Alex Pall is a vocalist and a DJ in the group “The Chainsmokers.” Not only is Alex the singer and mixer of this duo trendy group, but his counterpart Andrew Taggert also contributes in the same way to their electromagnetic dance sound that they have composed together, and they do this all for themselves.
This group may seem normal, but as singers, songwriters, and composers of their own songs and music, it is quite unique for them to spin it all. As we know, in today’s world of DJ’s, the masters of this field have become popular. However, single DJ’s do not seem to be able to brave it alone in order to reach star status without a collaboration beyond the booth and their own specific talent. These two have broken those barriers.
As more and more DJ’s are getting recognition for their talents, it is still with plenty of help from a separate artist who will put words to their music. The Chainsmokers are a different take on how to rise to the top of it all because they stick with each other and do not depend on outside talent to lead their music to the topof the charts. However, they do enjoy collaborations and have made significant hits with artists such as Halsey.
After never really pursuing the world of DJing as anything other than a fun hobby, Alex Pall helps shed light on how he and Andrew first met and how he was introduced into the world of dance and DJing as more of a career opportunity. By a mutual friend that became their manager, Alex met Andrew at an art gallery, realized a mutual fondness of their art in music, and they started their journey to a partnership that would eventually place them at the top of the electro-dance world where they remain.
For EDM pop duo The Chainsmokers, making Forbes’ Celebrity 100 is all in a night’s work. So are the six-figure checks the duo claims nightly for their DJ sets in theirlucrative dealwith Wynn Nightlife. The Chainsmokers claimed the number two spot for highest paid DJs in the world for 2018, pulling down $45.5 million this year alone.
The duo, comprised of New Jersian Alex Pall and Maine native Drew Taggert, formed The Chainsmokers in 2012. They met in New York when introduced by their manager, where Pall was working as an aspiring DJ and Taggert was working as a producer working with Ableton.
No smokescreens here
The Chainsmokers have exploded onto the scene, once a novelty act but now a household name. With collaborations with Chris Martin of Coldplay, Halsey, Bono, and three hit singles under their belt this year alone, there is no wonder why this is the highest paid DJ twosome in the world. They have booked gigs as large as MTV Music Awards (with Kanye in the audience, no less), small club gigs in Vegas, and promo gigs for hardly any money as “favors” to radio stations, for instance. However, the fact remains these two are not hurting for dollar signs in their bank accounts. Recently they made $80,000 for a show booked with software giant Adobe–and got paid even though Adobe canceled the gig. According to Pall, that one job worth $80,000 would have taken him two years to make in his old job working at an art gallery.
Making the moment last
So what makes them so endearing to fans? They write for their fans, not just following trends but writing personal music to connect with fans on a higher level. Drawing from emo punk bands like Blink-182 and Dashboard Confessional, Pall and Taggert have found a way to make their moment last. With their ever-increasing popularity, their “moment” should last for a least a few more years, if not longer. Here’s to more hits and dollar signs, gentlemen.
At this point it’s impossible to deny the popularity of New York DJs Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the Chainsmokers. Every single release is treated like an event, and some songs never seem to fade from public attention. That’s become even more evident now that “Closer,” one of their first mainstream successes featuring pop star Hasley, has reached diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
It was an instant hit when it debuted late in the summer of 2016. “Closer” immediately found a home at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was untouchable for quite some time. Over on the Dance and Electronic chart, the single’s popularity lasted even longer, ending just a few months ago. On top of maintaining these spots for more than a dozen times, becoming the fourth longest top single in history, “Closer” managed tosell 10 million units since its debut.
In addition to being a commercial success, it was also a milestone for the Chainsmokers. This level of playability across charts meant that they were able to break free from the EDM crowd, where many music acts premiere and fizzle out before long. This duo had mainstream appeal, and with “Closer” they gave Hasley the opportunity she needed to shine through as a pop music act with a long future ahead of her. This was further supported by the Grammy nominationsthat followed in 2017 for all three artists on the song.
While Twenty One Pilots currently top the Hot 100 with “Stressed Out” and “the Middle” is now ahead on Dance and Electronic, “Closer” is still a hit with fans. So it was only appropriate that they should be first in hearing the good news. Instagram followers got to see Hasley and the Chainsmokers pose with their official plaques and read the announcement about “Closer’s” recognized popularity.
This is the first time this single has been in the news since last year when the RIAA awarded the song its seventh platinum honor. With the delivery of these plaques, “Closer” is now in a more coveted status than ever before. But the RIAA has yet to reflect this latest development on their official website.
