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Khalid, Kevin Mazur, JBL FEST, 360 MAGAZINE

Khalid × JBL Fest

The 3rd annual JBL Fest wrapped up last night in Vegas, featuring three nights of epic performances from five-time GRAMMY nominee Khalid,popstar Bebe Rexha and hip-hop icons Run DMC. Celebrity appearances throughout JBL Fest included Priyanka & Nick Jonas, Shaq and the “Vanderpump Rules” cast.

*Photo by Kevin Mazur

JBL FEST, RUN DMC, 360 MAGAZINE, LAS VEGAS

3rd Annual JBL Fest


The 3rd annual JBL Fest kicked off last night in Vegas with JBL REMIX, hosted by legendary NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal (AKA DJ Diesel) and featuring an iconic throwback performance from Run DMC on the rooftop of Caesars Palace.

 
Just before Run DMC took the stage, DJ Diesel was seen catching up with fellow “Inside the NBA” co-host Kenny Smith in the VIP lounge.

 
Artist Cey Adams, who designed some of RUN DMC’s most iconic album covers, created an immersive experience with authentic graffiti tags, streetlamps and JBL-branded subway signs to transport guests back into New York City’s hip-hop scene in the 1980s.

 
*Note: The party continues tonight for CLUB JBL!, hosted by JBL ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas and featuring even more electrifying performances from Bebe Rexha, as well as fellow JBL ambassadors Armin van Buuren and DJ Tigerlily. Plus, the cast of “Vanderpump Rules” will walk the star-studded red carpet with a surprise guest you can’t miss.   
 
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*photo credit: Kevin Mazur

Yacht, boats, marina, audio system, 360 MAGAZINE, door county, Vaughn Lowery

A Handy Guide to Marine Audio Systems

Who says you can’t have a complete audio system on your boat? Read on to discover the ultimate guide to marine audio systems.

Are you interested in buying a new stereo system for your boat?

High-quality marine audio systems are sought after by boat owners because they can better your experiences while on your boat. Many people think that boat stereo systems aren’t all that, but they’re wrong.

In many cases, a boat’s audio system will be better than a car’s. This is because they’re more powerful, durable, and versatile. There are endless customization options when it comes to a boat’s audio system, so it’s important to know about the components.

Read on to learn more about marine audio systems and how they work.

How Are Marine Stereos Unique?

Boat stereo systems stand out for a variety of reasons. These systems are designed to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Unlike car stereos, marine stereos have to be loud enough to hear over the water.

Numerous things can affect audio equipment such as water, salt, and sunlight. These can affect the quality of audio equipment, potentially damaging them. Marine stereos are tested for thousands of hours to ensure that they endure the elements.

When the audio systems are tested, they’ll be blasted with water to ensure that everything is waterproof. They’ll also be exposed to ultraviolet light to simulate sun exposure. Before hitting the shelves, the systems will be applied with an additional coating to protect the circuits.

What Do They Have?

While marine systems have to be carefully made so they can withstand the outdoors, all of their components are equally durable. They have most of the same parts that car audio systems have, but also a few additional pieces:

Amplifiers

Marine amplifiers are much more powerful than standard car amplifiers because they generally have to play at louder volumes. These amplifiers are completely waterproof and provide enough power to play music that can be heard over the engine and water.

Subwoofers

Subwoofers are what produce the bass when you’re listening to a song. In most marine audio systems, the subwoofers are surrounded by rubber and plastic so that nothing leaks into them. These can be exposed or enclosed depending on how you want to mount them.

Wires and Cables

Without wires and cables, a sound system would be useless. All boat audio systems use marine-rated wiring to ensure that they don’t corrode because of saltwater. 

Satellite Radio

Unless you intend on listening to DVDs all the time, satellite radio is necessary for a marine system. As boats get further from the coast, radio systems tend to fade out. Satellite radio allows you to listen to a variety of stations from hundreds of miles offshore. 

Power Inverter

A power inverter is one of the most useful things you can have on board, especially if you use several small electronics. These can be equipped to your marine audio system to let you charge things like phone batteries, laptops, etc.

