2018 has been a huge year for The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall. This year alone, they have released several singles and been given some pretty significant awards for their musical achievements. One of the most notable was reaching the top spot on the Billboard Dance Charts as the best EDM act in the United States. Alex Pall also accepted a Billboard music award alongside his producing partner Andrew Taggart for their work with The Chainsmokers. At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers took the opportunity to talk about how the loss of musical artist Avicii has affected everyone in the music industry, especially in the world of pop music.
When The Chainsmokers first formed, it consisted of Alex Pall and a different partner before Drew Taggart was brought on board in 2012. Alex Pall who was living in New York City at the time while working at an art museum had already been pursuing his dreams of working in the music industry by gaining a name for himself as a DJ. At the time Taggart was still attending college when he was told by a friend about the opportunity to work with Alex Pall. He decided to take the risk and joined Alex Pall and his manager in New York City where the two clicked almost immediately and started creating the music they are known for today.
When an interviewer asked Alex Pall about his choice for the band name The Chainsmokers, he responded that he came up with it with the same mindset he had during college. He enjoyed smoking marijuana and the internet domain name just happened to be available at the time. When the group first began, the two never really expected to be releasing a full studio album, but their first album went platinum. This year their first album Memories… Do Not Open will be followed by a new album that contains songs such as “Sick Boy” and “You Owe Me“. Alex Pall has already done a great deal in his musical career and it will be interesting to watch where he goes next.
At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, the EDM duo The Chainsmokers paid their respects to Avicii who passed earlier this year. Avicii, also known as Tim Bergling, took his own life after years of suffering from mental illness. Avicii played a large part in the lives of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart from The Chainsmokers, his music influenced their work on many different levels. In fact, Avicii influenced a lot of the electronic dance music industry in general.
The Chainsmokers gave this tribute alongside Halsey who sang on their top Billboard hit “Closer”. They discussed the effects of mental illness and how deeply Avicii would be missed due to the joy that he had brought to so many different people. They encouraged everyone to reach out to anyone that they care about who needs help dealing with mental illness. When The Chainsmokers took the stage to accept their own Billboard award, they dedicated it to the memory of Avicci and the influence that he had on every electronic dance artist that had been nominated that evening. There are rumors that unreleased songs of Avicii may be getting released later this year. Avicii passed away from suicide at only 28 years old. While he may have been very successful in his musical career, his family does not believe he could handle the business machine behind everything. He was a sensitive young man who wanted to find peace.
The Chainsmokers address the issue of mental health in the entertainment industry in many of the songs released earlier this year. While the full album is expected to be released at a later date, the music from the album appears to be taking a much darker turn for The Chainsmokers. In one of their new songs, “Sick Boy”, Drew Taggart and Alex Pall talk about how the world seems to only value someone based on the social media posts and persona. This can have a deep impact on artists, and anyone else when it comes to knowing who they are as a person.
We all know Brazil as the blessed fifth largest country in the world from South America with an equally larger population of 200 million beautiful people with a more vibrant diverse culture ranging from Samba Dance, awesome beaches, serene rain forests to soft sporty spot specifically for football. However, Brazil still boasts for best of the best literal culture from fine authors over diverse periods of Brazilian writing history. This writers include; Sergio Rodrigues, Ana Maria Machado, Michel Laub and Jaime Garcia Dias.
1. Sergio Rodrigues
He is a Brazilian writer who started off as a journalist way back before the year 2000. He used to do reporting job for several newspapers including the country’s most read and leading news outlet with versatility ranging from sports, lifestyle and entertainment. In the year 2000, he switched tabs completely and became a full time passionate fiction writer with works such as ‘The Feint’, which is about a soccer star from the country and his prowess during the 1970 FIFA world cup. He is an award winning artist who writes mostly in Portuguese language with awards such as The Premio Cultura in 2011 by Rio de Janeiro State Government in his name among others.
2. Jaime Garcia Dias
He has a unique and quite interesting character and a new literal thirst. At the age of 15, Mr. Garcia had already discovered his strength and special interest in writing and was already following through his journalistic father’s, Mr. Arnaldo Dias, footsteps. He heightened his career father after reading a special book ‘The Devil to Pay in the Backlands’ He then joined Rio De Janeiro, a letter reading faculty before becoming a literature teacher at Carioca Literature Academy.
He has authored up to 10 books till today including the very famous worldwide ‘Fell from Heaven’. He climbed up the ranks at Carioca literature academy to become the vice president then a full flown president from 2007.
3. Ana Mario Machado
She is a woman; a real dedicated woman at that. She has been in the business for 45 years and still counting. With over 19million copies of her 100 titles sold worldwide, Mrs. Ana is the exact meaning of hard work. It is no wonder she has several awards under her belt including Brazil’s National Award.
4. Michel Laub
He is young, talented and taking the younger literature generation of brazil to the sky. With ‘Dairy of a Fall’ that revolves around his childhood, surely the sky can only be a limit for him.