He opened his own live entertainment production firm a decade ago that offers its services to people mainly in the music industry although he does sometimes to corporate entertainment events. He says that he learned all the tools of the trade earlier in his career while working for other businesses and so he felt the time was right to go into business for himself.
He says that while he does corporate entertainment, and once worked for a time on preacher Billy Grahams traveling show, his heart belongs to rock n’ roll. He has been on a huge amount of tours over the year and is very experienced in designing, managing, and producing live events. During the course of his professional career has worked for some big names including Pink, Kid Rock, and Guns N’ Roses.
In a recent interview, Clay Hutson says that he has lately been doing a lot of stage management. He handles the whole operation from getting equipment set up to breaking it all down once the curtain comes down. He says he constantly double checks his work so that everyone remains safe and nothing he or his crew does negatively impact the show in any way.
When choosing who to add to his crew Clay Hutson says he will always take someone talented in their job over someone that is nice and politically correct. He doesn’t really care if someone is rough around the edges as long as they can do their jobs correctly.
He says he has worked with a lot of really enthusiastic people over the years that weren’t any good at what they do for a living. They’re really polite but also really incompetent. Clay Hutson says he’s better off hiring an older, beaten-down employee than a young inexperienced person who goes about the day with their head in the clouds.
The Chainsmokers have always been a band that has tried to push the envelope. Comprised of former DJs Andrew Paul and Drew Taggart, the electronica duo has cracked the top 10 numerous times. Even though they could have comfortably continued down this path, a few months ago they elected to chart a new course with their new single called “Sick Boy”, which many feel presents a darker style of music then what many of their fans are normally accustomed to. No matter, because much of theirfan base is already on that path as well, and they are ready for this new focus by the band. Pall and Taggart explained their new direction during a recent interview.
Indeed, the song “Sick Boy” is still electronic in nature, but it is comprised of a haunting melody, alongside the piano beat and a slower tempo. During their interview they explained the concept behind this new single, noting this is their first new installment, symptomatic of the fact that the band has grown up, gotten older, and changed. They feel that their music is a description of their generation, and do not feel this is unfortunate simply because society itself is getting darker and more serious as a whole everyday.
Simply put, this new single is also about frustration. At a certain point, your popularity in the music industry will force you to become a caricature of who you really are, and this song addresses that. It would definitely appear that this song is a commentary on how some deal with fame and celebrity status.
How is this song based on their own personal experiences? Well, Taggart explains that they wrote the song about their generation grappling with the presence of social media. They realize that the electronic social world used to be a minor thing, but now it is much more serious than it used to be. Thus, even though everyone has a platform, they are simply utilizing this single as a commentaryabout this present world. This is inherent in the lyrics, “how many likes is my life worth?” This new direction for the Chainsmokers is sure to not only be a breath of fresh air for their fan base but also for them to gain new ones as well.
Anyone who has ever attended a concert to see their favorite singer or to see their favorite band perform can probably remember having the experience of being in awe of not just the prowess of the person performing but the quality of the visuals that the entertainer used to enhance their performance. Whether a performer has sets that are as intricate as the one pop mega star Beyonce uses or as subdued as the set design that one might find at an indie rock concert all entertainers who perform live depend on the creativity and the skills their production team in order to bring their music to life in a way that will entertain and awe the people attending their concert. Whether entertainers want to incorporate live effects such as production design that will allow them to look as though they are rising out of the ground or giant LCD screens that will project images behind, entertainers look to professionals like Clay Huston to make the creative visions that they have for their live performances and tours come to life.
Clay Huston is a production manager and live sound engineer who has spent his career ensuring that the behind the scene details that go into producing a concert run smoothly so that the performers he has worked for can focus on making their performances the best they can be. Clay Huston has worked on the tours of entertainers such the rock band Garbage and the pop band OneRepublic. Clay Huston was hired by Garbage to serve as a monitor engineer for their Bleed Like Me Tour in the mid-aughts. Garbage’s Bleed Like Me tour had 78 tour dates across the United States, Canada,Europe and Australia.
The Bleed Like Me Tour by the rock band Garbage is not the only tour that Clay Huston has lent his professional acumen to as production management professional. Clay has also served as a member of the production team that was behind the tour for a contemporary pop band that is called OneRepublic. OneRepublic is a popular band that is known for their high energy upbeat rock music that reflects the lead singer’s background as a musician who got his start performing in church. The band OneRepublic is known for songs such as Counting Stars and good life. Clay Huston served as the automation manager for the OneRepublic 2017 Honda Civic Tour according to the website Entertainment Technology News. Clay Huston is also skilled in logistics management, production management, production design, stage management and rigging. Learn more: http://www.etnow.com/news/2017/8/ver-drives-onerepublics-honda-civic-tour-production