Breaking the DJ stereotype – Alex Pall and the Chainsmokers
March 29, 2018
The Chainsmokers being a pioneering band in changing the entire concept of a DJ and developing an emotionality towards their work, Mathias Rosenzweig, tries to understand more about them and their vision.
In an attempt to understand, how the duo even came about, Alex and Andrew both recount their starting days within the music industry. Both artists being passionate about DJing and electronic music had already decided that their careers must be within this field, and when their paths crossed, they took no time in realizing that to work together was the way forward. The main reason for this click being that both the artists not only realized the strengths that the other brought to the table, but their level of enthusiasm, as well as, knowledge of the industry, was completely on par.
When questioned about whether being a DJ made having an image as an artist difficult, they admitted that it could have, but the duo had decided to deviate from the norm. Alex further elaborated, that they stopped limiting themselves, started being emotionally invested in what they wrote and the results showed. He also went on to explain that, this was an important step, unlike many other artists and DJs the Chainsmokers started writing songs which were based on their own lives and also had their original lyrics within it. It was within this struggle that a song like ‘closer’ emerged.
Mathias goes on to ask about the audience that the band is connecting to, and taking advantage of social media and the demographics that it displays, they explain how their audience over the years, has developed from being only college kids to be much more diverse and even international. This does pose a positive challenge to them while performing, as they have to not only ensure that the shows are unique and exciting but also that they cater to the various age groups that follow them. To them this is key, the pressure and the willingness to always improve and to always deliver better, while staying true to themselves.
Clayton Hutson on new trends, working music tours, and a book recommendation
March 12, 2018
Clayton Hutson is a successful player in the music industry. He worked on the “Bleed Like Me” world tour with the famous Band Garbage. They traveled all over the world from North America, to Australia, to Europe where Mr. Hutson worked as their monitor engineer. He also worked for OneRepublic’s “Honda Civic Tour” during last summer in North America and Asia.
With all his previous experience as a live sound engineer, show producer, and much more Clayton was inclined to start his own business. He was working for a company when the recession hit them hard, and so it was the best time to start his own venture. Clayton Hutson takes lots of time and effort getting everything right so they show can go off without a hitch. He meticulously checks over every detail again and again to make sure everything runs smoothly. This means he shows up to the concert arena before 7 in the morning when he gets the day started and organized. Buying an iPhone was one of his best purchases he says. It allows his to get way more done and be more organized than before. He can stay in contact with his crew to make sure they stay informed about every aspect of their job.
There is new trends that excite the production manager including new lighting equipment. Not only is it much brighter, but it moves around on wheels making things much easier. Looking back on his life there are lessons he has learned. One of them being to prioritize family first above anything else. The other factor is to be completely honest with himself and others even if it’s uncomfortable. Clayton had worked with a subcontractor in the past and it did not go well. It was a hard and costly experience that made Mr. Hutson at how he runs things. Now he takes more measures to protect his company and their reputation from unnecessary hardship. On the same note Clayton recommends that people read “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… and It’s All Small Stuff.” It helped the sound engineer focus on what was important to him and forget the rest.
New York City resident Clayton Hutson is an entrepreneur, businessman, and live sound engineer equipment expert to the stars. The avid hat collector works long hours and has an eye for detail to show clients like Kid Rock that he knows what he’s doing. The California native went to school for theater production and has not slowed down since then. Learn more: https://www.discogs.com/artist/4165463-Clay-Hutson