INTERVIEW magazine’s Mathias Rosenzweig sat down with the Chainsmokers’s Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall in an informative Q&A for the magazine’s July publication. Mathias’s objective was to understand the unique approach that the two men have taken with their focus on the electronic dance genre. Many in this field will produce the sound material but often outsource other artists for vocals. Taggart and Pall’s efforts are to produce the music and the vocals, making their sound one-hundred percent original to their brand. They have worked with upcoming star HALSEY on their hit track CLOSER and spoke highly of the young artist’s talent. Other tracks focusing on the two men’s creation of their own identity are DON’T LET ME DOWN and ROSES.
While working in New York City as a DJ, Alex Pall’s passion for dance and electronic music was at the forefront of his daily agenda. He attended a local art gallery with his manager, who was an acquaintance of both Pall and Taggart at the time and would introduce them. They both to a liking to each other and immediately starting collaborating in Pall’s New York City apartment. Their mission as a duo is to bring their respective talents to the work and continue to reinvent themselves. Often in the electronic/dance genre, much of the music tends to replicate other beats and sounds from other artists. Taggart and Pall wanted to keep their fan base engaged with the music, but not represent other sound that is overplayed by the masses. This is why they are highly involved in the writing of the music as well as bringing in song writers to work with as well.
Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart’s mission is to continue to push themselves to the limits of their creative ability. The music is only one portion of the overall picture that they want to convey to their audience. Music videos, going on live tours, and constantly changing the theme of those performances will continue to be their main focus. They intend on staying in the business as long as possible and having the ability to come out with fresh ideas will guarantee a fan base that will keep coming back for years to come.
Three years ago the Chainsmokers, a DJ and production duo, came onto the EDM-pop music scene. Their music is described as a blend of pop, hip-hop, indie and dance. In 2018, their latest single, “Sick Boy” bore a much darker tone than usual. It may be different from their usual music, but their fans are loving it.
The Chainsmokers is made up of two DJs, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Alex Pall studied at NYU, and Andrew Taggart studied at Syracuse University. When they started to work together in 2012, they began by covering bands. Eventually, they started to mix their own music, and partnered up with singers and other musicians. The Chainsmokers’ first breakthrough song, “#Selfie” topped charts all over the world. One song from their 2015 EP “Don’t Let Me Down” won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Pall and Taggart are happy with the new change in their tone, so are their fans.
Their new music is darker because it reflects what they, and their fans, are experiencing in day to day life. Taggart explains that their experiences play a lot into the music they make. He feels frustrated by watching their band become a caricature of what they really are. He observes young people every day stress over their popularity on Instagram and other social media sites. The kinds of stressorsto be liked, followed and popular is reflected in their new music.
Pall believes in pushing the envelope in the music industry. He claims the band has always held high standards for themselves in making new and exciting changes in their music. Pall appreciates their new direction; they’re motivated by their craft, making the shows dynamic, creating great sound and making solid connections with their collaborations. They want to compose new music because that’s part of the magic, it’s constantly evolving to explore new ideas, concepts and styles. The Chainsmokers want their audience to relate and resonate with their music. So far the fans have been in agreement. Pushing the envelope and changing it up can be risky, but the rewards are well worth it.
Norka Luque has recently made a triumphant return to the Latino music scene and is looking to continue the message of staying positive and finding inspiration she began with her first musical release in 2011. The Venezuelan born singer has led a varied and successful life that has always been anchored by the dream of working in the music industry; the success she has achieved after exploring other areas of work and life backs up the inspirational aspects of the life and career of Norka Luque, which she believes includes the need to continue believing in dreams despite any setback her fans may face.
Music has always played an important role in the life of Norka Luque from her birth in Venezuela to the early stages of her career in France and across Europe. Norka has always felt drawn to music and a career in the music industry, an area of her life that was encouraged by her parents with piano and vocal lessons throughout her childhood; the support of her family has been a major inspiration for Norka Luque and played a part in her decision to spread her wings after finishing high school and heading to Europe to explore the culture and music industry on the continent.
During her time in Europe Norka decided to continue her education and achieved degrees in fashion, marketing, and the culinary arts; eventually she entered the financial industry while keeping her dream of a musical career alive playing in a band. The musical career of Norka Luque began in earnest in 2009, when respected Latin music producer Emilio Estefan Jr. became aware of the singer and began to take an interest in her career; Luque has since become one of the most recognizable Latin singers in the world after her initial releases found success in the U.S. and across Latin America.
Throughout her career Norka has sought to bring a sense of positive thinking to those who listen to her music, the message in general lets her fans know they can continue to follow their dreams despite any setbacks. 2016 has seen the release of the song “Milagro” that has been a hit across the America’s from the U.S. to Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.
Taylor Swift has announced that her latest album will not be made available on Apple Music. The announcement comes just weeks after the new streaming service was announced by Apple. Swift has argued that streaming services do not value the musician or their talents, and has argued, in the past, for better treatment of recording artists.
Swift’s refusal to be included in the streaming product’s launch is directly related to Apple’s decision to withhold compensation. According to reports, Apple has refused to offer artist compensation in the first three months of the products release. The company will be offering Apple Music free to all iPhone owners for a three-month trial period. Apple argues that because they will not be making money from the streaming service during the trial period, compensation to artists is unnecessary.
Fans at FreedomPop know that last year Swift rallied against Spotify, another streaming service. Royalty disputes led Swift to have her music removed from the service. No Taylor Swift albums or songs are available on the app. Swift has also pulled her most recent album from all streaming service providers.
