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Alex Pall, the Original DJ from the Chainsmokers

As a young guy in New York City, Alex Pall was obsessed with dance music and worked as a DJ on the side of his regular job at an art gallery. He really wanted to turn DJing into a career and that opportunity came when he hooked up with Andrew Taggart and the Chainsmokers as we know them were born.


Taggart moved down to the big city from Maine and they obsessed together about music, the DJ scene and where they wanted to fit into it all. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart had grown up listening to much of the same music and they wanted to be able to express their own sound, not just fit into the electronic genre. The Chainsmokers set themselves apart from other DJs and electronic artists by writing their own songs about their own lives and even singing on some of the tracks. While they do enlist the help of talented friends and lyricists for some songs, they keep the direction going in the way they want it to go.

Eventually, Alex Pall says, they hope to have a full album that is not just a collection of unrelated songs, but a cohesive body of work. He doesn’t just want to stick to the format of every other DJ album with a few hit songs, a couple of dance songs, some okay filler and an interlude.


As the popularity of the Chainsmokers grows, so does their audience. They aren’t just playing to the college crowd anymore. Their fans range from children to people their parents’ age. Thanks to the internet, they also have followers all over the world. Alex Pall finds this reassuring since they mainly make music for themselves and hope others like it as much as they do.


The expansion in their audience has inspired them to keep making their live performances bigger and more exciting. Special guests and big productions mixed with short acts keep the show interesting and keep fans wanting more.

Clayton Hutson – article recap

Being from Nashville, TN, music is naturally a part of Clayton Hutson’s life, and this has been the case since his time as a youth growing up in the area. Today, he has transformed his passion for music, which is heavily tied to rock and roll, into a thriving business in which he works as a sound engineer. Clayton Hutson attended Central Michigan University where he garnered a Master’s degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, where his major concentration was in business administration. Over the course of his career, Mr. Hutson has worked for a number of live entertainment companies, but it was during the recession, that he decided to strike out on his own, amidst virtually universally uncertain economic times. As a sound engineer, Clayton Hutson has worked with a myriad of reputable figures in, and outside of the music industry, including Pink, Kid Rock, Kelly Clarkson, and Billy Graham. In taking his initial “leap of faith,” Clayton Hutson brought with him a level of expertise that allowed him to quickly flourish in his new endeavor. Recently, Clayton Hutson sat down for a brief Q&A session in which he discussed his business processes, as well as a few things that have him excited about what the future holds. Learn more:

Live production, rigging services, and sound engineering are the major methods in which Mr. Hutson generates his income – mostly attaining new clientele through word of mouth, as well as through his website. Because he decided to embark on his career as a business owner during one of the most frustrating economic times of recent American history, his decision was, indeed, tough, but his ability to consistently deliver a top quality service, allowed him to gain new clients at a fast pace. When discussing the most prominent factors in his continued success, Mr. Hutson conveyed that he believes it is his determination and dedication to delivering a quality service that has kept him working and evolving. He also consistently works irregular hours when necessary, and because of the importance of the service that he’s rendering, being that a simple mistake could lead to a major catastrophe during a show, he checks his work repeatedly for errors. In the future, Clayton Hutson hopes to continue providing high-quality sound engineering services, while growing his business, and the innovations being made in modern tech, have allowed him to take his process to a new level.