GPS and Bluetooth

Many modern marine audio systems are equipped with waterproof screens that let you control it. Having GPS navigation built into the system lets you see exactly where you are on the screen at all times.

Bluetooth is a feature that most radios have nowadays because it prevents people from having to hook their devices up to the radio. You can check out this article to learn more about Bluetooth radio gear.

Installing Components

Installing stereo components on boats varies with each boat, making it difficult to say where exactly things should go. However, this lets you can come up with a plethora of boat sound system ideas that can make your system unique.

If your boat already has a sound system installed, you can most likely mount things in the preexisting locations while also using the same wiring. Should you need to change something, you can cut the panels or run new wires at ease.

Many people put their amplifiers and subwoofers under their seats, but you can also use the side panels of your boat. Keep in mind that there are no rules when you’re installing components. Measure areas of your boat where you’d like to install something and choose parts based on that.

Things to Look for in Components

Aside from the fact that you can install a boat stereo system almost anywhere on your boat, you’ll have to make sure you know what you’re looking for. Here are some things to consider when browsing for gear: 

Durable Materials

While all boat stereo systems are designed to be waterproof, some are better options depending on the environment you’re in. For example, a boat that is in a sunny region will need to withstand more UV rays than a boat in a cloudy region. 

The Right Specs

The better the specifications are, the better your sound quality will be. When it comes to boats, it’s worth spending more on a system that sounds great whether it’s on land or water. You’ll also need to ensure that the gear you buy will fit your boat. 

High Power

Marine systems need to have a lot of power since you’ll be listening to music out in the open. Most systems are equipped with strong amplifiers, but you can always add external amps to make them more powerful.

Don’t Look down on Marine Audio Systems

If someone’s ever given you a hard time because of your interest in marine audio systems, you can prove them wrong by investing in a high-quality system.

Ensure that you purchase the right components so they don’t get damaged from the outdoor elements. These systems will withstand water, salt, and sunlight. Providing that you measure out your boat and gear, you can get a stereo system that beats any car’s.

Feel free to browse our tech section to read more articles about technologies that you can use to modernize your boat!

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

Premier of “MIDDLE CHILD” by J. Cole

North Carolina rapper J. Cole has shared a new single called “MIDDLE CHILD.” Released via Dreamville with distribution through Roc Nation/Interscope Records, “MIDDLE CHILD” kicks off what promises to be an unstoppable year for Dreamville.

Listen to “MIDDLE CHILD” here.

J. Cole, who is currently in the studio working on completing his sixth studio album, as well asRevenge of the Dreamers III, kicks off 2019 with his new single “MIDDLE CHILD.” “MIDDLE CHILD” is the first official single J. Cole has released since 2013. The single drops just after a massive 2018 for J. Cole, which saw the release of the KOD album and accompanying tour, and a string of features for artists including 6LACK, Jay Rock, 21 Savage and Moneybagg Yo.

In addition to J. Cole’s forthcoming album, Dreamville is in the process of completing three highly anticipated projects, to be released in the first half of 2019: Revenge of the Dreamers III, a collaborative project featuring Dreamville artists in addition to some of the most exciting artists and producers in hip-hop today, Shea Butter Baby, from fast-rising R&B singer/songwriter Ari Lennox, andMirrorland, from boundary-blurring Atlanta duo EarthGang.

Launched by J. Cole in 2007, Dreamville is now widely regarded as a hotbed of eclectic talent. Along with Ari Lennox and EarthGang, the label’s roster includes Bas, J.I.D, Cozz, Omen, and Lute.

About J. Cole:

North Carolina native J. Cole is an acclaimed rapper, songwriter, and producer. To date, he’s earned seven Grammy Award nominations, including two nominations at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. He’s also landed five albums at #1 on the Billboard 200, including 2018’s widely praised KOD. One of the biggest albums of last year, KOD made J. Cole only the third artist in history to surpass 300 million audio streams in an album’s debut week.

