Alex Pall: The Creation of The Chainsmokers

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.

The Chainsmokers Dedicate Their Billboard Award to Avicii

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.

Desiree Perez: A Dominant Female Figure in the Roc Nation Empire

Desiree Perez is currently one of the most powerful female executives in the music industry. Perez is the COO or second person in charge at Roc Nation which is the media empire headed by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. She was an instrumental figure with handling of Mr. Carter’s deals and artist management.

Simply put, Perez was an integral part of the building process. Jay-Z and this industrious lady had a great business relationship that had went back many years. Perez helped to get Roc Nation established as a major media company. She currently helps to lead the company to being a competitive media and talent manager for musicians and athletes.

When a company has a leading figure like Perez at the helm; it is a clear advantage. She knows how to maximize artist potential and their reach in the market. Roc Nation not only endorses musicians they work hard to help sports figures. Kevin Durant is the most popular athlete that is represented by Roc Nation. Other athletes from the disciplines of baseball and football are represented as well. Perez has helped to make this possible as well.

This outstanding business leader has even negotiated a $200-million-dollar deal that has helped to push Roc Nation into a higher mode of operation. She is also responsible for helping Roc Nation’s expansion into different states throughout the U.S. and even an office in London.

Desiree Perez has rightfully earned a spot on the roster of highly rated female music industry leaders. She is committed to her job and works hard for Roc Nation’s success. Jay-Z could have probably had just as much success without this intelligent lady, but this organization probably would not have as much impact. One thing that is certain, Rock Nation is a better organization because of Desiree Perez.

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Clay Hutson Made A Dream Come True

Clay Hutson knew since he was only a child that he wanted to be involved in the music industry. The dream that millions of other children have and very few actually achieve.


So, if Clay Hutson achieved his dream then why haven’t I heard of him? Well, Clay has been behind the scenes the whole time, producing some of the best live music you’ve ever heard. Clay Hutson didn’t grow up to become a singer or a famous guitarist, he grew up to become a sound engineer. As well as a production manager, production designer, show producer, monitor engineer – you get the point. Clay likes to be as involved as possible in the production of any concert or television performance he is called upon to orchestrate and goes to great length to insure the audience gets the best experience possible, often teaming up with the crew of riggers to insure that everything is perfect.


Clay Hutson has worked with some incredibly talent musicians along his journey including Pink, Guns N’ Roses and legendary UK music producer Billy Bush. Learn more:


But it was in March of 2011 that Clay took on one of his greatest challenges to date, touring with Staind lead-singer Aaron Lewis. The tour was especially insightful because Clay, who refuses to be held back by local production companies, took DiGiCo’s newest console, the SD11, for a spin.


Aaron and Clay, along with the brand new DiGiCo SD11, performed on the road in both small intimate casino theaters and gigantic 50,000 seat stadiums. Clay says he has been a fan of the DiGiCo brand since nearly the beginning of his career.


Clay went on to explain in the interview that he needed something lightweight for the tour and nothing fit the bill better than the SD11. “When you fire it up and listen to it, the EQ reacts the exact same way as an SD7.” he said as he explained that its smaller size didn’t alter its quality.


As previously stated, Clay does not limit himself to working on a sound board. In 2017 he joined up with OneRepublic’s Honda Civic Tour, this time as an automation operator, where with the help of VER(a system that ties audio, video, lighting and other elements together) he was able to control not only the sound but several moving parts at once, further proving that he is one of the best men to have behind the scenes.