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Alex Pall Of Chain Smokers Talks About The Chainsmokers Transition To Singing And Artistic Life

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Like most other electronic music producers, the Chainsmokers duo, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart started off as the faceless beat crafters. But they are slowly moving into the artistic limelight by singing and featuring in their music videos. Having first featured in their radio-banger track, “Closer”, Alex Pall argues that the DJ duo are slowly finding a balance between crafting beats and singing.

He also adds that they only aim at giving the electronic music a deeper meaning and add life to their music by providing a face that their audiences can relate and find an attachment with and not just the beats. The Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down” hitmaker is, however, quick to mention that coming to this decision hasn’t been easy.

What informed the decision to build an artistic identity?

Alex Pall mentions that in most cases, electronic DJs work with song composers who craft content and vocalists who bring them to life. This essentially means that they often have no attachment to the content they release to the public seeing that it is a more of collaboration. However, Alex argues that while they also employ the services of songwriters, they always sit down with them and guide their content.

He further adds that their songs are particularly inspired by their real lives and that they have even had to write some songs themselves. This attachment, therefore, played a significant role in informing the decision to have their audience not only identify with the beats but also the individuals to whom the content of the song relates to.

The impact of their lives on their music

In answering the question of how their lives have shaped their careers as well as the decision to feature in their songs, Alex Pall talks about how he came to meet Taggart. He mentions that while he has always had an interest in music, he only actualized his ambitions in college. He practiced DJ-ing while at school for different events around New York City and seeing its potential decided to contract a manager. His manager would later introduce him to another college student and aspiring DJ from Maine, Andrew Taggart, with whom they would go on to form the Chainsmokers DJ duo.

The Chainsmokers, State Of Things

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Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are people who came into the music business with a long history of electronic dance music which shaped the way that they played each of their shows alongside a different singer who added their spin on how the music was to be interpreted. They have records upon records of their electronic dance music which carries a certain vibe to it when people listen out for all of the new releases that come out via internet. The playlists that they practice and perform contain the elements very similar to a romantic novel or a daring adventure. It is truly inspiring to hear them and their overall sound scape as they help the masses who listen to their music to escape just for a while. The lesser known things about Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart is that they came from humble beginnings where Alex’s mom was a stay home mom and his dad was an art dealer which probably helped to inspire Alex in his thoughts about going in that direction in life as a career. Andrew came from the state of Maine and his education in a community college was most pertaining to music business. They both knew what they were getting into but they just did not know yet how things were to come to be. That is when they finally met in New York City where Alex Pall was in need of another talented Disc Jockey to continue to pursue the path of the artist. Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have journeyed together in partnership and friendship to exact the reflections that are currently taking place in the world today. From Roses to Closer they covered a lot of intimate and romantic subjects many electronic dance artists do not venture into for the sake of maintaining the norms of what electronic dance music “should” sound like. The Chainsmokers however go to unknown territory with their music, especially with the new release of Sick Boy that has the crowds going wild. Yes, it has taken a darker turn for the truth but it is what Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart describe as the current state of things as of recent.

Desiree Perez Shows Her Worth as a Leader in Entertainment

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Desiree Perez knows a lot about empowering women because she has reach some great milestones herself as the head in leadership at Roc Nation entertainment. Desiree Perez is growing her resume as a fierce negotiator and a powerful business woman that gets things done.

Shawn Carter, also known as Jay-Z, has been a longtime friend of Desiree Perez, and she has helped him cement his place in the business industry. She has done so much to help Carter bring forth a plethora of different businesses that have been very profitable. Roc Nation Sports is where the athletes are signing up for big contracts. Roc Nation entertainment is where budding artists come to build a fan base and connect with music lovers.

The great thing about this label is that there’s someone in place for someone that is looking out for the underdogs and newcomers that are coming up in this industry. This person that is looking out for all this undiscovered talent is Desiree Perez. She is the one that is in charge of taking these artists and this company forth. It makes a lot of sense for her to create the type of environment that is going to benefit all of those that were trying to build a career with a lot of longevity. It goes without saying that this is someone that knows all the ropes when it comes to building contracts that can help people that want to reach the top.

It is certain that the music industry is filled with a lot of talent, but Desiree Perez is someone that knows how to create a whole new platform where people are getting better contracts and deals that can help them cement a better long-term career. Desiree Perez is vital to the Roc Nation roster of artists.

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Welcome to the dark side The Chainsmokers

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When you think of an EDM, pop, indie style crossover who comes to mind? Well, if you have good taste you would probably think of The Chainsmokers, an American music and DJ duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. Just by listening to the radio you have probably heard a few of their songs like “Something Just Like This” featuring Coldplay, or “Closer” featuring Halsey.


These songs, along with the majority of their music takes on a bright tone and catchy beat, but recently The Chainsmokers have decided to dive into something a little darker. They have recently launched a new single called “Sick Boy” which represents their transition into a darker tone. When asked about their new single they have mentioned that their music typically reflects what’s going on with society at the time, and in their opinions’, society has been in a dark place. (Learn about Chainsmokers on Beatport: The Chainsmokers)


Taggart also mentioned that the darkness in their new single also comes from a place of frustration and anger from feeling like people think they know him when they don’t, stemming from what others say about him, something a lot of us come to struggle with at some point in our lives. Taggart also goes on to say “‘Sick Boy’ and the next couple songs are addressing what it feels like to be alive right now and as someone in our generation, and I think people relate to it in their own type of way.” I know I can personally relate. Go To This Page for more information.


The Chainsmokers are in the works of pushing more and more music out there. They typically pump music out at a relatively quick pace. I can’t wait to hear what other dark music they put out there. It is always great to test different styles and grow as a musician. Keep up the good work Chainsmokers!



Desiree Perez a Shrewd Entrepreneur and a Terrific Negotiator

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One of the most lucrative deals entered in 2008 between Jay Z, and Live Nation is coming to an end. The deal which was a ten-year deal saw Jay Z pocket a cool 150 million dollars. The deal is set to expire in 2018 and could trigger a buy-sell agreement between the two players meaning that one faction could decide to sell its stake to Roc Nation or entirely buy the company outright.

According to sources that are privy to some information concerning new developments in the industry states that Live Nation wants to continue with the deal but only on the touring side not on the recorded music side. From an insider source, the deal is between Jay Z and Live Nation is not going to be extended since Live Nation is not in the business of buying recorded music anymore however they intend to continue with the productive touring relationship with Jay-Z.

Jay Z was seen in the company of Roc Nation Executive Director Desiree Perez in a meeting at Universal Music Group offices that was also attended by UMG CEO Sir Lucian Grainge. The meeting sparkled speculations that there could be a deal entered between Roc Nation Universal Music Group. Already Roc Nation and UMG have a distribution deal.

About Desiree Perez

Desiree Perez is a force to reckon with in the music industry. She is popularly known for possessing excellent negotiations skills and as a result has been able to help several artistes achieve success in the music industry. One of the artists that has greatly benefited from Perez business and management skills is Sean Carter also known by the stage name Jay-Z. The two have had a good working relationship for years, and in those many years, Perez has helped Jay-Z secure major deals with big multinationals companies. Perez has also worked with other top celebrities in the music industry and among them is Rihanna with whom she helped secure a major deal amounting to millions of shillings with Samsung.