The Chainsmokers: A Duo Defining Their Own Brand for Success

It has been nothing but success for the music group, the Chainsmokers ever since they released the singles like “Roses” “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer.” Their dream of personalizing their brand and becoming distinguished as real artists is no doubt on the right track.

The track Closer featured Andrew Taggart singing – part of the duo with Alex Pall. The two, unlike other artists who might hide from the thick synths of music and the conspicuous drops, strive to reveal themselves each day. They bring intimacy and weave splendor into the otherwise emotion-elusive music genre.

Really happy!! These sort of days mean the world to me!

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Asked in an interview how they started working together, Alex Pall noted that as a DJ who’d realized how dance music was consuming him while growing up, he met Andrew Taggart – who’d taken a liking to electronic music way before it was popular – through their manager. He quit his job and hence began their career.

The duo said that they knew everything would work out if they collaborated. Driven by their ambition to be unique, they utilized the gap in the industry and not wanting to treat their work as an actual job, it was their core values that brought them success.

According to Taggart, being a DJ duo in the electronic genre is neither easy nor hard. He says that there are productions that sound like other popular music out there and artists are so competitive. As a result, the two resolved to marry pop, indie, dance, and hip-hop together. This is their secret to why they’ve come so far.

Although the duo works with other songwriters, the songs are about them. Working with Halsey was a great achievement for them and they had always admired her. The song “Closer” as Pall says was something Andrew and another friend wrote on a tour bus.

Over the years, the duo has realized a global reach and Pall and Andrew couldn’t be gladder than having to perform in front of more than 30 people. The duo said that they are looking to push boundaries and bring excitement and something new in every live show.

They are incorporating new and unique visuals that define who they are and their beautiful music. As such, they have new content created every time they have a show, and from each performance, you can tell that it is worth the effort.
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The Greyhound Diaries Document Doug Levitt’s Adventures Across America

Traveling across the country is an adventure, but traveling over 100,000 miles in a Greyhound bus is an extravaganza. Doug Levitt took a decade and made the trip several times, documenting it by writing and singing songs, producing two albums, and displaying photo exhibits all included in The Greyhound Diaries.

 

Many of his writings have been published that cover his adventures including The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times of London, and The Christian Science Monitor. His project has been seen on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and he has thousands of fans around the world.

 

Before Doug set out on his this amazing trip, he was a foreign correspondent based in London. He traveled the globe, often being dispatched to Iran, Rwanda, and Bosnia, and developed a broad range of opinions and interests. He made friendships in his journeys with other travelers, most of which were in a compromised season of their lives and were struggling to get by.

 

Doug has performed sections of The Greyhound Diaries in many different venues such as shelters, ex-offender programs, Walter Reed Military Hospital, The Kennedy Center and the Woody Guthrie Center. The photos are graphic and real, and they expose the raw essence of traveling Greyhound customers. Levitt expertly captures fellow travelers engaging in life in his writings both literally and figuratively that with descriptions of everyday situations.

 

Doug Levitt is now 45, and he enjoys performing the project in one venue or another. Born in 1972, he spent his childhood in Washington, D.C., attending public schools with his parents’ careers spent in the political arena. When he was 16, a life-changing event occurred when his father committed suicide. Doug mentions this as the experience that was instrumental in choosing his pathway of becoming an artist, and Levitt combines all his talents in The Greyhound Diaries.