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.

https://genius.com/artists/Alex-pall

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.

Gangnam Style” Video on Youtube Has Made Millions (and Counting)

Youtube has officially been broken. The Psy music video “Gangnam Style” has been viewed 2,147,483,647 times. That’s right, over 2 billion views! It was viewed so many times that youtube’s counter malfunctioned.

My friend Jonathan Veitch told me that when you post a video on youtube, you can enter into a program that allows you to make money off of ads. The more views you get, the more money you can make. Obviously you need a lot of views to make any significant money. The New York Times has estimated that “Gangnam Style” has earned Psy $2 million so far just from youtube ads.That is a rough estimate. It is hard to know the exact amount, as youtube keeps half (meaning they also they also made $2 million off of “Gangnam Style”). Profits also depend on what type of ads are run, banners or video ads. Psy also has the option of making deals with companies like Hyundai to run ads before the video.

“Gangnam Style” was released over a year ago, but it still gets 2 to 3 million hits per day! Psy can live the rest of his life off of the profits of a single music video.

Clearly, the monetary future of the music industry is in the hands of tween girls all over the world.