J.D. Power × Multimedia × Satisfaction Study

In-Car Multimedia Technology Still Vexes Vehicle Owners, but Some Automakers Showing Strong Improvement, J.D. Power Finds

In-car multimedia technology, perennially the leading source of complaints among new-vehicle owners, is still a sore spot for customer satisfaction, but is improving. According to the J.D. Power 2018 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study,SM the number of reported problems with in-car audio, communication, entertainment and navigation (ACEN) technologies has decreased for a third consecutive year, with several technology standouts emerging among manufacturers.

The study measures the experiences and opinions of vehicle owners regarding the quality, design and features of their ACEN system in the first 90 days of ownership. Multimedia system quality is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100), with a lower score reflecting higher quality.

Top-performing vehicles in each segment are as follows:

• Small Mass Market: Kia Rio

• Compact Mass Market: Kia Forte

• Midsize Mass Market: Ford Mustang

• Large Mass Market: Ford Taurus

• Small Premium: BMW 2 Series

• Compact Premium: Porsche 718

• Midsize Premium: Lincoln Continental

• Large Premium: BMW 7 Series

“In-car multimedia has been a problematic category for automakers for several years, as ever-more elaborate navigation, voice recognition and entertainment systems have proliferated in vehicles of every type,” said Brent Gruber, Senior Director, Automotive Quality Practice, J.D. Power. “While the area is still the leading cause of new-vehicle complaints—with voice recognition technology continuing to lead the way as the number one complaint for a sixth consecutive year—we are seeing some serious improvement across the board, with some manufacturers really raising the bar on delivering quality multimedia technology experiences for their customers.”

Data for the annual Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study is derived from each year’s J.D. Power Vehicle Quality Survey (VQS). The data is augmented with supplier sourcing information where available, which affords multimedia suppliers with a comprehensive view of the overall multimedia industry, as well as the performance of individual products and systems, and problems that owners experience.

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has offices serving North/South America, Asia Pacific and Europe. J.D. Power is a portfolio company of XIO Group, a global alternative investments and private equity firm headquartered in London, and is led by its four founders: Athene Li, Joseph Pacini, Murphy Qiao and Carsten Geyer.

How cheap Internet prices has helped online education in evolving?

Imagine this is 2004, and you’re an engineering student aspiring to clear the GATE exam. What would your first instinct be? It would undoubtedly involve looking for a nearby institute or consulting your college seniors about how hefty a fee you should be expected to pay for the course.

The year 2017 alone projected the growth of EduTech market at about $255 billion. This number is likely to grow at an exponential rate because more and more students are deciding to enrol for online courses. But what are the circumstances that contributed to this enormous growth? What are the factors that dominate this market niche?

Online Education:

An underlying sense of how online education works is dependent on the goal of the learner. The primary category of learners come to earn certifications which when added to their resumes, boost their career portfolios. The second category of learners come with a sole goal to improve their professional skill set and thus to establish expertise in that area.

Gaining an online degree was earlier not respected or considered credible. But all that is rapidly changing with the drastic increase in the number of students opting to study online and also the number of quality education providers online. While the availability of high-speed internet is one major factor, ease in accessing this technology, economical pricing, superior quality of education and the flexibility it provides form the other significant factors which contribute to the growth of students opting to learn online.

How does affordable internet contribute to this growth?

India and Internet:

The origin of the seed for digital education in India is a bit hazy, but the presence of E-Learning has been prevalent thanks to the educational programmes done by Doordarshan and Aakashwani in the previous decades. Though the internet was a common phenomenon in the early 2000’s, learning wasn’t the main takeaway from any of it. It was primarily used to communicate and not an everyday household luxury because of its expensive setup costs.

With the advent of affordable and high-speed bandwidths, the penetration of internet increased, and with it, the user base surged. The highest surge in the number of users in India was probably towards the end of 2016 when Reliance Jio made affordable and cheap 4G internet a reality while the Indian Currency Demonetisation forced digital literacy in the country.

Rural Penetration and Indic Languages:

The internet has opened up a wide range of possibilities in rural India. Students who previously travelled hundreds of kilometres and paid thousands of rupees at coaching institutes for GATE, UPSC, CAT etc. examination preparation, can now prepare from the comfort of their homes. All they need is a laptop or a smartphone with a small internet pack or access to a community WiFi network.

