Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart: The names behind the Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers have quickly become a force within the EDM community, but who are the mind behind the innovative music group? Matthias Rosenzweig was intent on getting the story of the two, young New Yorkers who have exploded onto the pop music scene like a wildfire. The interview covered topics ranging from their lives before The Chainsmokers, up to the future that the duo can see for themselves.

Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. To the majority of people, these names mean nothing. However, these two young men have become world famous under another name. Under the guise of their electronic dance musical group, The Chainsmokers, Pall and Taggart have exploded onto the scene. But what is their story. Pall tells Rosenzweig that he had been working as a small time DJ in New York City, when his manager introduced him to Andrew Taggart. This would change his life.

Taggart describes the meeting as “love at first sight” and Pall says they both compliment each other excellently, with the two knowing what the other could bring to the table. Alex Pall describes their work ethic as “9 AM to 7 PM, we got together every day and worked on music and creating our identity as artists.” This creating an identity was one of the biggest challenges the group faced in its early life, being involved in a saturated musical genre, where many songs sounded the same, or sampled from existing songs. However, the group has created a unique sound and identity for itself, with Pall and Taggart lending their impressive vocals as well as their mixing and production skills, and with help from other excellent vocals, such as Halsey in their hit song Closer.

Rosenzweig also inquired to Pall and Taggart about their fanbase. Alex Pall said that Instagram had been a huge help in identifying their fanbase, as well as establishing a connection for feedback. The Chainsmokers also stated how surprised they were at the diversity of their fan base, which ranged from 6 year olds singing the song in videos sent to the duo, all the way to Pall’s mother, humming along to their song Roses.

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The Chainsmokers Music Grows With Their Experience

Popular group, The Chainsmokers, have realized success fairly fast after hitting the scene considering how hard it is to break into the music industry. After making it on the top ten charts, the band continued to rise in popularity and left behind any doubt about the group being a one hit wonder. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have not only continued their early success, but been able to create music that crossed genre lines while still remaining true to their sound and style. For this reason, The Chainsmokers have not only kept their fans, but gained more as their reputation has grown ahead of them.

Most recently The Chainsmokers released a new single that is darker than what they have been producing for the duration of their career. The single, Sick Boy, is according to the band the first of many more to come and the style in which they want to continue exploring. While they have control over the lyrics and style, the group says that their music is influenced by current culture. The darker our culture gets, the darker their music gets because the one reflects the other.

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The duo doesn’t want their music to end at reflecting what they are seeing in society, but to serve as a way to reach out to and cause listeners of their music to reevaluate their roles in society. Just like their fan base, The Chainsmokers think it is imperative of them to use the platforms that they have created, but not to fall victim to the trends and behaviors that those platforms sometimes create in us. They see these behaviors as the new reality into which most of society has fallen for and taken up, and this is mirrored in the reality they experienced through their music when they first started realizing success.

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The Unique Sound of Norka Luque Dominates the Music Airwaves

There is always a Latin artist trying to break into the mainstream entertainment community. Over four decades ago it was the Miami Sound Machine featuring the vocals of Gloria Estefan (Gloria María Fajardo García). In 1999, the spotlight was on Ricky Martin. Other artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Selena Gomez have also walked the path.

As of now, the spotlight is on Norka Martinez Luque. This Venezuelan singer was born in Caracas on February 7, 1986. She developed an interest in singing as a child, and her parents encouraged her to take piano, dance and voice training. She even took part in competitions such as the “The Golden Voice” and the “School Festival of Gaitas” – Venezuelan folk music contest.

After completing her early education, she moved to France to pursue higher education. She majored in Business Administration and graduated with diplomas in Fashion, Culinary Arts, and Marketing. During her time as a student, she stayed in touch with her musical ambition by joining a band, “Bad Moon Rising.” They would tour France performing in different gigs. Her time with the band enabled her to get a taste of the European music community.

Norka Luque’s big break

Norka’s big break came when she met the legendary producer Emilio Estefan. Emilio agreed to work with Norka after he heard her sing. Emilio together with Archie Pena, Hermanos Gaitán, and Luigi Giraldo produced Norka’s first album. This album quickly became a success.

“Como lo haces tú” was her first single from the album. The song became an instant hit in the Latin music community and Norka got a nomination for Best Pop Female Artist of the Year in the “Premios Lo Nuestro.” At the beginning of 2012, Norka premiered her second single “Milagro.”The song amusingly blended the Caribbean and Mediterranean flavors, making it a masterpiece.

“Milagro” was produced in three versions; salsa version, dance version and urban remixed version. The salsa version held the top position in Venezuela charts for 14 straight weeks. The dance version remixed by DJ Ralphi Rosario climbed to the 11th position on the Billboard Dance Club. The urban remixed version was a massive success and dominated the airwaves in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Her latest single is “Tomorrowland.” She is currently working in on its re-launch later this year.

Norka Luque is heading the right direction. She has a team of great producers and songwriters by her side. As of now, we can say that her success is almost a guarantee.