Tips for the top

first_imgTips for the topOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Fed up with management not taking you seriously? We outline strategies forgaining their attention, including talking to them in language they understand,by Nic Paton You’re worried. You’ve identified a worsening health trend among the staffin your workplace – increasing sickness absence, for instance – and all yourexperience tells you firm action needs to be taken to tackle it. But can youget the human resources director, let alone the chief executive, to listen? Apparently, as the latest research conducted for Occupational Health showsthis month, too often the answer is “no”. The clearest complaint among occupational health professionals polled in thesurvey is that management do not take them or, more worryingly, their functionseriously, and that occupational health practitioners too often do not haveaccess to the board-level decision-makers they would need. Yet with health and safety, and public health, creeping ever higher up boththe corporate and the political agenda, it should be easier now than ever topress the case for occupational health. Find the bottom line However, the fastest way to attract a chief executive’s attention is, itseems, still the most tried and trusted one – through his or her bottom line. Talk in pound signs – what the problem is costing the company and,critically, what your solution will save it – and you’re almost certain to getpeople listening, says Anne Robinson, health care manager at British GasServices. Robinson joined British Gas Services in 1997 and set about formulating anoccupational health scheme that focused on the engineers who maintained andinstalled equipment. Her success in helping to reduce work-related sickness led her last year towin the Health at Work Award in the prestigious Personnel Today 2000 Awards. Days lost, turnover lost, numbers of staff lost and the overall cost to thebusiness – these are all arguments guaranteed to get managers listening, sheexplains. “You must be able to demonstrate that you can act to save money, or saythat you are losing money here, or there is a significant risk,” she says.Work out what it is costing the company In Robinson’s case, she secured funding by outlining what it was costing thecompany by simply waiting for work-related health problems to occur, and whatBritish Gas Services could save by providing a support network for its workers.But building up credibility is an on-going process, one that is earned fromday one, and can be lost just as quickly, she argues. Right from the start, at the job interview, be clear about what is expectedfrom you. There is no point sitting there thinking, “I can change thatlater” – it just doesn’t happen, she argues. Learn as much as you can about the business so you can start to see whymanagement are making the decisions they do. “Yes, you need to wear your professional badge, but you also have to bea team player, you have to contribute to the team and contribute to thebusiness,” she says. Also, you can’t go wrong with a management qualification, she argues, as itgives you the confidence to speak the language of commerce, and link yourobjectives to the business objectives. For managers to know your background – and they may even have been on thesame course as you – can be a real bonus in helping to build up credibility. Get support of a board member Getting the support of a key board member, preferably the chief executive ormanaging director, to champion your cause is also vital, if not alwayspossible. And if you simply want to get results, but perhaps not all the glory, youmay also need to be prepared to let them take your initiative to the board, sheargues. Tenacity, learning influencing skills and a knowledge of business can allhelp, she adds. “It’s about trying to be a joined -up professional,”she says. According to Paul Kearns, a consultant with Personnel Works, a humanresources management consultancy based in Bristol, building up credibility withmanagement – whether in the private or public sector – is the key to asuccessful relationship. “Anything that does not have pound signs in it tends not to win theargument, or does not get given the same priority,” he says. Think strategically For OH professionals, this often means thinking strategically – thinking howtheir managers think – as well as making sure they are excellent at theirday-to-day job, he argues. “Most managers underestimate the effect that lack of attention tothings like occupational health has on their workforce. “If a machine breaks down everyone runs around like headless chickensuntil it is up and running again properly, but they do not worry if someonecannot get the time to see the OH nurse about something. But it is amazing howdemotivating that can be.” While there are health and safety issues which it is imperative the OHpractitioner makes clear cannot be flouted, it is also important – and a keypart in building up credibility – to be prepared to be flexible, to thinkwhether a suitable compromise can be reached. Having a fair but firm reputation – and occasionally showing flexibilitywhere appropriate – makes it much easier to convince management when somethingis wrong and needs action, now, he argues. “A realistic, mature,intelligent, consistent approach to occupational health will win more friendsthan a judgemental approach,” he says. Small things, too, can help – a tidy office, always making sure files are tohand, responding quickly to requests or, if information is not