The Chainsmokers became a household name in a few short years but just how did they manage to rise out of obscurity so quickly? Mathias Rosenzweig recently had a chat with Alex Pall about how the DJ and production duo first came to be, how they’ve dealt with their pervasive fame and where they plan to go in the future. The two first met in NYC when Taggart was enrolled at one of the local universities and Pall was taking whatever gigs he could get in and around NYC. After Pall’s manager introduced the two, they immediately could tell they would work well together. Taggart subsequently dropped out of Syracuse to work with Pall on a daily basis and the rest is history. It wasn’t long before they released their first hit single, “Selfie.” One hit single led to another and, before they knew it, they had become household names.
What makes them stand out from other DJs, however, is their willingness to sing on their own songs. Pall considers it essential as the lyrics of the songs pertain to his life. They also had a blast collaborating with Halsey as Alex classified her as a fun, unique artist who’s not afraid to be herself. He then discussed his demographic, talking about how much it’s grown over the years from mostly college students to people of all ages. And they don’t take single second of their fame for granted, stating how much they appreciate everyone who loves and listens to their music.
As for their live shows, they’ve grown and developed over the years to adapt to the perpetually-changing music industry. One point of pride for the DJ and production duo is the fact that they always sing live during their concerts. And they don’t plan on going anywhere as Pall believes that if they took a few years off, things just wouldn’t be the same when they return to the music scene. So we wish them the best of luck in the future of their musical career and hope they have continued success as a DJ and production do.
Lawrence Bender is a Hollywood producer responsible for some of the most notable independent films of the 1990s and the 2000s. Known predominantly for his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender had his first breakthrough hit with Tarantino’s debut, Reservoir Dogs. The film is a classic piece of cinema involving a group of loosely aligned criminals dealing with the chaotic aftermath of a jewel heist gone wrong. While the movie’s avant-garde direction and nonlinear timeline made the film a gamble, Bender’s gambit paid off and kickstarted a lucrative career as a producer.
Tarantino continued his partnership with Lawrence Bender through much of their respective careers which includes Pulp Fiction (where he cameos as “long-haired yuppie scum”), the Kill Bill series, and Inglourious Basterds. Lawrence Bender would also have multiple collaborations with Robert Rodriquez on projects such as From Dusk til Dawn and Four Rooms which also involved Tarantino. During this period, Bender also served as producer for Good Will Hunting which launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. All through the 90s, Bender showed a knack for taking on projects with independent filmmakers and making stars.
As Lawrence Bender moved into the 2000s, he produced the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth which has since become synonymous with climate change awareness. Other Bender-produced documentaries include The Youngest Candidate in 18-20 years running for public office and Countdown to Zero on nuclear proliferation during the War on Terror. Moving into the 2010s, Bender produced Mel Gibson’s gritty war piece Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese’s spiritual epic Silence, again demonstrating a desire to produce films somewhat out of synch with the rest of the Hollywood trends. Bender also returned to produce An Inconvenient Sequel and the upcoming Kill Bill: Vol 3. Lawrence Bender has made a long and profitable career in Hollywood by embracing enthusiastic independence in filmmakers, wowing audiences and shaping cinema for three decades.