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Alex Pall Knows How to Connect

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During his interview with Andy Warhol’s Interview, Alex Pall opened up about the genesis of The Chainsmokers and what motivates the music and method behind their unique brand of electronic music. Pall met up with his full-time collaborator and other half of The Chainsmokers while DJing in New York City and according to Pall, the creative chemistry was immediate.

“I think we both initially knew what we brought to the table” Pall said of the duos early meetings. As the band grew they knew that to reach the level they desired would require full-time dedication and focus. The band met nearly everyday often putting in long hours as they worked to develop as collaborators and artist. The benefits began to show almost immediately. “People relate to our music on such a deeper level, and we want that to be the case more and more,” Pall says.

Part of this development led to the bands decision to directly contribute songwriting and vocals to the music they were creating, an anomaly among electronic artists. The band finds that this is a further way to connect with their audience. “We work with songwriters too but we write the songs with them—they’re about us,” said Paul of the bands decision to write and sing their own lyrics adding “It’s always different but it’s always us.”

This connection casts a wide net. Pall notes that, with Social Media, its easy for artists to see the demographic that their work is resonating with and Pall is seeing that this is a growing and diverse audience. Pall recognizes the importance of this. “[It’s] really cool because it shows that our music is transcending age in general.”

Between playing ever evolving live shows for increasingly large and diverse audiences and collaborating with big names in the industry such as Halsey. The Chainsmokers aren’t straying from the hard-work that got them where they are today Pall assures, adding “We’re at that point where we really need to nail down who we are today and make a cohesive body of work that illustrates that.”

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The Chainsmokers – Seasoned “Newcomers”

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Because of their chart-topping success, many might feel The Chainsmokers have been in the music scene for years. Their first foray into the top 10 was in early 2015 with their hit “Roses.” The duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart formed their musical partnership in 2012, and since that time, they have had a string of hits. Their hits have included “Paris,” “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay, and the Grammy-winning EDM tune, “Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya singing the lead. Their song “Closer” with Halsey stayed Number 1 on the charts for 12 weeks.

Those who think Taggart and Pall are content to rest on their laurels are mistaken. This duo sings songs that speak to the heart and they keep their music fresh and fun by not compromising their craft and focusing on what sounds good. Success is difficult to sustain, but The Chainsmokers replicate their success by churning out music that appeals to their generation and by performing at concerts and special events that appeal to their fan base. The duo recently performed at a special event sponsored by Hilton Hotels and American Express for their card members. At concerts, the pair showcases their creativity.

Their new song “Sick Boy” has a much darker tone than their previous work and signals their foray into a new music chapter. To keep their music relevant and fresh, Taggart and Pall produce music based on the current social and political reality. In an interview, they both expressed their concern that their music reflects their experiences and the experiences of their fans. Their fans are deeply involved in social media that quantifies a person’s personality and magnifies and propels what might seem meaningless into something extraordinary. Taggart and Pall want to make music that resonates with people and how they view themselves and how others view them.

One winning formula for the duo is they do not focus on the music charts because they do not want the charts dictating where they want to go in the future. Because they feel they have a lot to say, Taggart and Pall wish to continue to push themselves and take calculated risks to step out of their comfort zone. They keep making music that makes people feel good.

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Activism/Musicians

How “The Greyhound Diaries” Documents Doug Levitt’s Travels Across The Nation

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Doug Levitt is a songwriter, singer, author, and photographer. He has worked for the last several years on, “The Greyhound Diaries”, a collection that explores the lives of the downtrodden who ride Greyhound buses around the nation. Generally speaking, the only people that ride Greyhound buses are those who are too poor to get to another location any other way. It is also a practice at most prisons that when a prisoner is released they are given a Greyhound bus ticket to the city that they had been convicted in.

Before “The Greyhound Diaries” project, Doug Levitt was a war correspondent for CNN and was based in London. He had returned to the United States in 2004 in order to help John Kerry, then the Democratic candidate for president, obtain votes by registering voters who would likely support him. As part of this effort he rode buses around the country. As he became more acquainted with his fellow travelers, Doug Levitt became fascinated with their lives and the stories they had to tell.

Once he decided to create “The Greyhound Diaries”, Doug Levitt took off on Greyhound buses across the U.S. He initially had planned for the project to take six months but that six months has now turned into a 13-year journey. He estimates that he has traveled about 120,000 miles into every part of the nation that a Greyhound route goes to. Along the way, he has learned about a large underclass of people who are mired in poverty and alienated from most of society.In order to document his journey and tell the stories he has learned, Doug Levitt has written a large number of songs. He performs these songs in front of crowds of every type, including everything from the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to homeless shelters in inner cities. He also takes photographs of his journey which he has displayed which includes the people that he has met along the way. Additionally, he has written about his journeys and created a website that documents what he has found.

Source of the article: https://www.channel4.com/news/the-greyhound-diaries-exploring-american-society

Latina Artists/Musicians

Norka Luque: How She Made it in Music

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Norka Luque is a current air of positivism that encourages us to follow our dreams. Its history is full encouragement, and inspirations, where terminology “impossible” does not exist. The lovable and dreamy musician from Venezuela noticed his enthusiasm and love for music at a tender age; however, she always had a clear objective that through music, she will bring a positive and optimistic message.

As a small kid, and with the help of unconditional support from her parents, Norka started her musical training with voice practice lessons, piano playing while pursuing her academic studies.

Norka traveled to France where she was able to continue her career in business administration, after completing her studies, she received degrees in marketing, culinary arts, and fashion. When she was staying in France, she was privileged to have an opportunity to be a member of one of the bands. This created a real connection between her and the dreams she had about becoming a great musician. However, it is now 4 years ago when the well-known music producer Emilio Estefan Jr. the talent of the young woman and gave her life to her long-awaited vision of being a professional singer.

The talented musician narrates that this is an opportunity that majority of talented musician dream of having. For this reason, she feels so favored that Emilio loved her musical project. She also says that working with Emilio is a dream come true, school of life and she can learn new things every day. Norka Luque has a single conviction and faith in the belief that she makes the world a better place. This has been helpful to her I overcoming the great individual crisis that she endured. It as well helped her discover that the simple reality of being alive is a miracle in itself.

A perfect crew of producers, led by the famous capitalist Emilio Estefan Jr. played a critical role in creating the song MILAGRO, a song that is being promoted by Norka Luque and El Cata. The song has managed to be a major hit in Venezuela Puerto Rico and the United States. The song is as well making its first appearance as one of the much loved in the prominent Latin Music Billboards. The song is composed of Mediterranean traces, reggae and Caribbean sounds, which merged with the beautiful message, have made MILAGRO a recipe for victory.

Musicians have significant roles of bringing a positive and encouraging message to their fans because the lyrics in the songs they produce take the listeners to the deepest level of their feelings.

More information for Norka Luque:

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