available, beinghonest, saying so and then delivering it when you say you will. “If you do not have credibility it is bound to undermine your standingin the organisation,” says Kearns. When it comes to presenting a case, be clear in what’s wrong, why it’s wrong– but be constructive – and what can be done about it, he argues. However,”a little passion never goes amiss”, he adds. Be clear, concise and succinct Jargon, particularly complex medical or legal terms, or lists of European orUK regulations, will often leave busy managers glazed. “Do not use jargon – be clear, concise and succinct. For instance, donot put regulations at the front of the paper. Use anything that grabs theinterest, then keep the regulations half-way down page two. “If you are having to resort to a heavy-handed approach you haveprobably lost the argument already in some respects,” he adds. Colin Carmichael, a consultant at Organisational Consulting, a London-basedmanagement consultancy specialising in changing business attitudes, agrees. Before OH professionals can expect management to take them or their functionseriously, they must ensure they cannot be faulted on their day-to-day work, heargues. “People must make sure they have got the basics right first, so theirday-to-day delivery is spot on,” says Carmichael. After that it is a question of making sure, not only that you are thinkingas your managers think, but that they appreciate where you are coming from. Managers will be less likely to listen or understand if they believe the OHdepartment is introspective, or too focused on occupational health to thedetriment of the rest of the business or organisation. “You need to invest the time to get alongside senior management andunderstand what their agenda is. Be honest about those areas where you cannotdeliver something,” he says. Taking too long, being inflexible or making decisions that do not suit theneeds of the business can all damage the perception of occupational health inthe workplace. OH will never be top of the agenda And, at the end of the day, like it or not, OH professionals have to acceptthey are unlikely ever to be at the top of their management’s agenda, heargues. “Some in the OH professions are being over-ambitious in wanting to geton the board agenda. For managers, day-to-day revenue and product developmentwill always be more important,” he adds. But if OH practitioners can, for instance, show they have improved staffretention and sickness, this is a real, quantifiable benefit to the business. Even if OH is not top of the corporate tree, an argument like that issomething managers will clearly value, he adds. Practical, user-friendly guidance for OH practitioners on how to build uprelationships with managers is something that is sorely lacking, admits DrPeter Verow, consultant occupational physician at Sandwell NHS Trust. But, as a runner-up behind Anne Robinson in the Personnel Today awards lastyear, Dr Verow knows all about getting management behind him. The crux of his success in the awards was in extending his work in the Truston dealing with absence from work through sickness to local GP services andindependently with employers in the area. There is no doubt that explaining clearly what sickness absence was costing,and how much money could be saved, helped his arguments, but Sandwell’smanagement was already well behind his drive, he admits, securing him £200,000each year for the last three years for his innovative work. Ensure there is a suitable forum For OH professionals looking to get their message across, one way forward isto ensure there is an appropriate forum where your voice can be heard. This body, whether it is the safety committee, health at work committee orsome other forum, must have a high-level management representative on it,preferably the chief executive or human resources director, to give itcredibility. However, there is no point making a case if it is not what they want to hear– it may sound obvious, but if management are not listening, or do not appearto understand the occupational health function, ask them what they do want fromoccupational health, he argues. “Find out what their priorities are for the next two years,” hesays. Speaking in a language they understand, and explaining what effect eithertaking action or, critically, not taking action will cost the business, is thekey to success, Dr Verow explains. “You have got to target it with costs and a business plan. If you havenot written it up as a business proposal they are not going to listen toyou,” he says. Even if you do find a receptive ear, don’t necessarily expect resultsimmediately; effecting real change, especially in a big organisation, can oftentake years.` But if the real change is that management are finally listening and takingOH seriously, then success in the workplace is almost bound to follow. Organisational Consulting Group, 020 7623 5594 Personnel Works, 0117 914 6984 Positive Presence, 020 7586 7925 Lesley Everett, LE Consultants, 01344 427977 Ten Top Tips– Think how they think: if money is their bottom line, explain what nottaking action will cost them– Judge how far you can be flexible and be prepared to bend rules– Work on building up credibility, be professional at the nuts and bolts ofthe job– Work with people, not against them – Invest time in understanding the management’s agenda– Get a management qualification, learn management skills– Talk to management in their language, don’t work in isolation– Manage expectations – accept that some things take longer to achieve – Find a board-level