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Alex Pall: A Musical Visionary

In an article from Interview Magazine, the popular DJ duo The Chainsmokers discuss where they came from, fame, and the routes they plan to go to keep impressing their fans. The duo released their song “Closer” that features recording artist Halsey as well. The article discusses how this song was different due to the fact that this song marked the first time that The Chainsmokers actually sung in one of their own pieces. Andrew Taggart recorded some lyrics on this huge hit song showing that the duo is in fact very versatile.

Allan Pall goes on to mention in the article that he started DJing around New York City doing smaller side gigs because it was something he was so passionate about. He started to feel that his passion was leading him to what he wanted to keep doing as a career. Pall’s manager introduced him to Taggart and the rest is history. Both men shared the same drive and passion and the two began working together immediately.

Pall mentions in the article how him and Taggart spent hours everyday trying to build a identity for what they were both so passionate about. Both men began to study what worked and what didn’t work around them musically and really tried to encompass a specific route that they wanted to go in their careers. They wanted people to relate to their work and really connect with their music. Pall explains how The Chainsmokers have become much more popular than they could have ever dreamed of. They want to keep people interested and keep incorporating new things into their work.

Pall talks about how Instagram shows the diversity of people they are reaching and how incredible it is. All age groups and different ethnicities are connecting with their music and it is a special thing. They are happy to know that they are connecting with so many different people in the world and that their music has such a big voice. Pall explains that they are going to continue to push themselves and grow so that they can keep connecting on a deep level with their fans. The duo wants to keep giving their fans new and unique experiences as told through their music.

Lawrence Bender: An Original UMaine Success Story

One of the most recognizable and highly-respected names in the world of film and television is Lawrence Bender.

The 60-year-old Hollywood super producer is well known for his ground-breaking alliance with Quentin Tarantino, another legendary film maker who is a screenwriter and director. 1992’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’ was the foundation for Tarantino and Lawrence Bender Productions.

After this era-defining film was released, a number of other films, such as 1994’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ and 1997’s ‘Jackie Brown’ would be released by the film distribution powers associated with the business partnership between Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino.

However, ruling Tinsel Town was not the first dream Bender had growing up. In fact, following in the tradition of his grandfather, Bender enrolled in the University of Maine during the 1970s to study civil engineering long before Lawrence Bender Productions was founded.

However, it was during his years at the University of Maine in which an epiphany of sorts occurred for the budding young film maker. Bender did eventually obtain his degree in civil engineering from UMaine and graduated in 1979.

But he went in a totally different career direction after graduation. “Speaking in a funny kind of way, you would never say, ‘OK, I want to become a producer. I’ll get a degree in civil engineering, become a dancer, and then become a producer,’” Bender told the UMaine Today newspaper.

“However, I happened to have managed those two things and they are exactly what producing requires. It’s to be able to creatively tell a story and, at the same time, to solve all of the problems in order to tell that story,” he continued.

In 2013, Bender received an accolade from his alma mater that is just as illustrious as his several Oscar nominations. In that year, The University of Maine awarded Bender with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He cherished this marvelous experience in a 2013 interview with the Portland Herald newspaper.

“The University of Maine gave me everything I needed to do what I do. There’s so much stuff out there, and when you’re in college, you’ve got to grab it and absorb it,” Bender told the Herald.