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A “Closer” look at Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers

Following the release of “Closer” Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart sat down with Mathias Rosenzweig of Interview Magazine to discuss the bands particular brand of dance music, how their work has evolved with their rise to fame, and their future in the genre. Alex started DJing in New York as a hobby early in life, but didn’t really take it seriously until he was introduced to Andrew by their mutual manager. Soon after, Drew joined him in New York from his home in Maine, and together they began to pursue music in earnest. The duo was mutually driven to succeed and soon began to shape their identity around their music.

They pursued their passions with the knowledge that it wasn’t just a job, but a journey of self discovery. Their music wasn’t just a way to pay the bills, but a true expression of their core values that people could relate to on a much more intimate level. Artistry was paramount, and Alex was determined to make sure that the duo continued to try new things. Alex was quick to point out that many artists today don’t write lyrics to their own songs. He wanted to do more, and so the duo began to work with the songwriters.

Rather than slap together an album where the songs had nothing in common, the duo wanted to make a succinct production that broke out of the stereotypical DJ album mold. “Closer” provided the duo with the opportunity to not only show case their writing skills, as it was written and sung by Andrew, but also take a step in the right direction in terms of forming their own unique identity. Alex is in awe of the international attention the group has begun to garner on social media sites such as Instagram, and admits that its pretty exciting to see the groups music transcending age and borders. By performing live shows and creating new visual content, Pall hopes to remain at the forefront of the genre and push the boundaries of what it means to be a modern DJ.

Lawrence Bender’s Work on Goodwill Hunting and His Career in Film Production

Lawrence Bender is the producer of one of America’s favorite movies that, is now, a classic. The movie Good Will Hunting was released in 1997 and has such a deep and moving storyline that it became an immediate classic and won over the hearts of billions of people. The entire movie feels like an in-depth peek into the life of Matt Damon’s character and those who weave their lives into his. The script was actually written by two of the movies stars: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. It also lines of the incredible talents of Robin Williams and Minnie Driver to complete an incredible cast. The plot follows the life of Matt Damon’s character, who works as a blue collar janitor. After a run-in with the law, he ends up working closely with therapist and renowned teacher, played by Robin Williams. It comes to like that he is an actual genius with an unmatched talent for mathematics.

In addition of Good Will Hunting, the films Lawrence Bender has produced have received nearly 30 Academy Award nominations, including a total of three nominations for Best Picture. Of those three nominations, he won six of them. He has worked on some very high-level films. These films include Reservoir Dogs, which was one of the firm major films that Lawrence Bender ever worked on in a production capacity. He also worked on Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards and Django Unchained. Along with his blockbuster films, he also produced the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. This documentary was one of the best I have seen to date and the documentary raised a huge deal of discussion and awareness about the real issues of climate change that were affecting us today, and would affect us in years to come. An Inconvenient Trust also won that year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Lawrence Bender was born in the Bronx and he officially made his major debut as a member of the known film community in 1987 through his work on Reservoir Dogs, which became an immediate sensation. He is currently still producing some of the top films in Hollywood and also continues his career in screen writing.