champion– Identify a suitable forum from which to put your viewsHow to create a positive imageIf you feel uncomfortable, are worried about what you’re wearing or how youlook, it can have a major impact on how you are perceived by colleagues andmanagers, according to image consultants.Laurel Herman, managing director of Positive Presence, a “personalimage optimisation” consultancy firm based in London, says grooming,voice, body language and facial expression all have a beneficial role to playin improving your authority in the workplace.How you speak can also be as important as what you say, she argues, with alistener often influenced simply by your tone of voice, timbre and pace ofspeech as much as what they are saying.”The voice is very much part of the image identity kit, giving youauthority, approachability, sincerity and attractiveness. You can adjust thetone, pace, pitch and passion. Test your voice on a third party and get them togive you feedback on how they perceive you,” she says.When listening to someone, concentrate on them, don’t tap your fingers orfidget, listen to their answers, she suggests.Facial expression can also affect how you are perceived. If you look anxiousor frown a lot this can be taken as showing a lack of confidence, even if it’snot true. And if people think you are not confident, you are not going to inspireconfidence and trust. Work on appearing relaxed and on top of your job, sheargues.Dress, appearance, personal grooming and body language present the strongestmessages about us and the points we want to get across, adds image consultantLesley Everett of LE Consultants.”With a staggering 93 per cent of the overall impression we make basedon the way we ‘package’ ourselves – that is our appearance, voice and bodylanguage – and only the remaining 7 per cent based on the words we use, wecannot afford to become complacent with our image if we want to maximise ourprofessionalism and credibility and be taken seriously,” she says.Walking with an upright posture signals confidence and capability, as doesmaking eye contact, a firm handshake and smiling when you are talking topeople, she adds. “If you’re not sure whether it’s appropriate to shake hands, always optto do so. It will increase your professionalism and tactile behaviour like thisscores points,” she adds. But it is worth paying attention to clammyhands.View your clothing and grooming as a language. Your audience will decodethis language and subconsciously or consciously, gather information about you,she says. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

Hedge fund manager pleads guilty to fraud in Neiman Marcus bankruptcy

first_imgFull Name* “Kamensky predicted in his own words to a colleague: ‘Do you understand…I can go to jail?’… ‘this is going to the U.S. Attorney’s Office,’” Strauss continued. “His fraud has indeed come to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and now has been revealed in open court.”Neiman filed for bankruptcy in May, and announced in July that it would permanently shutter its flagship store in Hudson Yards.Kamensky’s tensions with the high-end department store date back to at least 2018, when he led a legal campaign against the chain’s private equity owners.But after Neiman filed for bankruptcy, Marble Ridge offered 20 cents on the dollar to buy shares of MyTheresa, the retailer’s ecommerce business, from creditors. When Kamensky learned that a Jefferies client was considering buying the shares at a higher price, he allegedly attempted to use his influence with the bank to kill the deal.Kamensky could face between 12 to 18 months in prison. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 7.Contact Sasha Jones Marble Ridge Capital LP’s Dan Kamensky and Neiman Marcus at Hudson Yards in New York (Getty; Jewish National Fund)Dan Kamensky, the founder of hedge fund Marble Ridge Capital, has pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud related to Neiman Marcus, according to the Department of Justice.Kamensky was involved in a scheme to pressure a rival bidder to abandon its higher bid for assets included in Neiman’s bankruptcy proceedings so that Marble Ridge could obtain those assets for a lower price. He was arrested in September.“Daniel Kamensky abused his position as a committee member in the Neiman Marcus Bankruptcy to corrupt the process for distributing assets and take extra profits for himself and his hedge fund,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a DOJ statement.Read moreHedge fund manager arrested for fraud in Neiman Marcus bankruptcyNeiman Marcus files for bankruptcy, casting uncertainty over Hudson YardsNeiman Marcus committed to 50 years at Hudson Yards. It lasted 16 months. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Tagsdepartment of justicehedge fundsHudson Yards Message* Email Address*last_img read more

Nexans Korea to provide cables for petrochemical project in Europe

