Expanding pop horizons with Alex Pall

Standard

The Chainsmokers unique way of creating music and genre-defying songs have set them apart in the music world. Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers has been a DJ his whole life, in 2012 he discovered his passion, creating dance music. This led him to quit his job being a DJ to pursue his dreams and become one of the greatest musical creators in the world. Pall along with fellow music creator Andrew Taggart created their duo The Chainsmokers which has taken over pop music in the past few years. Taggart had loved dance music long before it became a major trend, and jumped at the chance to produce this music with Pall.

Over the past few years, this music duo has grown more than they ever could have imagined. The two have studied pop and dance music, and what it takes to make a great artist. Their passion has allowed them to create music which went from just paying their bills to slingshotting them to the world stage.

The Chainsmokers are far different from most traditional artists, being a DJ duo as well as music producers has set them apart from other similar artists. The pairs decision to branch out from just making dance music is what allowed them to grow as much as they did.

Their music style doesn’t fit into any one genre, a mix of indie, pop, dance, and hip-hop has proven to be very successful for them. Learning to sing over their beats has also worked very well for the duo. Originally, just creating the beats and having others add their own personal elements and singing the songs was the only way this duo knew to make music. But learning how to sing and truly make the songs the way they intend them to be, adding their own personal element has greatly helped the duo.

Over the past few years, The Chainsmokers have become staples in the music world, getting a feature from pop star Halsey has helped the band explode in popularity. Now that the duo can sing, we get to see the true originality in these songs. Hopefully, we get to see more of this boundary-pushing music in the coming years.

http://lanewswatch.com/2018/03/05/chainsmokers-alex-pall-drew-taggart-celebrate-2018-sick-boy/

The Chainsmokers Release ‘Sick Boy’, Give Fans A Glimpse Into The Darker Side Of Their Music

Standard

With millions of people turning into their songs every hour and several chart-topping numbers, The Chainsmokers have become a worldwide phenomenon. Even though the duo has been visible in the mainstream for the past four years, their musical careers span way back, to when both of its members were small-time musicians working gigs and performing their music for smaller crowds.

Comprised of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, the duo have released several hit songs like Don’t Let Me Down, Closer, Paris, Something Just Like This and of course, the song that got them on the charts in the first place – Selfie.

This year, The Chainsmokers decided to kick off the year by releasing their new hit single Sick Boy. In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Drew pointed out how their songs have always been a reflection of the generation that we live in, which is also why so many people can relate to the music that they make. He went on to stay that they know the topics that they want to touch on and always try to lyrically incorporate that into the music that they make.

The Chainsmokers is now moving towards a new direction when it comes to the songs that they release, which is what Sick Boy has been evidence to. The song shows a darker side of our generation, which is what the duo now wants to touch on. They want their music to be a form of expression that resonates with the thoughts of the people listening to them, while still offering them something that they can groove to and enjoy.

Both the members of the duo have always been high achievers who wanted to make a name for themselves. They have always been driven individuals, which is one of the things that had led them to become the successful name that they are today.

Even though the duo has become bigger than they ever envisioned, both Alex and Drew believe that they still have a long way to go in terms of the music that they want to make and all that they hope to one day achieve.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8099170/the-chainsmokers-new-song-video

All about the Chainsmokers

Standard

The chainsmokers have only been around for about three years, but they have received several different rewards and millions of loyal fans in the short amount of time. They have always created music that relates to what people go through in their everyday lives such as romance and broken hearts, but they have decided to change it up a little, and their new music has a darker feel to it. They wanted to bring something new to the table in hopes that people could relate their new music.

Their new song “Sick Boy” was inspired by the darkness of this generation, and some of the struggles people go through. They created the song through their anger in what they were dealing with in their fame. People see Alex and Andrew through who others say they are, and through what they see. Their next album is different and their next couple of songs will have a darker vibe than their past hits. Sick Boy takes you through many of the struggles through this generation such as anxiety and self identity. It also goes through the struggles of everyone relating to others on social media. It is an empowering song about staying true to yourself and doing your own thing in a generation full of so much negativity and judgement.

The Chainsmokers have had hits that have been in the top music charts for weeks. They have also worked with many great artists such as Daya, Halsey, and coldplay. Their top hits include “roses” “something just like this” “paris” “Don’t let me down” and “closer.” Closer was number one on the chart for thirteen weeks. They are hoping to reach a wider variety of fans with their new music, and they’re hoping that their fans can relate to their darker music

http://lanewswatch.com/2018/03/05/chainsmokers-alex-pall-drew-taggart-celebrate-2018-sick-boy/

CREATIVE ENGINEERING WITH CLAYTON HUTSON

Standard

Clayton Hutson is a live sound engineer and production manager. He describes his work in music production as an existent art with many diverse aspects to it. Hutson has great experience in the world of production management and has been part of many iconic live shows. He provides knowledge in the fields of production design, production management, rigging, monitor engineering, logistics and stage management. Learn more: https://medium.com/@claytonhutson49

Hutson swears by the motto that tools determine performance. He has been a long time user of DiGiCo products, a British company that manufactures digital consoles targeted for live audio mixes. In 2011, Hutson played different professional roles when he was out on tour with Aaron Lewis. During the much anticipated Town Line tour, Hutson used DiGiCo’s SD11 for FOH (Front Of House) and monitor needs. The tour, which was Aaron’s first EP, went on to be a great success all thanks to the compact 19-inch SD11 tabletop mixer. Hutson described it as a very convenient console that is easily portable and can be programmed and refigured to meet any show’s needs.

He has also used the SD7 on several live arenas. Most recently, Clay used the SD7 to access a variety of dynamic effects as he worked with Maxwell on a co-bill tour with soul/ R&B singer-songwriter Jill Scott. He handled the tour with Jim Roach. He entrusted the SD7, which is the flagship of DiGiCo consoles, in handling the large amounts of inputs and outputs throughout the show. The tour went on well as Hutson continued to offer the quality he is well-renown for.

Hutson was also privileged to use the very first D5 in managing Marilyn Manson’s vocals during their 2001 live show. He has also used the SD8 in several other music gigs and continues to aim at perfection, however, small the show is. Clay is a believer in good sound and while giving music mixing guidelines said that “You can’t always make it sound the way you want it to, you have to work with what you’re given”. His work with high profile artists like Kelly Clarkson, Guns N’ Roses, and Pink continues to shape his promising career in the music industry.