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New Beginnings With Alex Pall

Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers got his start DJing at different spots around New York City. This started out as more of a hobby than a job to him. Although the fun he was having was undeniable, he decided it was time to take a “proper shot” in the industry after realizing how much this culture consumed his life. Alex’s manager then introduced him to Drew who was going to school and interning for Interscope at the time. “That’s where it all started” said Pall. And so it began.

Drew made the move down from Maine shortly after hearing about the opportunity and the two of them started working right away, already knowing what they brought to the table. It started with conversations about the kind of music they were into growing up, as well as how ambitious they were in general about making music. Obviously they wouldn’t be where they are today if ambition wasn’t present.

They met from 9am until 7pm almost every day, trying new things and ironing out the creases essentially. Both of them were aware of what was working and what wasn’t in the music industry by looking at and listening to upcoming artists. It was just a matter of forming their own identity.

After finding that common ground, The Chainsmokers started to release music, shaking things up in the dance genre.

This went on for awhile until they decided it was time to do things a little different. Rather than feeling confined the two of them stepped out of the box and started trying to make more of a personal connection with the audience. They decided to not only bring out some vocals and a story, but the stories were theirs and no one else’s. A new single titled “Closer” featuring Halsey is a perfect example of this.

The Chainsmokers are always looking for new ways to take a step forward with the music they create along with the live shows they put on. There’s a lot of factors that separate them from many artists currently and it will be exciting to see what they bring to the table in years to come.

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The Chainsmokers’ New Drug

On January 17, 2018, The Chainsmokers captivated both their already loyal fans and anyone who was passing by with their new single: Sick Boy, a dance-rock track that may signal a new darker era for The Chainsmokers’ music. Not like the title would suggest, Sick Boy doesn’t delve into the sickness of any physical disease but one that often plagues us through society with the plague being our identity crisis we often suffer through via social media exposure. The group explains that narcissism is something they often see when browsing through social media and has become a necessary evil when it comes to communicating in this world. You can tell this is a track that they are really proud of and excited to share with fans and people just listening for the first time.

The Chainsmokers were first formed by Alex Pall and Rhett Bixler but was then later reformed with Andrew Taggart replacing Bixler. The Chainsmokers got started back in 2012 but had a public breakthrough in 2014 with their song: #Selfie and have since been making popular songs, with “Closer” becoming their first #1 single and “Don’t Let Me Down” winning a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The duo has also won two American Music Awards and five IHeartRadio Music Awards.

When it comes to their music, what Taggart describes is an eclectic mix of genres. While their songs are mostly classified as EDM, they often have a mixture of indie, pop, and hip-hop in their songs and their songs clearly demonstrate this mixture. Artists like DeadMau5 are musical inspirations for them and even as a kid, Taggart became a fan of EDM through artists such as Daft Punk and David Guetta. The Chainsmokers have become a staple when it comes to this generation of music much like Duran Duran for the 80s and Tupac for the 90s and with the release of their new single “Everybody Hates Me“, it’s clear that the Pall and Taggart aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

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Clay Hutson: A Tour Managing Success

Clay Hutson may be best known as the man behind the awesome concert you just went to. If you’re a fan of Prince, Smashing Pumpkins, Guns n’ Roses, Pink, and Billy Graham, you have definitely been to an event where he is the production manager. He is also the currently working with Halsey, involved in various production roles to ensure an excellent experience for the viewers.

 

Mr. Hutson is very passionate about his craft. Having spent over 20 years working behind the scenes, he describes himself as a perfectionist in all production details. He enjoys working all the stages of production, bit by bit, and making sure that all strings are pulled together to create a wonderful show.

 

 

Recent Successes

One of his recent successful events was the DiGiCo’s very first SD11 console debut. The tour was headed by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis, who just released his country-inspired solo album called Town Line. Mr. Lewis has performed in several concerts ranging from 700-seater functions to crowds of 50,000 contained in arenas. Clay Hutson performed several roles in this event as he was involved in the sound engineering and tour managing of Mr. Lewisunder DiGiCo.

 

Another successful ongoing event where Mr. Hutson managed several aspects of safe production was in OneRepublic’s Honda Civic Tour. Not only sponsored by a big car company, top performers One Republic were also high profile musicians in the industry. He was assigned to make sure that all rigs and LED sets were safely attached, but still meets the idea and design meant for the tour production.

 

Previous events that occurred during the summer were DiGiCo’s SD7 systems installed for the summer tours by artists such as Rihanna, Eminem, Jay-Z, and U2. These artists are provided with the best tools in sound engineering offered by Clay Hutson and his team.

 

Mr. Hutson also provides services as an arena rigger in several event centers: Bridgestone Arena, Music City Center, Opryland Convention Center, Palace of Auburn Hills, Joe Louis Arena, Van Andel Arena, and Saginaw Civic Center.

 

 

Passion is the Answer

When asked about what makes his successful, his answer is simple: “Passion in what you do and attention to detail.” Mr. Hutson believes that if you love what you’re doing, you will keep on getting better until you have worked your way to the top. Loving what you do also prevents you from feeling like your work is a job, therefore providing you with more opportunities to connect with people who appreciate your craft. Learn more: https://www.ver.com/featured_work/onerepublic-honda-civic-2017-tour/