first_imgWith an estimated annual capacity of 437,000 tons of polyprodylene, the new complex will be put into operation in 2023 Nexans to provide cables for Hyundai’s petrochemical project in Europe. (Credit: SatyaPrem from Pixabay) Nexans Korea has been awarded a contract from Hyundai Engineering & Construction(HEC) to supply cables of power, instrumentation and telecom for a new petrochemical complex in Poland from 2020 to 2021.As the first project in Poland, HEC is constructing a new petrochemical complex for PDH Polska S.A, a leading company in chemical industry. With an estimated annual capacity of 437,000 tons of polyprodylene, this new complex will be put into operation in 2023.Nexans will provide cables with innovative HYPRON design, which was developed and tested to provide an alternative to lead-sheath cables for onshore oil & gas installations, especially within refineries and petrochemical installations in moist areas where corrosive aromatic hydrocarbons are present. Nexans HYPRON cables contribute to a green environment by avoiding lead exposure and emissions thanks to three concentric, co-extruded sheaths which provide water tightness as well as resistance to inorganic and organic chemicals.“We’re proud to support HEC’s first petrochemical project with our advanced products and solutions,’ said Young-Ro RYU, Sales Diector of Nexans Korea, “The agreement we signed with HEC demonstrates our competence in cable technologies and commitment to protect the planet and bring energy to life.”S.Y. Park, Project Director from HEC said, we decided to work with Nexans not only because of their rich experiences in Oil and Gas applications worldwide, but also their ecofriendly clean cable technology. Together, we can power the world in a more sustainable way.The cables will be produced in Nexans Korea plant and installed within 2022. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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Fletchers Bakery

first_imgIn our 16th February issue of British Baker we carried a report that Vision Capital planned to close the Fletchers Bakery at Sheffield. This was incorrect and no such closure is planned. We apologise to Vision Capital and Fletchers Bakeries for this error and regret the distress and confusion that it has caused.In a statement to British Baker, Fletchers has reconfirmed that aconsultation process is now underway with Trade Union representatives and employees regarding the future employment requirements of the business. The consultation underway affects up to 80 job roles.The decision to initiate the consultation has been taken on purely economic grounds, as the business has suffered both from the impact of a fire which destroyed a third of the site in July 2006 and also from a continued loss of market share and increasing cost of materials.Fletchers understands that this process is likely to cause concern for those potentially affected and their families and has thanked employees and trade unions for their efforts and continued support at this time. The company will make every effort to support those employees affected.last_img read more

Speech: Securing HS2 for the Midlands and north

first_imgThank you and good afternoon everyone. I’d like to thank you all for inviting me to this event.It’s a real pleasure to be here today (24 January 2019) and to see so many familiar faces from the world of transport, as well as across the political spectrum.This government’s plans for projects such as High Speed 2 will not only revitalise the north and the Midlands, they will have a transformational effect on Britain.And many of you in this room have the responsibility of not only bringing these plans to fruition but also ensuring the entire country enjoys the full benefits.For it’s no exaggeration that good transport connections can have an extraordinary impact on people’s lives. They bring communities closer together, provide new work and educational opportunities and help businesses to thrive. But I am all too conscious that the last time we built new rail links to the centres of our great northern cities, Queen Victoria was still on the throne.Back then the north was home to some of the earliest railway innovations.For instance, in 1830 the first modern intercity passenger railway in the world ran between Liverpool and Manchester.The 35-mile trip was a thrilling experience for travellers, if not a rather bracing one – as many passengers sat in carriages virtually open to the north-west’s weather.But it inspired real excitement among the public about the potential offered by railways and it’s my aim to create that same sense of enthusiasm towards the benefits of our modern railway projects.However it is a great shame that half a century of underinvestment means cities in the north and Midlands don’t just have poor rail connections to the rest of the UK – they have poor connections to each other.These inefficient links have meant that opportunity is less accessible for people than in other parts of the country, such as the south-east.I am proud to be part of a government that has called time on that trend.And I believe the creation of HS2 will super charge economic growth for the north and the Midlands while providing the extra capacity required on busy north to south rail routes, which are currently among the most intensively used in Europe, and encouraging employers and businesses to not just focus on London and the south-east but the country as a whole.I’ve been delighted to see the progress HS2 is making.Last autumn I joined West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to meet the team delivering the HS2 station at Curzon Street in Birmingham where the railway will help transform the city centre, and could unlock up to 36,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes.But as people in this room know, HS2 is not just about improving train links between London and Birmingham.It’s a project that will benefit the whole country, boosting opportunity and breathing new life into towns and cities.You may have seen media stories suggesting that the second stage of the project might not happen. Those stories are completely