ALEX PALL: THE SENSATIONAL BAND MEMBER OF THE CHAINSMOKERS

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.

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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.

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The Chainsmokers Lead Tributes To Avicii At The 2018 Billboard Music Awards

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.

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How Producer Lawrence Bender Made “Pulp Fiction” A Household Name

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.

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Doug Levitt’s American Ride

Doug Levitt has been riding the bus for over ten years and does not show any signs of stopping in the near future. Even when his seat mate is a former Neo Nazi gentleman, who just got released from jail. Turns out his seat mate was a stand up guy who offered to split his food, and sit on the floor so Levitt could catch some sleep. More about Doug at https://soundcloud.com/doug-levitt

This has become one of the reasons why Doug Levitt still travels across the country and back. He likes having his finger on the pulse of America and considers his traveling, song writing and storytelling as a way of life now, not a project anymore.

Levitt, a former CNN foreign correspondent, started riding the bus as a job going from one undecided town to the next, trying to sway potential voters to register and vote for then Presidential candidate John Kerry. After the job was finished, Doug stayed on the bus meeting a cross section of the American public who are the working America so often misrepresented.

That is how The Greyhound Diaries were born. Levitt wanted to share the plight of every day Americans and spread awareness about the real economic state of America. He saw the economic crunch coming way before it arrived and predicted Trump would win the election a full year before the final vote.

Traveling and sharing stories with strangers has helped Levitt’s mental well being also. Doug has had some personal issues left over from when his dad committed suicide as Doug was entering his teen years. Talking about the trauma has been very cathartic for Doug. One could say there is a feeling of strangers helping strangers when personal stories are shared.

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Norka Luque: Talent and Miraculous Voice

Determination, perseverance, and dedication to music has led to Norka Luque to be a recognized singer internationally. Her unique name matches the personality of this Venezuelan, who had a spectacular debut in 2011 with her first single, and shortly after, performed at the Billboard Bash in 2012.

Norka knows how to overcome life’s challenges and find ways to succeed. More than just a pretty face, Norka Luque has fought hard to reach the position where she now shines. In a single week, Norka rose from ninth place to first in the ranking of the “Top Record Report Salsa” music in Venezuela with her tropical hit “Milagro.”

Soon, America welcomed her music and her English version song “Miracle” set a new and tropical style fusion of various genres musicals. Her innovation was a success. According to Billboard, “Miracle” reached eleventh place for a week as a favorite in dance club music.

Norka Luque has an innate musical talent running through her veins, creating new rhythms that have led her to the pinnacle among the best performers. She was nominated “Premio Lo Nuestro” in the category of Best Female Pop Artist of the Year 2011 with her first single “As You Do It”, which has earned her several awards.

There is a great quality of people who were born to be outstanding: giving up fear of taking the first step. Immediately, she earned an audition with Crescent Moon music studios of Emilio and Gloria Estefan to demonstrate her talent and won the approval of the famous music entrepreneurs.

For as long as she can remember, Norka’s music career began at a young age. As a little girl, she liked the music so much that she could not sleep without listening to it. At an early age, she recorded songs from prominent Latin artists, and a star was born.

Norka was able to develop her talent following highly advanced lessons in music, play instruments such as the piano, and dance classes with the best teachers. Combined with her potential and efforts, Norka’s earned her awards recognized as “The Golden Voice,” and won many local competitions in Venezuela.

Many adverse circumstances have made her appreciate life. Norka Luque is convinced that her destiny is the music and she is willing to convey the messages of love, hope, and courage. In 2016, this brave singer is preparing her new musical release.

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