Andy C

Croatia Countdown: DnB Pioneer Andy C Talks Outlook Festival, Ram Records Legacy

VIBE is heading to Outlook Festival 2013 for a large dose of the best bass music, reggae, hip-hop, garage and beyond. "Croatia Countdown" is your go-to resource for insider 411 from this year's elite offering of dance music scions leading up to the storied and vibrant music-a-thon.

Break out the plum rakia cocktails, enjoy a beautiful break, hold your breath for those breakdowns, dance freely to breakbeats...It all goes down August 29th - September 2nd (plus a special amphitheatre kick-off show with The Original Wailers on August 28th), under the Croatian sun with the scenic seascape of Puna serving as the backdrop.

This Week on the Decks: DnB Pioneer Andy C

What are you looking forward to most about getting back out on tour?
The crowd, the vibe, and having a party with everyone in front of me.

What acts are you looking forward to most at Outlook Festival?
Andy C: Unfortunately, I’m pretty much only going to be there for my set due to other commitments. The line up is absolutely fantastic and looks bigger than ever. I’m very proud that we’re (RAM) one of the first label brands ever to take over the main stage.

What makes Outlook unique?
There’s lots of factors but for me the main one is the location. It’s not the easiest place to get to so once you’re there you just have to let go and get involved. The setting is stunning and that coupled with some of the biggest acts in the world it’s the perfect recipe for a party.

How do your sets vary from festival to festival? Do you cater to a market or vibe?
To a degree but I always try and get on the same vibe as the crowd anyway - I’m there to have a party!! Usually within the first 15 minutes or so, I can see where we can go and hopefully we all go on a journey together.

Can you describe your sound at this moment compared to say a year ago? What about 10 years ago? Can you describe signature Andy C beat?
Forever progressing… the music is always evolving and forever inspiring but I always pull out tunes from a year ago, ten years ago, and even 20 years ago. There’s certain tunes from back then that will seem like the most amazing thing to someone that’s never heard it before. Especially when they see the reaction from the crowd that knew these tunes when they first came out. It’s part of building that vibe and pulling everything together. Sets change but certain tunes just stand the test of time.

What are you working on now? You recently remixed Rudimental, Major Lazer, Mat Zo… all dope and so technically skilled… What’s the next output for Andy C the producer?
I’m working on quite a bit of solo material at the moment. Summer is always difficult to get in the studio tho as the touring schedule is just nuts. I’ve booked a bit of time off to go back in the studio in September and I should hopefully have a single ready for around that time.

Can you talk about the legacy of Ram Records, some of the great names and the artists you’ve released.
What can I say… we’ve been fortunate enough to have released tracks and remixes from pretty much every big name that’s ever graced the DnB world. Ram has been key in the development of some huge acts that are now household names and I’m very proud of that. Although I must say, Ram has a great team that works very hard behind the scenes to make it all happen, and we have a wealth of talent signed to the label right now. The future for Ram is looking very very strong indeed.

What do you have coming up right now on Ram Records? You’re releasing new music from Loadstar, Wilkinson, and other bass greats-rising. Discuss a bit.
We’ve just released Loadstar’s debut album, Future Perfect, and are putting together a remix package for that as we speak. Wilkinson album is due over the summer and he has some huge singles to come from that, definitely one to watch. Hamilton has got an extended EP which is sounding so strong. We’ve got a remix 12 from Rene LaVice’s album, singles from Calyx & Teebee, Mind Vortex, and DC Breaks. The list is endless - basically just loads and loads of great music!

What else does the future hold for Ram Records?
We’ve just announced our event at Brixton Academy in November which is a huge step for us. The is a real moment as far as our events go so it’s all hands on deck to make that a success. We’re taking the brand on the road around the world with stages, take-overs, club nights etc. around the world. We have a new merchandise range coming along with a complete new website. It’s making us tired just thinking about all the releases and everything we have on the go. It's all good though, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

VIBE (along with many others) have referred you as a pioneer in drum n bass… how does that make you feel? Don’t say old!
Seriously, it’s flattering but I’ve still got so much more to give. There’s plenty of people in our scene that have contributed so much to what we have. DnB is a movement and I’m proud to be one of the guys flying the DnB flag!

