As the monsoons arrive in the Capital, here’s something to add to its romance. The Big Fat Lulu’s bring you the guitarists Adil Manuel and Dhruv Visvanath to enthrall you with their foot tapping music. We got talking with the musicians. What was the first big break for you?Adil: Way back in school. 8th grade. Getting to play King’s X tunes with my old friend and mentor Chris Hale. I am self taught so I owe a lot to people like Chris.Dhruv: Definitely getting to open for Swarathma in the month of March, 2011. It was also my first set at Hard Rock Cafe and I was well nervous. I was initially supposed to accompany them on a track of theirs, but they asked for me to open the night. They really motivate me to be the best musician I can be. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How would you define your musical philosophy?Adil: I do not like definition and putting music in boxes. I have always been open minded about music thanks to the way I grew up with so much music all around me. Dhruv: My philosophy when making music is simple, I always try to represent emotions. In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?Adil: It depends on the kind of mark you’d like to leave behind. It’s not like how it was. Anybody with a webcam can be the next big thing. Quality control and content is at it’s lowest. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDhruv: It has it’s own difficulties but there are some bright spots. The scene does need a little bit of order, but the beauty of the scene here is that there is a sense of camaraderie among artistes. Indian independent artistes do have a vibrant character but it’s often hindered by the fact we can’t project their sound efficiently. I’d just be happy to see venues have some good sound!Tell us a bit about your music, what do you think defines you ? Adil: The focus these days is straight ahead jazz/bop as I haven’t done it for a long while and felt the need to play it again and learn more! This is very different from the sound last year which was jazz fusion, blues and funk. Something that I love a lot!Dhruv: I love making acoustic music. I compose a lot of instrumental music and always try to express emotions in a way words can’t. I really like being expressive with my instrument and bring out many band like elements. I love using the entire guitar body to replicate the drums, the bass, and the guitar of course!What/Who inspires you? Adil: I have been inspired by people whom I’ve played with and in turn, learnt from. Some started out as unknown and later into good friends and fellow musicians. Like others I too have my guitar heroes from my early ones. I am most interested in improvisation and try to keep the music fresh.Dhruv: I’m really inspired by what people feel and emotions, also my family. My mum is also a massive inspiration to me. My brother too, he has his moments! I really love guitarists like Antoine Dufour and Erik Mongrain who make a name for themselves in a genre that seems rather tightly knit! Tell us about your best tracks?Adil: No favorites, they each have a specific thing happening. It will be challenging playing trio and I am going to have a blast with the other two!Dhruv: I don’t quite know which ones are the best! But every time I write a new track I always think its better than my last work! Although I do have songs like Can’t, After the Rain, Dover, Chaos which I love playing live, and I hope to cheer up many an audience with these tunes for a long time!What lies next in the pipeline?Adil: Will spill the beans when the time is right….hint…new collaborations! Dhruv: At the moment I’ve been working on collaborative pieces with many artistes, and the list is growing. Im working on my 5th collaborative piece with some more artistes, but all to come very soon! What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?Adil: Get down and practice! Make it count and find your voice. Stop looking for shortcuts. Be honest to yourself. Dhruv: The one suggestion is that we are all newbies is constant learning. One must always learn and explore with their instrument.
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June 25, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. During a recent cab ride on business in China, my driver relayed to me that his riders almost never pay him in cash, and when they do — because it is so rare — he becomes quite suspicious, fearful that they may be paying him with counterfeit bills. Indeed, most people in China don’t carry a wallet at all. There’s no need to tote around cash or credit cards because the vast majority of people in the country pay via apps on their phone, for everything from cabs to food orders to doctor bills, and far beyond.One could even say that payment methods in China are years ahead of most other countries, East and West. It’s the closest thing to a “cashless society” on the planet. China’s roughly 1.4 billion people comprise just under 20 percent of the world’s population, but the country will account for the majority of the proximity mobile payment user base globally this year, according to data from eMarketer.Related: What the Designer of Fitbit Wants to Revolutionize NextLong detached from the global financial services sector, China has in recent decades developed an advanced fintech ecosystem that has catapulted the country to the front of the pack in mobile payments, with many emerging markets now looking to China amid a global fintech revolution. What explains China’s outsized leadership in the payment space?From far behind to far ahead.Until relatively recently, the notion that China would be recognized for its advanced financial services tools would have been highly implausible. Prior to the economic reforms of the late 20th century, there were almost no private banks in the country at all. But these financial gaps are actually the very thing that made China ripe for innovations in payment technology and behavior.Without legacy financial systems such as robust banking or credit and debit card services, China was fertile ground for citizens to leapfrog straight to cutting-edge fintech adoption. It’s much easier to persuade people to use mobile payment services if they’re not wedded to credit or debit cards — payment vehicles that simply never caught on in China.Related: What the Global Marketplace Can Teach U.S. Entrepreneurs About the Future