inaccurate.Let me be very clear. High Speed 2 is vital beyond Birmingham and failure to deliver it would be a dereliction of our duties to improve the life chances of everyone in this country, an abandonment of our ambition for one of the most extraordinary engineering projects since the Victorian age and a huge betrayal of the people in the Midlands and the north.Some of you may have been at the event, where I was reported to have made these remarks.In fact I said we must keep on making the strategic case for HS2 and work hard to win over the public about its potential benefits.Let me reiterate. We are committed to a second stage between the West Midlands and Leeds and between Crewe and Manchester, completing the ‘Y axis’ and it is very heartening to see that the positive impacts of HS2 — both the first and second stage — are already being felt all over the UK.So far it has already created 7,000 jobs and 100 apprenticeships. While over 2,000 contracts for the railway are being delivered by businesses large and small everywhere from Colchester to Coventry.So HS2 is a project that will transform our country, regenerate our regions and rebalance our economy.But I want to be clear that it will not come at the expense of other transport projects for the north. And conversely nor will other railway projects come at the expense of HS2.It’s a complete misnomer to say we can only have either Northern Powerhouse Rail or HS2. We need both.In fact there are strong reasons why HS2 should actually pave the way for NPR and why the case for NPR is actually bolstered by HS2.That’s why we are integrating HS2 into the emerging proposals from Transport for the North for Northern Powerhouse Rail, as well as with our Midlands transport plans.I’d like to conclude by thanking our hosts TFN, Midlands Connect, Core Cities and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership for organising this event.Your help is vital in achieving our ultimate goal of a transport network that is fit for the future.We are committed to delivering HS2 for you and the businesses, people, passengers and local authorities that you represent.It’s your work today that will help ensure the growth and prosperity of the whole country for generations to come.We have a fantastic opportunity with HS2 to transform capacity, boost connectivity and spark even greater economic growth. Let’s seize it with both hands. Thank you.last_img read more

The Ghost of Christmas Past in Maine

first_imgBy Paul Mills“Always winter, but never Christmas,” wrote C.S. Lewis some 70 years ago.He was not of course speaking of our own COVID-19 time but he could have been speaking of most of Maine’s history until the middle of the 19th century.Why then was Christmas not observed?The answer lies in the bedrock of early Puritan culture which contended that no one knew the day when Jesus was born. The date, they argued, was one generated by other religions. Christmas, they pointed out, was based on the ancient two week Roman festival of Saturnalia, one celebrating not Christmas but the winter solstice. It’s a holiday that had traditionally been observed with orgiastic revelry.Thus, in Maine until well into the 19th century, many churches were locked on Christmas Day. Businesses, schools, government offices, the courts, were open.A few voices were occasionally raised suggesting that celebrating Christmas was not inherently evil nevertheless. In 1823, Asa Rand, an editor of the Congregational publication, the Christian Mirror, asked his readers to be a bit less judgmental toward those who observed the day in some fashion. Still, Rand did not go so far as to encourage his readers to join in the celebrations.The next year, in keeping with the non-observance of Christmas, an 1824 law in Maine afforded only Sundays and “days of public fast or thanksgiving” a bit of legal recognition. The law passed that year provided that a three day period of grace for paying certain kinds of debts would be shortened up to only two days if the third day fell on one of those two dates.Similarly, when in 1836 Maine lawmakers first officially declared legal holidays for the purpose of mandating closure of the state’s Court system Christmas was not one of them. Instead, only the Fourth of July and Election days were ones so ordained.The next year, in 1837, the Portland Transcript weighed in on the subject. It suggested that it was unfair for Episcopalians and Catholics – then a distinct minority in Maine – to have all the fun at Christmas. The Transcript urged an exchange of gifts on the occasion.As time marched on, the increasing influx of settlers from Quebec, Germany and elsewhere made an impact on Maine’s cultural landscape. Santa Claus, Kris Kringle, and St. Nicholas were too ingratiating to be disregarded.A Christmas tree was spotted in Farmington in 1840. Even though Thanksgiving joined the list of official Maine holidays in l841, Christmas was still not yet among them.In 1843, Charles Dickens did his part, however, with his moving story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim.In 1852 – a year after the state adopted Prohibition for the first time – the Maine legislature was still slow to take notice and the recognition it gave to the 25th of December. When it did it seemed a bit more in keeping with Scrooge than Tiny Tim. This was a law that added Christmas to the list of holidays that would occasion an acceleration of the three day grace period on notes and similar debts to two days if the third day fell on it. Its only beneficiaries were