How Alex Pall Wants To Develop As A True Musical Artist

Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers says he grew up with aspirations of being a DJ. Once he moved to New York City to attend college he started playing at small events around the city. It was while he was still a student that it hit him that playing dance music was his passion in life. He left an art gallery job he had, as well as the university, and got serious about his craft. His manager hooked him up with someone else that he was managing, Drew Taggart, and since that time they have exploded in popularity.

Their first singles release was “#Selfie” and this was followed up by two huge hits which were “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses”. They first gained national attention and then went international. The Chainsmokers are a production and DJ band which diverges from others in their genre in a number of ways. Other dance bands, for instance, need to have other vocalists and songwriters in order to do their music. Alex Pall says that they write a good portion of their own lyrics and guide the rest. He says this makes their music a lot more personal as well as revealing about who they are and what they are really thinking. He says that they both want to be recognized as true artists at their craft rather than just someone creating beats behind a DJ booth.

When they first got together Alex Pall says that they swiftly went from working together a few times a week to working together every day from like 9 am to 7 pm. They worked on their music, figured out where they wanted to go with it, and further developed as artists. He says becoming better artists is very important to both of them. This isn’t just to pay the bills, although of course that’s an aspect of anyone’s professional life, but to instead do a lot more than just that. He likes it when people relate to what they are doing on a really deep level and come to understand their viewpoints on the things they sing and produce music about.

Sergio Cortes: Resurrecting Michael Jackson

When Michael Jackson has passed on, it has left a huge void in the music and entertainment industry. No matter what anyone has to say about him, Michael Jackson has made a huge impact in the world of entertainment. He has also participated in philanthropic activities. However, just because he is gone does not mean that people are stuck with past videos of the King of Pop. There is an impersonator of Michael Jackson who bears an unbelievable resemblance to the late singer. His name is Sergio Cortes. He has used his talent and work to bring the King of Pop back to life for audiences.

As anyone would know, impersonating someone is a very difficult thing to achieve. It takes a lot of time, research, dedication and discipline in order to get everything down about another person. One has to get his speech, his mannerisms, his mindset, and everything about him down. It could also require a lot of practice depending on a few factors. Michael Jackson is one of those people that are very hard to imitate.

Sergio sounds exactly like Michael Jackson. His moves are done in a way that exactly matches the King of Pop. Every song Michael Jackson has sung has been performed and covered perfectly by him. The complete essence of Michael Jackson has been captured by Sergio Cortes. Sergio even has the fashion sense and style of Michael Jackson down to the point where if he would say that he is Michael Jackson, everyone would believe him. Sergio Cortes has captured everything about Michael Jackson in a way that fans of the late King of Pop can live the experience of him on stage as if he is still alive.

There is speculation as to what is next for Sergio. He might take his impersonation of Michael Jackson on tour so that he can show the world the phenomenon that impacted the world. He himself has become a phenomenon in that he can not only imitate someone, he can actually bring that person to life. This is one talent that very few people actually have. Even then, it is the dedication and the practice that he has put into this act that is paying off for him.

Jack White Responds to Criticisms of Tidal

Recently, Jack White, musician and key supporter of the new music streaming service TIDAL, released a Q&A-style post on his record label, Third Man Records’ website. In it, he responded to his fans’ concerns over Tidal, with one of the main concerns being that the new streaming service charges a premium to use their service ($9.99 for their TIDAL Premium subscription, and $19.99 for their TIDAL HiFi subscription), and this premium will only serve to put more money in the pockets of artists who have already attained a large amount of wealth, most notably rapper and mogul Jay-Z.

“It’s not about the rich getting richer” White argued. “It takes artists that can get people’s attention to be able to make a scenario possible for those artists that don’t have a voice to get in a position where they aren’t struggling.”, going to make a seemingly tongue-in-cheek comparison to cinema, asking, “Do we tell Steven Spielberg we don’t need to pay him anymore to watch his movies? He’s made enough off of us right?”

The whole Q&A can be read here, where he also addresses misinformation about TIDAL, how TIDAL will help smaller artists get the exposure they deserve, and even the ways he listens to music in the car and in the bedroom. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital thought it was all pretty interesting.

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” is the Most Watched Music Video of 2014

Katy Perry’s conceptually bizarre music video “Dark Horse” has become 2014’s most watched Youtube videoThis comes as a surprise to Bruce Levenson who has never seen it. Third on the list was “Can’t Remember to Forget”, a duet by Shakira and Rihanna that compiled 442 million views. Shakira also took fourth place with her World Cup Anthem, “La La La”, with 418 million views. 
Jason Derulo took fifth place with “Wiggle,” at 389 million views. Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” took the next spot with over 376 million views, followed by Sia’s “Chandelier” with 349 million. Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” took 8th place, having compiled 329 million views in a shorter amount of time, having only been released in August. Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass” and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” were the last two on the list.