Alex Pall And The Chainsmokers Finding Their Musical Identity

Alex Pall has known that he was created to make music since a very young age, or believed that such was the case, at the very least. Growing up in New York City, Pall turned his interested in dance music into a hobby, which later became something that took up much of his life. He was able to create a fan base DJing around the city and eventually came to the realization that music was taking over his life, though he found it hard to believe that something he enjoyed so much could be considered something he would be willing to consider his “job.” It was around the time of this revelation that a mutual friend introduced the budding artist to another individual who shared similar interests: Andrew Taggart.

Andrew Taggart has a similar upbringing, also being involved in the music scene within his native state of Maine, where he balanced his own small-scale musical career and college. It was not long after the pair were introduced that Taggart made the decision to uproot his life and move from Maine to New York. Taggart made the move, Alex Pall quit his job and the rest was history, or rather the beginning of the musical duo that would come to be known as The Chainsmokers.

As their time together has progressed the two have found themselves experience growing pains and striving to determine their own musical identity. The passage of time has seen them go from strictly DJ’s who produce dance beats, to musical craftsman who works to pair their musical tracks and lyrics that they write with vocal artists, and on to singers and songwriters in their own right. The future will see the continued development of the duo as they continue to grow and strive to become what they have been planning from the start.

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The Chainsmokers new single, Somebody, and their success in 2018.

The Chainsmokers have been all over the charts and billboards since the dawn of 2018. The duo has performed their songs on the most hyped platforms and events like the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. This is in loyalty to their long-term plan to put a new face into electronic dance music, a quest they are on the blink of fulfilling. Their new single somebody is the ultimate soundtrack that reflects the daily struggles of our lives. The lyrics to the song are reflective, with a mix of emotional sentiments and some philosophical bits.

Chainsmokers have been on a nice run of success this year, with their acclaimed single hit; don’t let me down, hitting a billion views on Spotify. According to Alex Pall, one of the DJing duo, somebody is projected to be a major success given the level of versatility that they have invested in the track. Success has not ceased following the Chainsmokers as they recently topped the Billboard Dance 100. Andrew Taggart thanked the fans for their support in an appreciation video, saying that they are excited as much as they are honored to top the list, citing that in the previous years they did not even make the cut.

In the new song, Somebody, the Chainsmokers feature Drew Love of THEY, a popular American R&B duo. Chainsmokers always take pride in the fact that they write their own lyrics and in this song, it is no different. Andrew Taggart teams up with Drew Love and Emily Warren in writing the catchy lyrics to the new radio-banger hit. Somebody has received praise from all over the industry for its well-crafted beats that feature somber keys and atmospheric syncs. Most people have described the song as the strongest production in 2018 from the duo.

More about the Chainsmokers

They are an American DJing duo, made up by Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The two met in 2012 in New York City and has since grown to a household name. Their major break was in 2014 with their hit single #selfie which featured at top twenty in most charts in different countries. Their first live performance was in September 2014, when they opened for Timeflies.

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The Chainsmokers Interview

In a recent interview with the Chainsmokers, the members Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart open up about who they were before hitting it off big, and how they got to where they are.

Alex Pall was a regular guy that lived in New York city. DJing was a hobby of his at the time and he had a small career going on with it. DJing didn’t seem like a real job to him because he had so much fun doing it, so it was scary to him. But one day, Alex decided to give DJing a real chance, and he realized that he wanted to try and make a real career out of DJing, so his manager at the time, which is his formal manager introduced him to Andrew Taggart, and they started working immediately.

Andrew Taggart was a college student in Maine who had a love for electronic music and an interest in DJing. After a while he started to like producing, so he produced some songs and put them on SounCloud. He also performed at a couple of shows, but even though it was only a couple, it inspired him to continue his dreams. He planned on moving to a bigger city after college to pursue a career in DJing, but he finally got the break he was looking for. One day, someone that knew and worked for his former partner Alex’s manager told Andrew that the Chainsmokers needed another member, and that they played in many shows. Andrew wasted no time, and took a bus to New York immediately. When he met Alex, they went to his apartment and started making music instantly.

Now they have a few major hits such as “Roses, ” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and their latest “Closer.” They are hoping to grow their audience as they create new music.

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Hussain Sajwani and His Real Estate Empire

As a boy, Hussain Sajwani worked for his father after school in the family business. He sold Parker Pens, office supplies, and various other consumer items. He worked long hours and told his father that he sure didn’t want to go into business for himself because of the long hours. He said that he would rather get a degree and become a professional, and that way he would be able to work regular hours.

 

He did wind up getting a scholarship to the University of Washington in the United States where he earned a degree in engineering. He then returned to his home country of Dubai where he got a job with an oil company. That didn’t last too long, however, because he soon started a catering company serving food to the US Army. It turned out to be a very successful business and it is still in operation today.

 

Hussain formed DAMAC in 2002, a real estate development company when the UAE decided to allow foreign nationals to immigrate to the country. He sensed that there would be a boom in real estate and he was very correct. His first project sold out before the construction of the project had even begun.

 

Sajwani is noted for his marketing and advertising abilities which certainly get DAMAC out in front of the crowd in a hurry in the beginning. As the DAMAC owner, he personally took an interest in every step of his new company’s progress. One of his favorite slogans was, “A New Bently With Each Apartment.”

 

Hussain uses very conservative business practices. He always pays cash up front for the land and then finances very little of the rest of the project, such as the construction and finishing of the project. That way he has nearly full equity in all of his holdings and there is very little chance of anyone foreclosing.

 

Separate accounting and bank accounts are kept for each project so that there is no comingling of money. That way if one project has problems, it does not affect the rest of the business.

 

To date, DAMAC has completed 19,000 apartments with an additional 44.000 in progress to some degree or another. This bodes well for the Hussain Sajwani family as the business continues to grow.