thus people to whom money was owed rather than the other way around.Finally, by 1858, the legislature added Christmas to the list of official legal holidays. Their action took the form of a law that mandated closure of the state Court system that day.Maine of course was by no means alone in its early reluctance to bestow holiday status on Christmas. Moreover, the approach Maine took in withholding holiday recognition of the day also finds some support both within and without Christian culture today.Two thousand twenty confronts a holiday season with trepidation, insecurity, and uncertainty. The history of ways in which it has been recognized illustrates that this year will not be the first when Maine people will have developed a different way in which it will be observed and there may be a bit of solace to recall the nature of our predecessors’ treatment of the holidays.As Bob Hope once observed, “When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”Paul Mills is a Farmington attorney well known for his analyses and historical understanding of public affairs in Maine; he can be reached by e-mail [email protected]last_img read more

Off Top! Adam Deitch and Headnodic Connect On “First Takes” Album [Premiere/Free Download]

first_imgDrummer/producer wunderkind Adam Deitch and Crown City Rockers founder Headnodic have connected on a ground-breaking new album of analog-future hip-hop entitled First Takes. With an avant-garde approach to creativity and recording, coupled with a shared affinity for the golden-era of Boom-Bap, this dynamic duet has the power to usher in a new exploratory era in beat-making. By embracing a no-rules philosophy First Takes has Deitch and Headnodic reimagining the (former) limits of hip-hop production, employing improvisation as a state of mind.Download the record here, and check out a review and interview below.“T’s Departure” is 1970’s blaxploitation vibe personified, a hard-driving funk groove thumping beneath dramatic strings and a big swirling hook. “King’s Town” transports you to the yardie spot, an organic, bare bones romp through the jazzy dancehall, runnin’ tings with rudebwoy swagger, as Deitch’s jungle rimshots and astounding hi-hat sizzle set a frenetic pace. Headnodic matches colors and sonics with Blunted in the Bomb Shelter-type aplomb. “Data Decimator” unleashes tribalized b-boy riddims with a nod to DJ Shadow, while at the same time hopping the pond to dip in the slowly oozing late 90’s Bristol UK Trip Hop ethos.The tragically short “Swivel” is a Creed Taylor wet dream, with luscious boom-bap breaks, Bob James Rhodes action, Headnodic bringing a flair for flamboyant like his name was Big L. “Neferttiti’s Theme” unveils a grown n’ sexy, the vibe akin to the Madlib Blue Note rare groove old-school; yet Headnodic’s lyrical, musical approach to on-the-fly sample-craftmanship, and the resulting future bass madness, undermines any period specific elements by catapulting the listener to newfound galaxies in sound.“Wamp Rats” is a class in new school blues, a track that locks into an undeniably hip hop format, only to be sliced to shreds with an eargasmic harmonica solo scratched to the surface by Pretty Lights turntable henchman Chris Karns. “The Stage” delivers the dearly departed Shaolin heyoka Ol’ Dirty Bastard to the forefront of a decidedly pimpadelic throwback sample, Headnodic spearheading an excursion to the depths of a chamber at once familiar yet unclaimed. “Nyx” is a clear and present nod to a generation sublime; Pretty Lights Music and it’s ever-evolving diaspora. A classic kick-snare Deitch beat powers the emotional, colorful lament filled with wah-wah guitars, triumphant horns, and soulful R&B crooning.With bombastic Adam Deitch beats storming the soundscape with both reckless abandon and military grade precision, the songs have more bounce to the ounce than your average quasi-loopdigga, or drunken-monkey beat tape. Headnodic’s exotic, imaginative sample collages, engineering mastery and a sixth sense for making heads bob like emergency brakes, the stage is serendipitously set for a wild ride to an even furthur side of lysergic synth dreaming. The duo can hang their fitteds (or five panel) on the fact that they have served the Blue Note and CTI legacies, showing love to Rudy Van Gelder, Creed Taylor, as well as the likes of Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights).Deitch and Headnodic have done Madlib, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Evil Dee, and countless other forefathers of the NY’s golden era proud, not to mention modern purveyors of sound design like DJ Shadow, Prefuse73 and Flying Lotus. A potent blend of sample-based collage culture, one-take studio magic betwixt virtuosos of the new millenium, and a chance capturing lightning in a bottle, First Takes is beyond merely just a successful mission; it is a tomorrow promised on this never-ending search for new land. On a day when we may need reminding of artistic and cultural freedom, principled bravery, and affirming ourselves a nation that holds one fact to be self evident: Deitch beats definitely don’t quit.Hot Takes with Berklee brothers in Boom-Bap: A Conversation with Adam Deitch and Headnodic. L4LM: Adam. Thanks for the making the time, and sliding L4LM this dope record for the premiere. Tell us more! Adam Deitch: I just did the album with Ethan (Headnodic). I went to Berklee with him back in the 90’s, he was the dopest producer, even way back then! Check the credits.