of PaymentsMoreover, as the world’s largest mobile market, China is home to a population that expects an app for any essential task. In the new China, a mobile phone is not merely a convenient connection to the world; it’s essential to your daily routine. From the vantage of mobile-savvy consumers, the thought of banking middlemen would seem out of place — a mindset that has also fueled the significant rise of online and P2P lending in China.In many ways, this skipped generation of traditional payment technologies shares similarities with the African market, where a lack of banking infrastructure also propelled phone payment popularity. And what was born of necessity may just transform financial services worldwide.Cards are going away (for ecommerce).Though the rest of the world lags behind China in mobile payment penetration, such behavior is growing everywhere, with credit and debit card payments for ecommerce expected to drop online by 46 percent worldwide by 2019, according to a report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Significantly, Western tech behemoths have been entering the space, and that trend will likely rise.Related: How Digital Wallets and Mobile Payments Are Evolving and What It Means for YouThe sophistication and entrenchment of the Western financial services system have so far inhibited wholesale mobile payment disruption. Still, the eye-opening cashless payment model in China, the growing commercial, cultural and tourism links between China and the rest of the world and the eagerness of the global tech giants to get in on the mobile payment game will likely disrupt the Western status quo. All this, while also spurring the development of even more sophisticated mobile payment technologies, creating a virtuous cycle tilted toward cashless options.Cultural habits around money die hard.Nonetheless, for mobile payments to gain footholds in more markets, a diverse mix of cultural, historical and economic issues will need to be resolved. In Germany, for example, a deeply ingrained aversion to debt and historical fears surrounding currency stability have helped maintain a largely cash-based society, according to a survey taken by the European Central Bank last year. Other Westerners cherish the perks of their credit cards and may not buy into the value proposition of mobile payment services … at least, for now.Still, the convenience and plain financial sense of cashless societies suggest that the West will only find itself playing mobile catch-up for the foreseeable future. China’s leadership in the field takes on additional poignance when considering the global competition between China, the U.S. and other players for preeminence in a range of innovation spheres, including AI and electric or autonomous vehicles. Are payments just one leg in an international race for tech supremacy?
With the Super 8s just two weeks away Justin Holbrook’s side produced one of their most committed performances to date.The first half in particular was the best this season as they led 24-6.Danny Richardson and Theo Fages were at the hub, complemented by the lively James Roby and Jon Wilkin.They then weathered a strong Trinity second half fightback before running in two more tries.Richardson opened the scoring in the eighth minute after his deft kick forced a drop out.The pack did the damage and then the youngster backed himself, dropped his shoulder and sliced through the defence.But from the restart Saints dropped the ball and Matty Ashurst scored against his former employers.Saints spurned chances to get back in front but in the 18th minute the evergreen James Roby took his chance.This time it was Fages with the kick – Roby following it up and having the awareness to pounce after it had hit the bottom of the left post.It didn’t take long for Saints to increase that advantage too.Richardson set Ryan Morgan away on the right hand side; he popped it into the hands of Tommy Makinson who chipped over the top and then reclaimed the ball.Majestic stuff from the winger.Saints had their tails up and on the half hour mark scored again.Fages pushed his nose through and was hauled down by the defence but a quick play the ball saw Zeb Taia combine with Mark Percival to set Regan Grace flying down the left side side to touch down.24-6 to the Saints at half time.Clearly well the front foot, Saints needed to start the second half as they did the first – but they conceded within the first couple of minutes.A knock on gave the hosts to the chance to take advantage and Scott Grix profited.And five minutes later it was almost game on as Saints had to defend back to back penalties.But Wakefield spilled the ball.Scrappy play was affecting both side’s attacking capabilities but Saints D was called up on numerous occasions to quell Trinity’s fast play.But Percival added his fifth goal of the afternoon to edge Saints out after Taia was dragged back as he went for a Richardson kick.Wakefield aren’t a top four side this season for no reason through and on the hour mark a free-flowing passing move saw Mason Caton-Brown pull his side to within 10 points.Percival added another penalty in the 67th minute to settle the nerves before LMS came up with the gamebreaker.Richardson’s monster kick was tapped back by Makinson and it was sent through hands for prop to scorch over.Zeb Taia then crossed following a Fages’ break.And Danny Richardson capped a great performance with a drop goal as the hooter sounded.Match Summary:Trinity: Tries: Ashurst, Grix, Caton-Brown Goals: Finn (2 from 3)Saints: Tries: Richardson, Roby, Makinson, Grace, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Taia Goals: Percival (8 from 8) Drop: RichardsonPenalties Awarded: Trinity: 9 Saints: 4HT: 6-24 FT: 16-41REF: J ChildATT: 5580Teams:Trinity: 1. Scott Grix; 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 4. Reece Lyne, 3. Bill Tupou, 24. Mason Caton-Brown; 14. Sam Williams, 7. Liam Finn; 33. Adam Walker, 9. Kyle Wood, 17. Craig Huby, 32. Dean Hadley, 11. Matty Ashurst, 16. Tinirau Arona. Subs: 8. Anthony England, 12. Danny Kirmond, 20. David Fifita, 34. James Hasson.Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 24. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 36. Zeb Taia, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 10. Kyle Amor, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 20. Morgan Knowles.