“The Chainsmokers” is a two-man band that is half electronic and half pop. Both members are DJ’s who love electronic music and live in New York City, and both have shared interests in EDM artists and becoming ultra successful. The names of the band members are Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, and Alex’s first gig was as a DJ doing shows for fun and to make a little money in the city. He kept constantly bumping into a dude called Andrew from Maine, who coincidentally was interning at Interscope Records. After Alex’s band member was no longer with The Chainsmokers, Alex’s manager thought that it would be great if he spend some time with this Andrew guy and see if he would be a good fit to fill the spot in the duet.
As it so happens, they hit it off great and spent nearly all day every day together composing music and pushing themselves to higher levels. Eventually they found themselves in a place where they were putting out excellent music, but lyrically it was starting to sound like every other band on Spotify’s “Young and Free” playlist. So after working out at the gym one day, Andrew had the clevver idea to stop trying to fit into the cookie-cutter style, and to believe in himself and write about songs which came from personal experience: from the heart.
In one of the more uniquely honest popular songs in matters of the heart, “Closer” is an epic ballad between a man and a woman who used to date and know everything about each other, yet decide to hook up anyways and pursue themselves to see if it really can be a match or not.
Four smash hits later with billions of views on YouTube alone, it’s safe to say that The Chainsmokers are rock solid and nowhere to go but up. It seems like it’s platinum albums and Grammy’s in store for these two.
Chainsmokers, the dynamic duo that is behind hit songs like ‘Roses’ and ‘Don’t Back Down’ is a brand that’s becoming widely appreciated across the world. The men behind the music, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are two men passionate about the music they work on and about growing as artists.
Alex Pall talks about how the duo’s passion for the music they were creating and how they spent their days working on their music and focusing on creating their identity. In a genre that includes some of the most talented musicians, and one industry where there are newer musicians every passing day, Chainsmokers have decided to come out from behind the turntables and even go as far as writing and singing their own lyrics.
The duo believes that this is one of the many things that set them apart, giving the music their own twist. With each of them striving to break past the mould of what techno or dance music means and working with talented artists like Coldplay and Halsey giving each of their songs a new take on stories connected to themselves. It is important for them to tell stories about their lives through their songs. Each song is something that relates on a personal level with them as well as the person listening to the music. It’s that personal connection that has garnered a following for The Chainsmokers across the world.
It’s not just about creating music, Alex and Andrew have an interesting perspective on the music business. Talking about how most people in the world are listening to songs that were created from a while back. How the artist has already moved to a different stage when the listener is connecting to their song that’s currently out.
They note how ‘Closer’ the song Chainsmokers have done featuring Halsey is about personal experiences Andrew had growing up and how it was a pleasure to work with her. In Alex Pall’s words, Halsey is unapologetically her and that’s the kind of artist that Chainsmokers would like to work with.
The duo stressed how they thrive under the good kind of pressure that having different songs like ‘Closer’ with Andrew singing poses challenges to them when it comes to performing them live but they look forward to handling such challenges on their next tour.
Many may remember when President Trump, then a candidate during the 2015 campaign season delivered the controversial speech at a rally about how he planned to ban Muslims from the US. But one man who is a Muslim himself seemed to understand exactly what Trump was saying because that man is a longtime friend of the Trumps, Hussain Sajwani. Sajwani is a real estate investor and developer in the United Arab Emirates whose bought magnificent vacation homes and commercial high rise buildings, and he said that he was not in the least offended by Trump’s rhetoric. Sajwani has done many partnerships with President Trump and his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, and he knew full well the bluster that Trump often displays. He believed Trump truly was looking out for the national security interests of his country, and he said those comments would not in any way hinder his hopes of partnering with the Trump organization for more deals.
Hussain Sajwani has spent over 20 years in real estate developing, but he started out in the oil and catering businesses first. He achieved his bachelor’s in business from the University of Washington and then helped the prestigious Abu Dhabi National Oil Corporation make new contract deals as manager for its GASCO company. While still in that role, he began a side business in catering which actually picked up clients all over the world. He hired some of the top international chefs and had logistics reaching both government and private sector clients, and even the US Army gave him a plaque in honor of the quality of food that was served to troops deployed in the Gulf War.
Hussain Sajwani, the DAMAC owner, kept his catering business even after he he went all in on real estate investing. He formed a private investment firm that today is listed on both the Abu Dhabi and London Stock Exchange, and he became the DAMAC owner in 2002 after DAMAC Properties was officially formed. He had previously bought several small-scale hotels but then upgraded to the upscale lodgings around 2005 when Marina Terrace was completed. He partnered with the Versace and Bugatti companies one year later to build DAMAC Tower, and his relationship with the Trumps began around that same time. The biggest properties Sajwani partnered with the Trump family to build were the Tiger Woods Golf Course and Resort out near a desert oasis, and the Trump World Resort in Dubai. Sajwani is also the main chairman for a refugee support organization for those fleeing war zones in the Middle East.
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