Sreenath K, a railway coolie from Kerala has cleared the UPSC examination by using the free WiFi available at the railway station. Every day, while he moved the luggage around the station, he used to listen to classes via his earphones on his smartphone. While this is an epitome of ‘how affordable internet has empowered the common man and thus helped in evolving the education in India’, the question of content and trust issues still exist.

A Yourstory article indicates that a majority of the Indian population prefer and trust content in their native languages. This opens up an excellent opportunity for regional content creators.

Thus teachers from anywhere in the country can upload their content in their native languages, and peer-reviewed content ratings help students choose the best of the lot and learn from them.

Accessing Content and types of Content:

While there is an abundance of text-based content available for students to consume, the most preferred content type is video. Video-based content has made it easy for students to understand complex topics from a primary school level to even GATE, CAT or UPSC.
While this stands, audio and image-based content rank next to video content. This is so because before the advent of 4G, accessing a video file was a difficult task but affordable 4G and free WiFi has made video streaming easier and faster.

While there are numerable video tutorials and audio tutorials available for free on youtube and other podcasting mediums, there are many other paid course portals available which provide various certification courses. The increase in the demand for skilled certification has increased the number of contenders in this category. This healthy competition, in turn, has contributed to improving the quality of the course content available.

Educational content is not just confined to the limits of the formats mentioned above. There has been a significant surge in content being generated for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality too. Gamifying the material has helped it, but at the same time, the pricing and the costs involved in including these technologies in a daily learner’s life are huge as of now.

It is not just this new technology, India is ranked 67th by Ookla’s internet speed test, the average internet speed in India is 18Mbps. Though this is an acceptable speed, it is not enough to cater to the ever-growing digital population.

With an estimated growth in the edtech industry to about $1.6 Billion by 2021, the best way to achieve this is by complete rural penetration of the internet, promotion of Indic and regional languages based content, affordable higher bandwidth and integration of new technologies into e-learning modules.

NYC-Based Band “All Types of Kinds”

Mixing A Unique Blend of Influences From Rock to Blues, Folk, and Hip-Hop – The Bands Unique Multi-Genre Approach Lends A New Perspective to Alternative Music

 

In a city often oversaturated with musicians of every genre constantly performing and creating, it takes a special group of artists to truly stand out amongst the crowd that produce a truly unique sound, and New York City’s All Types of Kinds truly live up to the namesake.

All Types of Kinds (or ATOK) plays a wide variety of music ranging from rock to pop, folk, punk, funk, hip-hop, blues, jazz, and country – even sometimes all at once. The members come from diverse backgrounds that make for an amalgamation of musical textures and vibes. Their EP, “Love Songs (Or Songs For Your Ex)” debuted on Valentine’s Day 2018 and they are currently gearing for dates all over the country.

The band consist of Ray Rubio (Guitar), Billy Conahan (Guitar), Berk 0 (Percussion), and Rocco Stroker (Guitar) – all of whom have unique musical backgrounds. Ray, 20, a multi genre artist and singer/songwriter, hails from Harlem NY and has also been on stage from young age, mainly theater productions. Ray attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2014, and since then has been performing his music in the New York Metro Area and Richmond, Virginia. Billy, 25, is a queens native whose been on the stage since his early teens as a stand-up comedian, singer/songwriter folk artist playing his own folk tunes as well as cover tunes. Berk O, singer and percussionist, is from Brooklyn and also contributes to the band’s songwriting process, while Rocco is the newest member of the band – playing bass, guitar and as an incredible vocalist. He hails from New Fairfield, Connecticut.

WATCH: All Types of Kinds – Keep In Touch (Official Music Video)

WATCH: All Types of Kinds – Colorblind (Official Music Video)

With the goal of becoming a full-time, self-sufficient, self-produced band, able to tour and create their own audio and video products on a regular basis, they plan to soon follow up their debut with a sophomore effort in late 2018. Unlike other bands who strive for major-label greatness, ATOK shys away from fitting into an industry mold, and often scoff at the idea of being referred to as a ‘boy band’.

Believers in finding a way to share their music while remaining firmly in the driver’s seat, they continue to write, practice, and enjoy playing their music for any crowd that will have them. Making friends from all over the world by busking on the NYC streets has even allowed them to meet and collaborate with like-minded musicians.

