorry” lest people start pushing you for bumping into them.

While you may want to rush forward to see “your band” changing your kit, you may also consider waiting for a song or two before moving forward. This is because everyone has the same idea to move forward when switching sets, and standing hand in hand with people waiting sometimes over half an hour can feel like an eternity. This way, all the pushing and madness seems to calm down a bit and you can make your way easier.

Finally, the two aspects of the show that may be most disturbing are the two things known as “crowd surfing” and “pit stop”. If you go to the front of a large group make sure people are sure to surf in crowds as elbows, heads and feet can hit you unexpectedly. Also, make sure you have earrings to take them out before moving forward. My brother had a friend whose earring was ripped off when the girl’s purse tore it off as she surfed in the crowd. Not good huh. So that’s another thing to think about.

When it comes to the bottom, if you want to be away from people just bumping into each other, crazy dances and mostly dudes just proving their manhood, this might be for you. But for most it is not. It usually forms in the center behind the first line of people. Even if you’re not outside of that, make sure you are a few feet away so people don’t bump into you. From experience, I suggest going to the right or left on stage to avoid those intense people.

Overall, I encourage everyone to go to concerts and support the music they love. Hopefully by reading this you will maximize your fun and be as safe as possible.