The Chainsmokers: Another Link on The Chain

Exploding onto the mainstream music scene a little over three years ago, The Chainsmokers have come in with a passionate vengeance to claim the title. The duo have already accomplished numerous chart topping hits, not only in America but all over the world, and collaborated with some quite prominent names in the industry. While well known globally, the pair have also helped new artists, such as Daya, come into the spotlight almost over night. Recently putting out a completely different sound compared to previous tracks, The Chainsmokers are continuing to turn heads, and minds, towards them and the electronic sounds they produce.

Beginning as a sole DJ in New York, Alex Pall was already on his way to becoming known. With the assistance of his long time manager, Pall was introduced to Andrew Taggart and from there it was a rush of almost instantaneous success. In December 2013, the track titles “#Selfie” was released and instantly topped charts internationally, sending the duo spiraling into stardom. The Chainsmokers have been known to produce and release new tracks almost monthly, but with a different feel to their newer tracks, the pair have spent almost a full year getting ready to release.

Priding themselves on being very open and self evident in their music, Taggart and Pall have taken a new “dark” turn with the track “Sick Boy”. Each and every song produced by the duo holds a piece of the lives of these two men within it. With this original track comes a new side of the duo not seen before, something not filled with romance or typical pop beats of their generation. When questioned about the “darkness” in the song, Taggart was quoted as saying, “Our stuff is always a reflection of what’s going on in our lives and the world around us.” The Chainsmokers duo feels that they are growing up, not only as individuals but as artists.

With a major following and an international reputation already under their belts, The Chainsmokers are sure to continue to produce edgy, brilliant electronic dance music for the world to enjoy. With each and every song more and more of the souls of these two chart toppers will be poured out and felt my millions globally.

Greyhound Diaries: The Crossroads of Human Understanding

An American singer songwriter who has taken to the road for more than 12 years and 120,000 Greyhound bus miles has no plans to bring his journey to an end.

 Doug Levitt shares his writings and music of fellow travelers in the form of storytelling in a project known as The Greyhound Diaries. Greyhound operates in 3,800 destinations in North America.

 Inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA (Works Progress Administration) project to get started on the road, Levitt writes songs that tell stories mainly about those who are making a great effort to get by.

 He has crisscrossed the country dozens of times and at one time remained on the road for seven uninterrupted weeks.

 Levitt, who has collaborated with producer David Henry on the Greyhound Diaries, plays the piano, guitar and vocals.

 According to Levitt, everyone has a story and on long bus journeys either the obscurity or quiet thinking about the trip builds a natural environment to share the story.

 He also said many seatmates stories have influenced him and have given him a better understanding of what a number of them are thinking.

 Levitt has performed at settings that vary from shelters and universities to the Walter Reed Military Hospital and Kennedy Center.

 Before undertaking The Greyhound Diaries, Levitt was a journalist and foreign correspondent based in London. He grew up in Washington DC, the son of former D. C. Council Member Carol Schwartz and husband David Schwartz, and attended the D. C. public school system.

 Levitt graduated from Cornell University and went on to earn his masters degree at the London School of Economics.

 What’s more, he rode buses across the country, performing in bus stations and at rallies, while working to register voters for the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry.

 And while Doug  Levitt admits riding the bus is not for everyone, he plans to continue to keep riding the bus himself.