The Chainsmokers Discuss “Closer”, Beginnings and the Nature of Change

In the immediate aftermath of the release of their hit track “Closer”, featuring New Jersey pop singer Halsey, Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers, along with his co-artist Andrew Taggart, sat down with Interview Magazine for a wide-ranging conversation that covered the desire for artistic recognition, the group’s beginnings, the role of social media in the promotion of their music, and how the new track denoted a change in formula for the duo.

The Chainsmokers formed in 2012 and spawned their first hit two years later with the Internet darling “#Selfie”. Their first full-length project was the EP Bouquet, which featured top-ten hit “Roses” (featuring Rozes – of course), while their first top-five single, “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring singer Daya, features in their follow-up EP Collage.

In the interview, Pall discussed meeting Taggart as an up-and-coming New York DJ after deciding to pursue music full-time. “I was working with our same manager now at that time, and then he introduced me to Drew. So we met and just immediately started working,” Pall said. He would go on to point out that beyond their shared taste in music, their common drive to push artistic boundaries and self discover was critical to the success of the duo.

Pall also discussed how social media has unveiled to the duo the diversity in age and nationality of their fan base, using his own mother – a big fan of “Roses” – as an example. “We make music for ourselves,” Pall said, “and it’s really exciting that everyone else is enjoying it enough that they find some emotional connection to it.”

Finally, the DJ touched on touring, and how the changing nature of their singles meant their live shows would organically change, declaring, “it’s all about being on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and giving people new experiences.”

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DAMAC Owner Hussain Sajwani: Developing Dubai

When it comes to how Dubai looks today, DAMAC owner Hussain Sajwani is one of the people who has played the biggest role. He was born in Dubai in the 1950s, and he has had a key role in shaping both the city and the emirate.

Hussain Sajwani grew up in a middle class family in Dubai. His father was the purveyor of imported goods at the shop that he owned. This was the first glimpse into the world of being an entrepreneur that Hussain Sajwani got as a boy.

He did not, however, immediately strike out on his own after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Economics from the University of Washington. Instead, he went to work for a gas company. However, his entrepreneurial drive led him to open his own food services firm within a couple of years. Learn more about Hussain Sajwani: https://www.damacproperties.com/en/investor-relations/corporate-governance/meet-our-board and http://www.albawaba.com/business/pr/damac-needy-children-518106

That first venture proved quite successful, and it was his primary focus for about two decades. Then, in 2002, Hussain Sajwani expanded his focus. That was when he established property development company DAMAC–a company poised to enjoy the benefit of a recent change in Dubai law.

That change in Dubai’s law allowed for the purchase of property by foreigners. This meant a large number of potential customers for the newly founded DAMAC, and Hussain Sajwani was eager to do business with them. In fact, non-emiratis were the primary demographic for the first project DAMAC undertook: a high rise apartment building.

During its nearly 20 years in business, DAMAC has established itself as a leader in luxury property development throughout the region. The company has been responsible for residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects that have helped to shape Dubai and have had a definite impact on the region overall.

DAMAC Owner Hussain Sajwani has also made a point of giving back to the region. In conjunction with DAMAC, he has created the DAMAC Foundation. It is the philanthropic wing of the DAMAC Group.

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