Alex Pall grew up in New York and was passionate about DJing where he based his career. While in an art gallery he found out that dance music was taking much of his time and wanted to give it a shot. His manager introduced him to Andrew, and they started working immediately.
Andrew Taggart, on the other hand, was a college student before meeting Alex. He was interested in DJing and was among the first people to love electronic music. He always made music and was starting to produce. He managed to play at a few shows and put a few songs on SoundCloud which was enough to encourage him. He attended Syracuse in L.A. and was an intern at Interscope who were in a way managing him. Four years ago he took a bus from Maine to New York City and met with Alex, and they got along.
Andrew with his incredible production talents and Alex with the many DJ gigs and his social marketing strategy got to work almost immediately after sharing ideas. The duo works with songwriters as well as writing the songs with them; they either write the songs or guide the writers.
Chainsmokers is at a point where they feel the need to identify themselves and make a long list of work to go along with it and not just three random hit singles, six good songs, few dance records and perhaps an interlude, which is common in most of the DJ albums available.Chainsmokers is getting more on the international scene with fans from South Africa and also the Philippines with an audience of 16 to 25, but the songs are still transcending age.
Lately, their audience has changed to over 30 and under 15, and the pressure is on when they have to perform their songs.The Chainsmokers believe that with the expansion of their audience, they try to keep up with the trends and also bringing new and vibrant shows. They think that when an artist gets complacent, then someone else takes the spot. For them, it’s about being at the forefront of pursuing new heights and giving their fans new experiences.
Award season is always a time when those who have been lost from a certain industry are remembered by their peers. At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, electronic dance music duo The Chainsmokers led tributes to the late Swedish DJ, Avicii who died on April 20, 2018, in an apparent suicide. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers took to the stage alongside their oft-collaborator, Halsey to present the Top Hot 100 Song to Luis Fonsi and took a few moments to remember the electronic dance music pioneer.
The award ceremony at the Las Vegas Grand Garden Arena was the first time many of the industry had assembled since the death of the Swedish DJ whose real name was Tim Bergling. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart stressed the need to remember the good work of the DJ before a room filled with their peers while Halsey made a point of the joy the DJ brought to his fellow musicians and his fans around the world. The Chainsmokers made a point of thanking Avicii when they picked up the award for the Best Electronic Dance Music Act for 2018 and dedicated their win to his memory. Andrew Taggart expressed his feelings by stating Avicii showed his fellow electronic dance music fans a career could be created from music.
The Chainsmokers have recently returned to the music scene after a short hiatus during which allowed them to develop a live sound featuring a full band for the first time. Rising to fame in 2014 with the release of their debut single, “#Selfie” before releasing their debut album, “Memories… Do Not Open” in 2017. The duo began their career as DJs in New York City and have continued to develop their skills as DJs with a residency at the Las Vegas nightclub, XS. The release of their “SickBoy EP“ included a single release each month to continue their impressive rise to prominence.
There are few producers that can claim a resume that includes three Academy Award Best Picture nominations. However, there is one producer who knows how to score at the award shows as well as the box office. That producer, Lawrence Bender, has been the driving force behind some of the most popular films of the last quarter of a century.
Before becoming one of the biggest producers in Hollywood, Lawrence Bender was a struggling B-movie producer looking for his big break. And that opportunity would arrive when he met a struggling Hollywood writer looking to make it as a director. The two met at a mutual friend’s barbecue. And it wasn’t long before the two hit it off. The wannabe director quickly pitched the idea of a violent bank robbery gone wrong. And Lawrence Bender saw his opportunity. Mr. Bender enlisted the writer, Quentin Tarantino, to put his idea to paper. Together they would put together a crime film that would rock the art house world.
That film, “Reservoir Dogs” would go on to hit the big screen in the summer of 1992 to rave reviews from indie critics. While some mainstream critics couldn’t make heads or tails of the film, the two filmmakers were not deterred. Just two years later, Tarantino and Bender would change the world of cinema with one of the most groundbreaking films of all time – “Pulp Fiction.”
“Pulp Fiction” would become Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece. And for Lawrence Bender, the film would be his passport to big budget movie production. The film, produced on a mere $8 million dollar budget, would go on to gross more than $100 million dollars in the United States alone. The film would also earn Mr. Bender the first of three Academy Award nominations for Best Picture.
Born in the Bronx, Lawrence Bender has produced hits for over three decades. Some of Mr. Bender’s more notable films include, “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill Volume One,” “Kill Bill Volume Two,” and “Good Will Hunting.” As he enters the next decade of his career, movie fans and Hollywood insiders await what next great film Lawrence Bender has up his sleeve.