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Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the production duo that makes up a group called The Chainsmokers. The duo has been active in the music industry since 2012 and has released hit songs such as “Roses”, “#Selfie”, and “Closer.” The duo has been awarded for their efforts in music with two American Music Awards and five iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart started working together after Pall’s manager introduced them to each other. At the time Pall was DJing around the New York area and had recently begun to think of it as a career.
“It was more just side word that I was really passionate about,” Pall confessed. It wasn’t until one single moment, while in an art gallery, that Pall realized that his music was consuming his life and that he could really make a career out of it.
Finally, when Pall’s manager introduced him to Drew Taggart, he started really working on his music seriously. Taggart moved from Maine and Pall quit his job and they both began making music full-time. Pall knew right away that the duo would be a success. “We were both very observant about what was going on around us and who was killing it.” Pall explained. “[Drew and I] were trying to shape an identity around this.”
The Chainsmokers are a unique pair in the music industry. Up until the release of “Closer“, neither Taggart nor Pall had loaned their own voices to one of their songs. The Chainsmokers are more accustomed to allowing other artists to sing the songs they write and produce. For example, singer Halsey was a featured artist on “Closer.”
Thanks to Instagram, The Chainsmokers know exactly who their audience is. “From what I see on social media, it’s becoming more international,” Pall began. “We’re seeing places like the Philippines and South Africa.” Surprisingly the gender demographic seems to be split between girls and guys, Pall gathered from his Instagram feed. “It seems like we’re reaching the 16 to 25 demographic,” he said.
With Taggart now performing as a vocalist, The Chainsmokers live show will be changing significantly. In the future, if Taggart chooses to continue singing, the choreography and performance elements will only keep getting bigger and better.
The worlds of high finance and heavy metal rarely meet in the public eye but in the life of former Viper drummer, Cassio Audi these two different worlds have come together in a powerful way. Most financial experts simply appear to the public when they have already made their success and fortune working for the major financial institutions of the industry, but not Cassio Audi; for four short years in the 1980s, Cassio Audi was one of the best-known figures in Brazilian heavy metal before turning his back on fame to develop his financial career. Follow Cassio Audi on Facebook.
It was during his teenage years in Sao Paulo Cassio Audi made the friends he would play alongside as heavy metal became the major musical force in Brazil from the middle of the 80s to the present day. Audi played the drums for a number of bands in Sao Paulo but found his home in Viper, a band formed by a group of teenagers who came together through a shared love of British heavy metal. At a time when heavy metal was at its height across Brazil, Cassio Audi was one of the best-known drummers for his work on two demo recordings created by Viper that would go down in history as one of the best-reviewed releases of the period. Read more about Cassio Audi at metal-archives.com.
After only two years together, Viper finally made the big time in 1987 when the band signed to the label, Rock Brigade and agreed to create their first studio album. Cassio Audi will always be immortalized by his work on the album, “Theatre of Fate” and the critical acclaim that followed the release of the album by an almost unknown band. Although already a success in music, Cassio Audi felt his future lay elsewhere and returned to study at Sao Paulo University in 1989 and begin his financial career.
Some stars start early. Crystal Hunt is one of them. Born in Clearwater, Florida on February 2, 1985, she began her career at the young age of 2 years old. At this time, she began participating in pageants where her talent was acting. She appeared in many commercials as a child and teenager, among them, a promotion for the Walt Disney Company’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and an anti-drug campaign with *NSYNC.
Her first movie role was in the 1991 film Problem Child 2. In 2003 at the age of 17, an agent discovered her at the Actors Workshop in New York and recommended she audition for the role of troubled teen Lizzie Spaulding on the soap opera Guiding Light. After the directors viewed several auditions from multiple actresses, they determined that Crystal was the best fit for the role. She was originally cast on recurring status because of her age, but was moved to contract status in 2004. The role lasted for 4 years, and, in 2005, won her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series.
After she left Guiding Light in 2006, Crystal went on to star alongside Amanda Bynes in the romantic comedy Sydney White in 2007, piggybacking off her success in the series and a movie appearance in the Derby Stallion opposite Zac Efron in 2005.
In February 2009, she returned to her television roots when she was cast as the stripper Stacy Morasco in the daytime soap One Life to Live, where she stayed for 3 years.
Currently, Crystal Hunt can be seen as a member of the main cast in the reality show Queens of Drama and opposite Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL. Additionally, she was an executive producer for the 2015 film Talbot County.