These recent “Your Big Break” contest winners who’ve been praised for their “polished precision, sweet harmony, musicianship, artistry, versatility and originality in their smart lyrics” are ready for the big time. That time is now.

To Purchase All Types of Kind’s “Love Songs (Or Songs For Your Ex)” via iTunes, VISIT: https://apple.co/2MN7W5o

LISTEN: ATOK “Love Songs” via Spotify

For More Information on All Types of Kinds, VISIT: Facebook.com/ATOKMusic

Reverbnation.com/AllTypesofKinds

ATOK’s YouTube Channel

Pirelli Design Launches Audio Speaker

July 24, 2018 – Pirelli has joined forces with IXOOST, an Italian firm from Modena that specializes in high-end car audio, to create a new sound experience inspired by motorsport. The result is an exclusive hi-fi system that includes a cutting-edge Bluetooth™ speaker within a replica Wind Tunnel Tire: made by Pirelli for Formula 1™ Teams to conduct aerodynamic testing.

The wind tunnel is a vital tool for Formula 1™ Teams to study every aspect of air flow, in their unending search for optimal performance – where the tires play a vital role as well.

And from the scale-model F1™ Wind Tunnel tire, PIRELLI P ZERO™ sound by IXOOST was born. This is a mini tire that sets new standards of design and technology, traveling its own road when it comes to music.

The acoustic system includes a powerful amplifier with a 100-watt digital signal processor and is equipped with a 100-millimeter midwoofer as well as a 25-millimeter silk tweeter.  The whole system is made entirely in Italy by IXOOST, featuring hand-crafted unique touches and attention to detail.

With the most advanced 4.0 Bluetooth™ APTX technology, PIRELLI P ZERO™ sound can connect wirelessly to smartphones and other compatible devices, enhancing the audio signal in wireless mode and ensuring the best possible playback.

PIRELLI P ZERO™ Sound is available in nine different colors that reflect those used to distinguish the different racing compounds. Thanks to its appealing shape and extremely compact dimensions (330 millimeters diameter and maximum depth of 200 millimeters), this inspiring design piece will fit in anywhere, lending a unique and original touch to its surroundings.

The new speaker was previewed at the FORMULA 1 PIRELLI GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 2018. PIRELLI P ZERO™ sound will be seen in the F1 Pirelli Hot Laps garage during other Grand Prixs this year.

Lim Family Luau dancers at the Mauna Kea Resort Hotel

The Big Island’s Luau at the Mauna Kea Resort—a reverence for Hawaiian song and dance

Culture Editor Tom Wilmer reports from the Big Island of Hawaii–

 

The Lim family Luau has been performing at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel since Laurance Rockefeller opened the resort in the mid-1960s. Today the luau is the oldest, continuously operating show on the Big Island of Hawaii.

 

Lorna Lim talks story about her family’s passion (3rd generation) for performing authentic song, hula dance, and tales of old Hawaii. You don’t have to stay at the Mauna Kea to attend the luau, but the resort hotel is a highly recommended place to stay if you’re planning a visit to the Big Island.

 

Located on the Kohala Coast approximately 24 miles from Kailua/Kona Airport, the Mauna Kea has the insular feel of a private island oasis.

 

Highlights of the resort include its eye-catching mid-century architecture that has deftly not only stood the test of time, it remains a classic, and its lines are timeless. A big draw is the location, as the resort fronts on one of the Big Island’s most beautiful beaches. The beachfront is wide and sprawling but intimate at the same time.

Sundown at the Mauna Kea Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

Sundown at the Mauna Kea Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. Photo Credit: Tom Wilmer

 

Culinary offerings are outstanding as well. Manta is the fine dining establishment, but like everything in the islands, casual is the rule. Back in the day, ties for men were requisite for dinner…but fortunately that’s a page from the past.

 

Speaking of dining, the luau includes a killer buffet dinner. The sprawling array of fresh, local faire is worth the price of admission all on its own.

 

The offerings are equal if not better than what you’d find at a fine sit-down restaurant almost anywhere on the island.

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