[Founding member (and often producer and engineer) of the acclaimed Hip-Hop bands Mission: & Crown City Rockers. His career includes collaborations with indie Hip-Hop heavyweights MF Doom, Jr. Gong Damian Marley, Brother Ali, Mr. Lif, Lyrics Born, DJ Shadow, Zion I, Chali 2na, Moe Pope, Del The Funky Homosapien, & more. He is also one-third of the Hip-Hop supergroup The Mighty Underdogs with Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious) and Lateef The Truth Speaker (Latryx).]L4LM: So you recently connected with him in the studio? AD: He put together a bunch of sampled loops, and then I recorded live drums on top. He then came back and added the live bass, moogs, and other sounds. All of my drum tracks were First Takes, thus the album title. Really thing the Pretty Lights kids will love this analog tasty treat.I would like to add that Headnodic was, to me, representing the new breed of musicians, who were also capable of producing records and had knowledge of samplers, sequencers, mixing techniques etc. as well as a deep understanding of many styles of Hip Hop. He is going to give you a greater understanding of how this project came together.[note: Deitch then connected L4LM to Headnodic, live and direct from the Bay Area.]L4LM: Ethan (Headnodic), thanks for making some time for Live for Live Music. Please tell us a bit about how you dreamt this up? And then brought it fruition? Adam is a very busy cat, always gigging, always moving. And you are out here on the West Coast, so couldn’t be easy. Headnodic: Adam’s band Lettuce was out here playing a several day run at the Fillmore in SF and I invited him to come record at my spot. I thought maybe I would get a handful of 2 bar drum breaks to loop up, maybe he’d track a full structured drum take to one of my “works in progress”, maybe even two.L4LM: I bet this session was a power hour personified. Tell us, what ended up going down when he came through? Headnodic: This dude came to my house with only an hour to play with (he was late for a flight to somewhere). Luckily, I prepped the night before and laid out a ProTools session with 15 or so beats that I had done (with the programmed drums muted). He walked in and we skipped the “hello hi” stuff, and he just threw on the headphones and sat down at the kit. The mics were prepped and the pre-amps were all warmed up. I hit play/record and the beat came on. What he did is what you hear on the record.L4LM: So it was like a jam session, with samples. And you just left them as is?Headnodic: I’m an editor and I love to chop and loop and fly and sample and yatta yatta, but I didn’t want to do sh*t to this drum take. It was game tight. By the time that song ended in his headphones, I had already slid the next one into the ProTools session and in real time he hit it in one take… Threw on another… First Take… Another… First Take… We only had an hour or so, but what he did is what you hear on the record… all first takes.L4LM: Philosophically, please tell our readers about what the First Takes record is all about. Kind of reminds me of Hov, just going in the booth, bars off top, letting it fly. Headnodic: I really wanted to produce this project with the feel of this session in mind. There’s a vibe to this collection of songs that stems from the narrative of it’s creation. This sh*t was live in the studio, dude was on fire and the excitement of that needed to stay on tape. Anything he played, I left as is.To structure the song, I edited the samples and instruments that I laid around his performance and even that editing was minimal. He naturally knew where my all of beats were going. A lot of that intuitive speak comes from the fact that we share the vocabulary of the same era of hip hop beats, but another good chunk of it is that I saw him play back in the late 90s when we were both at Berklee College in Boston and I began to steal his drum fills for the drum programming on my beats, so I’m guessing my tracks & arrangements felt a little like home for him.L4LM: The drums are mic’d so ILL. I mean, it’s has the juiciest, warmest analog feel, so loose and Jay Dee-drunk but still tight as nails. It goes so hard, too. How did you go about getting Adam to sound so right, Ethan?Headnodic: “I use a lot of mics on the kit, keep the drums dead and room dry, and spend a good amount of time dialing in the sound in post. Each track has a distinctly different sound and I wanted the drums to sit comfortably in each landscape, but I also wanted Adam to stick out in the mix and take a starring role. I made a bus of all of the room mics and overheads, and then another with the close mics with effects and coloration (a lot of gating & compression, but no sound replacer or anything like that). I then went back and forth with levels and side-chaining and all that good-good to really find the balance on each one. I go for that analog 70s feeling, and I’m glad you feel it came across on “tape”, but it’s actually all plugins and digital flim-flammerey. I pride myself on making stuff sound good on a budget.Our homie (drummer) Max MacVeety and I spent a good many dead-broke years experimenting with drums trying to make em sound like a million bucks.L4LM: Yes! Love Max. Got hip to him through Karl Denson but I know he runs with Lyrics Born these days. And he’s in that new D.J. Williams krewe Shots Fired! Shout out to Max MacVeety! Headnodic: As far as mixing, I pushed myself to keep the drums very human and push them way into the front. Often I’ll mix to get the Boom & Bap to dominate and it sets a pedestal for the emcee, but since this project is