Category Archives: Music

Alex Pell exploring and creating musically

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Alex Pall makes up half of the duo band called The Chainsmokers. He and fellow bandmate Andrew Taggart sat down with Mathias Rosenzweig to discuss new music, what’s unique about their sound, and how they will continue to stand out as they grow even more popularity. The duo didn’t know each other but oddly enough both started out DJing as a side gig, Taggart eventually took more interest in producing. Pall worked a regular shift at in art gallery in New York City and Taggart was attending college in Syracuse. When the two finally met (due to a mutual friend) they discussed all things music, such as who were the “it” people in music at the moment and what sounds they enjoyed. The two meshed so well that they being working together everyday and made making music their primary focus.

 

When it comes to having an identity in the music industry and staying relevant, Pall says “it’s constantly a journey of self-discovery and checking yourself.” On their song “closer” featuring Halsey, Taggart is singing. This is unconventional for a producer to use his vocals on a record. Pall and Taggart are willing to explore new options and ideas as they continue to expand their fan base and create new sounds. The Chainsmokers write their own music (or co-write it) about their real life experiences. The song “closer” is about remembering why you broke up with an ex after being intimate with them again. Taggart and a friend wrote it on a tour bus. Writing their own music makes it even more relatable to those listening.

 

The Chainsmokers have had much success in their career already, and have no intention of stopping or slowing down anytime soon. Pall says “…when you get complacent is when somebody else takes your spot.” The duo is doing it all from festivals to tours and even bigger stage productions. With their fan base increasing to new places such as South Africa and them experimenting musically, we’re sure to see and hear about The Chainsmokers for years to come.

 

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First Listen: Jon Urbana’s Newest Tracks

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As an athlete, Jon Urbana has risen to fame. Now that he is in the public spotlight, people are learning that his life is full of multiple interests. He has numerous likes and things that he is heavily involved in because he has interests or believes they need his help.
As a late entrant in the music world, some are surprised to learn that Jon Urbana is a skilled DJ. Using nothing more than Ableton software and his guitar, Urbana creates electronic music in his own home. He enjoys remixing songs as well as creating his own unique and original tracks. He has built a successful fan base on Soundcloud and even got written up by Bloomberg.

Jon Urbana is also very into photography. His photoblog is full of his artistic takes on everyday life including shots of fire and even food. His creativity shines through as well as his artistic talent with these stills of everyday items that take on a new life through the life of his lenses.

Earth Temple – credit: Jon Urbana


Urbana recently was accepted to the FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, as a certified airman. He has added to his creative and lengthy list of talents recently when he received his license to fly and he says on Twitter that he’s loving it. Now he has the ability to combine his photography talent while sailing through the clouds which is sure to bring his fans some amazing snapshots.

Urbana’s biggest claim to fame so far is his lacrosse camp and sports career. With honorable mention in All-American honors as well as Colonial Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the year he rose to sports fame as the defensive anchor of the Villanova team who was ranked seventh in the nation. His passion for the sport led him to also create Next Level Lacrosse Camp where he coaches and trains kids who are interested in learning this skilled sport.