Celebs, DJ, Music Entertainment, Singer

A Talk with Alex Pall from the Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers is a global boy’s band made up of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart who met back in their college days. Alex Pall had an interview with interview magazines after the release of their single ”closer”, and below we recap what he had to say about the band`s origin, music and future plans.

When the two met, Alex was working as a part time DJ in New York and was always passionate about dance music. When he was about to start his music career, his then manager introduced him to Andrew who was as well passionate about music. Andrew moved down to New York and they immediately started their career. From the beginning, the learnt of each other`s potentials and took time to practice. Andrew was an astute producer while Alex was a good DJ who would market their music in his gigs. According to Alex, the two trained seriously and met every day to help sharpen their skill, hence their success.

Unlike most celebrated musician who get a song writer to do their music, Alex tells the Interview magazine that for them, they fully participate in making their own music.” Even though we hire a songwriter sometimes, we have to be there full time during the whole process,” he says. He also notes the amount of pressure that come from the fans for a new album, and for the duo, they don’t want to make a 12 songs album that they can’t relate, hence the need to write their own music, or be there in the songwriting process.

The duo worked with the sassy queen of vocals Halsey on their single “closer”. Pall described her as incredible, strong voiced and open minded. For a long time, Halsey was the number one artist that the two wanted to work with. The song was a good step for the duo since they were both fully involved in its making including the production. When asked to describe their fan base, Paul was quick to note that their music is quickly spreading internationally. People of ages between 16 and 25, both girls and boys are their biggest fans. The two promise even more quality music in the future.

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Music Entertainment, People

Clay Hutson: Producer and Stage Manager

Clay Hutson has been in the live music industry for several years. He started loving music while he was still young. Hutson attended the Central University of Michigan where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Theater design and later proceeded for a master’s degree in business administration at Stephen M. Ross School of business. After clearing his studies, Clay Hutson got employment and worked in the live music industry for several years. He served as a sound engineer as well as project manager for various companies. Hutson got the motivation to start his own business after his immediate employer started experiencing financial challenges.

 

How did you start your business? What motivated you?

 

Ever since I was young I always had the desire to own a business. After college, I opted to seek employment in order to get some capital. I worked for various companies including traveling with Billy Graham’s sound team. However, it reached a point where I felt that it was time to venture into my own business. This happened at a time when my employer was going through a hard time financially as a result of the great economic depression. Since I had gathered enough experience and saved some money, I decided to start my own business.

 

How does your business make money?

 

I do live production, sound engineering, and rigging services. I also offer logistics and stage management services. I get most of my business deals through referrals from my friends and colleagues. Besides, I have a team that helps me market my services.

 

Did you ever have doubts if your business was going to work or not?

 

Starting a business during a recession period is not something easy. It was a risk that I was ready to take and was confident would work. It was a bit tough at the beginning and at some point, I thought of quitting. However, the experience I had helped me a lot and within a short time, my business began to gain momentum.

 

What is the toughest decision you have been forced to make in the recent months?

 

I currently have a contract with a famous musician and serve as a stage manager. I am therefore always forced to make tough decisions because any slightest mistake can ruin the whole event. However, I think through them before I execute any major decision.

 

What business books have you read that have inspired you?

 

“Don’t sweat the Small stuff” is the greatest book that I have ever read. The book changed my perception of a lot of things. Learn more: https://about.me/claytonhutson