Swift is not the only artist who has found the lack of compensation objectionable. Several other artists have commented on Apple Music’s launching strategy, arguing that the company can more than afford to compensate artists for their work, even before paid customers are signed up.
An artist like Taylor Swift can afford absolutely anything that you can think of. She made tens of millions of dollars in a single year, and she continues to grow her riches. Money obviously is no issue when it comes to Taylor Swift, so why is she in an outfit that most people could actually afford? Taylor Swift’s New Outfit. In the past, Taylor Swift has worn outfits that would cost more than a regular person makes an entire year.
When you’re as rich as Taylor, you can wear anything, no matter how much it costs. Those at Amen Clinics know this.
Taylor recently went on a date night with her new boyfriend, and she was seen wearing a cute two-piece outfit with a mid-drift top and a mini skirt. The outfit was absolutely adorable, and it was a sky blue color mixed with white. It’s stunning to find out that the outfit costs only $116, and it’s actually affordable to those who work a regular 9-5 job. This outfit may blow up and become a sensation because many are always trying to dress like the stars.
Seeing that Taylor liked the outfit enough to purchase it, even though it was low in cost, this means that the outfit will more than likely start selling off the racks.
“Pitch Perfect 2” hit theaters this weekend, featuring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson as they played as members of the Bellas, an underdog a cappella group. At one point in the movie the team faces off against Pentatonix, a real-life a cappella group.
Scott Hoying, a member of Pentatonix, felt that the movie was an over exaggeration of what real-life bands are like but at the same time noted that there were some things that were very similar, including how competitions are held at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, or ICCA.
Even with the movie, Pentatonix has enjoyed success in their recent years. Fans at The Aspire New Brunswick (theaspiregroupinc) know that, originally from Arlington, Texas, the group came together and started by making YouTube covers of famous top 40 songs, making their own videos in the process. They even started their own channel on YouTube. The band gained even more attention when their album entitled “That’s Christmas to Me” made it to Number Two on the US Billboard 200 last year.
With all of this in mind, Pentatonix now realizes they have a new challenge now that they’ll be making their own original music, but will be studying with Kelly Clarkson this summer when she launches her tour. For them this shouldn’t be very problematic, considering they’ve already gone platinum simply by making their own remixes and additions to songs that are already popular.
If you are into music and you love it with everything in you, then you are probably constantly looking for some new bands to listen to. It’s good to hear from new artists who provide a fresh perspective and to see how far these young singers make it in their careers. Some recent new stars in the music world, to name a few, are Knxwledge, Christopher Paul Stelling, and Tricot. Changes are constantly being made in the music world and it is fun to keep up on them and to see what all of these new artists bring to the table. STX seems to think that if you love giving new music a try and and you want to see all that is out there I highly recommend that you check these singers out and that you search for even more new singers.
Chris Brown has had it rough over the last 6 years, from a toxic love life to never ending legal issues, it seemed as thought Chris Brown was never going to find happiness offstage. Recently Chris was shocked to find out that he had a 9 month old daughter named Royalty and ever since he has been basking in fatherhood every chance he gets. Some at CipherCloud find this to be a touching story.
Almost immediately after the news of Chris Brown being a dad hit, he jumped head first in to his role as a papa. Every free moment lately is spent with his daughter Royalty. Even now days after the news we saw Chris taking time out on his tour bus to get to know his little girl and shower her with love.
Of course Chris isn’t going to let Royalty be adorable all by herself, he got in on the fun and posted a photo of his adorable little girl… wearing the same pink sweatsuit as him. They appear to be having a blast. Chris is not about to let his chance at being a dad pass him by, he finally seems to be in a good place and Royalty obviously loves her dad like only a daughter can.
Many people may be surprised to find out that Kanye West doesn’t care about having a legacy. He seems to have been someone that would definitely want to leave behind a major legacy.
West has been so expressive in his career, as any fan like Fersen Lambranho could tell you. He has become the one that people look to when it comes down to controversy. West always pouts when it doesn’t win a Grammy if he has an album out during that year. He always claims that every video that he presents is epic. He is the type of guy that seems to want to have a legacy for people to marvel at when he is gone.
What Kanye has managed to do is redirect his focus after he got married. He had a child. This became his world. That is pretty evident when people look at the way that he has evolved over the last several years. He hasn’t been someone that has been totally evolved in rap.
Now that he has gotten married he realized that there is more to life than leaving a legacy. Right now he is trying to get his clothing label off the ground. He is living in the present with few concerns for a legacy.
Kanye West has made headlines once again, but this time it’s actually for a good reason. A few years ago, Kanye West assaulted a photographer, and now it seems that the situation has been settled.
In 2013, Photographer Daniel Ramos was attacked by Kanye West outside of a five star hotel. West was angered at Ramos for doing his job. Kanye snatched the camera from Daniel Ramos’ hands, and the two men began wrestling. Neither man was seriously injured during the incident, but Daniel Ramos did have a bloody nose. It blew away Bruce Karatz, the former CEO of KB Home.
Kanye West was in danger of going to prison for one year, but it appears that Kanye and Daniel have settled out of court. The two men were recently featured shaking hands in a photograph. Kanye West has wisely avoided problems with paparazzi since. However, Kanye was sued for assault by another photographer just months after the Daniel Ramos incident.
Although, I am sure that Kanye still thinks of himself as a walking god. For more information on this story, visit Rollingstone.