What do you think of American dubstep? Skrillex? Bassnectar?
I think what those guys do is great. I’m great friends with a lot of them and trust me, I love to see a party go off no matter what genre! At the end of the day, many styles make up this huge scene and we all play very important roles in moving things forward.

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Issa Rae is expanding into the world of natural hair care. The Insecure creator and star became the co-owner and face of Sienna Natural, a vegan product line for textured hair.

Rae partnered with Sienna Naturals CEO Hannah Diop to rebrand the company. “I think hair has always been part of my identity,” Rae told Allure. “[Even my] debut was a big chop that I did for Awkward Black Girl.”

Rae’s interest in the natural haircare industry was peaked after watching Diop’s “journey,” in products creation. “I’d been watching Hannah's journey for a while, seeing her developing these products. I got interested in the natural, organic side of hair care. I felt like this was a great opportunity to partner up — not to mention obviously loving what the products did for my own hair.”

Sienna Naturals products are made from “lightweight natural ingredients free from synthetics, harsh chemicals” and “heavy oils.”

The product line includes a Salon in a Box collection for $75, H.A.P.I. Shampoo ($18), Dew Magic leave-in conditioner, and Plant Power deep treatment ($22). Shoppers can visit the Sienna Naturals website to get on the waitlist for product restocks and updates.


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Allow us to reintroduce ourselves… ✨ We are Sienna Naturals and the countdown begins until we’re fully restocked in your shower, so make room! 🚿 Our products are made with lightweight natural ingredients, free of synthetics, harsh chemicals or heavy oils— formulated by women with textured hair for women with textured hair.
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Mural Honoring Chadwick Boseman Unveiled At Disneyland

A new mural honoring Chadwick Boseman made its debut at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney on Thursday (Sept 24). The beautiful art work was painted by Nikkolas Smith, a former Disneyland Imagineer.

The art installation includes an inscription from Smith that reads: “As a former Disney Imagineer, I had the honor of working on a major children's hospital initiative and Avengers Campus as my final two assignments. Seeing Chadwick's heart for people in-person, and later discovering his courageous battle with cancer, I was inspired to create this tribute to honor his life and legacy. To us, he was and will always be T'Challa. Long Live The King.”

The image shows Boseman kneeling alongside a child in a hospital gown while both make the Wakanda salute. The photo is a nod to Boseman’s many hospital visits with sick children, all while he secretly battled colon cancer. The 43-year-old actor passed away from the disease in August.


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The piece, which will be on display until the end of the year, was Smith's final project as a Disney Imagineer, a job that he held for 11 years.

“This one is special,” he explained in an Instagram post. “My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the ‘Avengers’ Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way.” Smith added a note of gratitude to Disney for being supporting of his artistic journey.

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This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. 🐾 It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus. To millions of kids, T'Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I'm so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick's life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist. @waltdisneyimagineering @disney @marvelstudios @disneyland 🐾✨ #LongLiveTheKing #KingChad #WakandaForever #Phambili #DowntownDisney #BlackPanther #ChadwickBoseman #RIPChadwick #WDI

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Breonna Taylor’s Mother Speaks Out After Cops Who Killed Her Daughter Get Off Without Charges

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The Instagram post serves as her first public response to a grand jury failing to bring charges against three Louisville police officers for killing Taylor. On Thursday (Sept. 24), Palmer shared a photo of a woman carrying a sign with the Bible verse: “It’s wrong to favor the guilty and keep the innocent from getting justice.”


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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron held a press conference on Wednesday where he announced that no charges would be brought against Louisville officers Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison for killing Taylor. Hankison was the only one among the three to be charged, but not for Taylor’s death.

In an interview with NPR last week, Palmer expressed her hope that charges would be brought against the officers. “I’m hoping to hear that there will be charges,” she said at the time. “That these people will be fired and arrested.” Hakinson is the only one of the three officers to be fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department after Taylor’s death.

Speaking to her daughter’s character, Palmer stated that the 26-year-old emergency room tech was a “beautiful person inside and out.” She pointed out that Taylor “kept saying that 2020 was her year.”

“And she was absolutely right,” said Palmer. “I hate that it came in that form, but it definitely is her year.”

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