intentionally instrumental I wanted to let that polyrhythmic aspect of rhymes fall on the ghost note work on the snare and the hi-hat. Then push the Boom Bap back in a bit. It’s a delicate balance.”L4LM: Rest assured, every element is lining up right on this record. Great balance, on so many levels. There are a few features on the record. How did they come about? Headnodic: We were blessed with some amazing performances on this project. Chris Karns came in and laid down an amazing harmonica solo, made even more amazing when you take in the fact that he did with a turntable (it’ll make sense when you hear it). We also got some of my Crown City Rockers family Kat O1O & Raashan Ahmad as well as DJ Cutso (from the Bangerz) on a joint. As for the future, who knows? It’s just good to know that we only need an hour or so to get busy like this.L4LM: Adam Deitch, with some final thoughts on Headnodic, the First Takes album release (premiering on Live for Live Music), and the big question everyone wants to know: can the people hold out hope for some kind of live performances of this material with Ethan? AD: Most competent musicians I knew in the mid 90s weren’t even thinking of making their own tracks. Ethan was already doing that. His production aesthetic was an influence on my style of beats and it was a total honor for me to collaborate with him in this way. For this release, we decided to drop it for free, we were inspired by the “Pretty Lights method” of releasing music. And we absolutely will try to play a few shows in 2017 (schedules permitting).Words/Interview: B. GetzPhotos by John Coyne, Leo Docuyanan, B.a.D. PhotographyDon’t miss Adam Deitch pulling double duty at the upcoming Fool’s Paradise, playing with host band Lettuce as well as an exciting collaboration between Break Science and Manic Focus dubbed Manic Science. More information about the festival, which is held in St. Augustine, FL from March 31 – April 1, can be found here.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Lupita Nyong’o Talks Her Off-Broadway Debut & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Lupita Nyong’o on EclipsedWe’ve got a British stage and screen vet to thank for Lupita Nyong’o’s return to the boards this fall! “One of the things Emma Thompson encouraged me to do was get back to the stage,” the Oscar winner admitted to Vogue, “and this is advice I have taken very seriously.” Oskar Eustis, the artistic director of New York’s Public Theater, also revealed to the magazine that he offered Nyong’o any stage role, but that “she had fallen in love with a play called Eclipsed, set during the Liberian Civil War…Who am I to say no to Lupita?” Nyong’o will begin previews in Danai Gurira’s work on September 29 and officially open on October 14 at the Public’s LuEsther Theater.Cry-Baby Album Sets Release Date The “Misery, Agony, Helplessness, Hopelessness, Heartache and Woe” that Cry-Baby fans around the world have been suffering since June 22, 2008 is, at long last, at an end. We now know that the previously reported Broadway cast recording of Cry-Baby: The Musical will be released digitally on September 25 and in stores on October 9, courtesy of Broadway records, so it’s time to dry those tears!Roger Rees Memorial DetailsA memorial tribute will be held for Tony winner Roger Rees on Monday, September 21 at 1:00 PM at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre. Doors will open at 12:30 PM, with general admission seating available to the public. Rees, who was last seen on Broadway earlier this year opposite Chita Rivera in The Visit, died of brain cancer on July 10 at the age of 71. Drew Gasparini Joins Forces With Alex BrightmanComposer and singer/songwriter Drew Gasparini is heading to Webster Hall. The Smash and stage scribe will play the Marlin Room on September 28, with Drew Gasparini Live featuring appearances from multiple Broadway faves including School of Rock’s Alex Brightman, Wicked’s F. Michael Haynie and Les Miz’s Andrew Kober. For a taster of what to expect, check out the video below. Related Shows Eclipsedlast_img read more

LCBP to award $840,000 in grants for lake cleanup, restoration, education

first_imgThrough the effort of Senator Patrick Leahy, the LCBP and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Lake Champlain Office will receive over six million dollars to be allocated over the next three years to improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat within the Lake Champlain ecosystem. Our next E-News will provide more detail on these projects. This week the Lake Champlain Basin Program released several requests for proposals, seeking to award up to $840,000 in local pollution prevention, aquatic invasive species spread prevention, and education grants. Funding for the grants comes through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency. The amount of the grant awards for pollution prevention and aquatic invasive species grants has increased to $25,000 this year and education grants will be capped at $7,500.Small organizational support grants for local watershed groups also are included in this grant round. The deadline to submit proposals is October 7, 2010. For further information, log onto http://www.lcbp.org/grants.htm(link is external). Image: Beth Card, NEIWPCC Director of Water Quality, signs the Great Lakes Fishery Commission MOU, with Senator Leahy and James Geiger of the US Fish and Wildlife Service looking on. Marc Gaden of the GLFC and Curt Spalding of the US EPA were also present. Photo by LCBP.last_img read more