Alex Pall, Orgins of Artistry

Alex Pall is a musician and songwriter for The Chainsmokers. He was a DJ growing up in New York, and it was at best a source of side income at the time. This was before he even met Andrew whom he formed Chainsmokers with. It was one day at an art gallery when Alex realized his life revolved around the concept of creating music as a serious profession when his music manager brought him Andrew Taggart from Maine.

That is when Alex quit his day job and took on Chainsmokers as a full time occupation. Andrew Taggart was actually in the formal education system at a college before pursuing music as a life choice. He was deeply engrossed by electronic music far before the genre hit the surface of societies awareness of it. When he graduated college that is when more people started to pick up on the trend, but by then he was already ahead of the game.

Andrew heard there was opportunity at New York where DJs were hired for pay, and he wrote a few official songs and posted them on Sound Cloud. He also performed at a few shows, which encouraged him to keep pushing towards his goals. While pursuing his path, that’s when someone who was affiliated with Alex’s manager invited him to audition for a fill in spot on The Chainsmokers. He agreed to the offer, and attained a bus to New York where he met Alex Pall.

The two were immediately collaborating on new music, working hard on their craft for four years to get to where they are now. The two clicked mainly because at the initial start of their relationship, they mainly talked about their love for music and how certain ideas worked better than others in regards to what was currently happening to music at the time.

The Chainsmokers – A Dynamic Duo

The dynamic duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the EDM-pop duo known as the Chainsmokers. The pair formed their musical partnership in 2012, and the producers turned singers have been unstoppable chart stoppers since that time. Pall is from New York, and he attended New York University where he majored in art history and music business. Taggart hails from Maine, and he attended Syracuse University before meeting Pall. Taggert’s passion for EDM grew after he traveled abroad to Argentina and he has been an EDM aficionado since the age of 15.

The Chainsmokers have a series of hits including “Paris,” “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay and “Closer” that stayed Number 1 on the charts for 12 weeks. Their chart-topping song “Don’t Let Me Down” launched the success of lead singer and newcomer, Daya, who became an overnight sensation. Their new single, “Sick Boy,” is a marked departure from their other songs; it is the first song they have released in nine months. “Sick Boy” reflects the beginning of a new music chapter for the duo. The Chainsmokers continue on their path to success by churning out music in the sweet spot between EDM and pop.

According to the duo, their music reflects and is relatable to their generation. People relate to their music based on their own experiences and the music The Chainsmokers produce, they believe, is based on their life experiences, what they have observed, and of course, the current political climate. Not resting on their laurels, The Chainsmokers continuously reinvent themselves. As they grow and mature as individuals and as artists, their music also grows and goes in different and unique directions.

As artists, The Chainsmokers make music they feel resonates with people, but they do not focus on producing hits. They are in control of their art, and they alone decide where they want their music to go in the future. According to the duo, they concentrate on doing better and make sure their music and their shows are dynamic and exciting. Fortunately, they work with a label that allows them to exercise their creativity and flex their musical muscle. Taggart and Pall in an interview shared that they continue to take risks and move outside of their comfort zone; they continue to “push the envelope.” In the final analysis, The Chainsmokers make music that feels good to them.

Emmy Nominee Crystal Hunt Moves from Small to Big Screen

Growing up with a passion for performing and acting, Crystal Hunt began participating in pageants at just two years old. After dabbling in commercials and appearing in the comedy Problem Child 2, Crystal was spotted by a talent agent at the Actor’s Workshop in New York at the age of 17, and was eventually cast as the troubled teenager Lizzie Spaulding on the popular daytime soap opera Guiding Light. She received both an Emmy and a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for her performance.

During her time on Guiding Light, Crystal found her way from television to motion pictures, appearing in the Derby Stallion with Zac Ephron. After her role on Guiding Light was concluded, Crystal could be seen again in the modern retelling of Snow White, Sydney White, with Amanda Bynes. She has also been featured in a number of commercials, including one for the 25th anniversary for the Walt Disney Company and an anti-drug advertisement with *NSYNC.

In 2009, Crystal returned to television in the ABC show One Life to Live as the bad girl stripper Stacy Morasco, a role she played over the course of three years.

Since leaving One Life to Live, Crystal has been featured in a number of movies and worked with numerous well known actors. In 2014 she appeared in N.Y.C Underground, a thriller about a drug deal gone wrong, and 23 Blast, a family drama about a football star who becomes blind.

In 2015, Crystal starred beside a number of her daytime and primetime contemporaries in the reality show Queens of Drama, in which the women were challenged to produce, develop and pitch a spicy new primetime drama. Most recently, she can also be seen on the big screen in the hit sequel Magic Mike XXL with such talents as Channing Tatum, Jada Pinkett Smith and Matt Bomer. Be sure to follow Crystal on Facebook for more information.