In the short amount of time since Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart formed the group in 2012, under the management of Adam Alpert, The Chainsmokers have made a name for themselves. They first made their live debut in September of 2014 at Terminal 5, where they opened for Timeflies. Held in Hell’s Kitchen, Terminal 5 is a small venue with a capacity of 3,000 people. Earlier that year, the group had re-released their first single, “#Selfie” through Dim Mak Records, which would eventually receive international attention and peaked on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Since then, The Chainsmokers have released one studio album (“Memories…Do Not Open”), three EPs (“Bouquet,” “Collage,” “Sick Boy”), and several hit singles. Recently, their single “Closer” hit one billion streams on Spotify. In March of this year, The Chainsmokers became the first Dance Artist/DJ to top a Billboard 100 list, hitting #1 on the Billboard Dance 100 list.
The Chainsmokers released another single earlier this year as part of a series of monthly releases leading up to their second studio album. The single, entitled “Somebody,” is part of their upcoming album, Sick Boy EP. A few days after its release, Alex and Andrew posted a video on Facebook giving some insight into the way they composed their hit song. In it, they show that they increased the singer’s pitch, this due in party by the voice having been originally recorded for a different song.
The music video itself reflects on the layering that occurs in The Chainsmokers’ compositions: the video presents a single canvas painted over to depict different scenes of entertainment throughout history. Upon completion, each scene holds for only a few brief moments, before being painted over again. The video shows The Chainsmokers’ ability to experiment and grow as artists. Fans and critics alike will wait with bated breath to see what is in next in store for the young EDM duo.
Traveling by bus can be exhaustive and utterly soul waning because it takes countless hours to reach your destination. Most of us will prefer taking a flight, and will only consider a bus if we are broke or miss the longevity involved. People take the bus for the fun of it, as a jaunt with friends, or because their towns are far from the airport. Of all the whys and wherefores that cause people to travel by bus, none of them compare to those of Doug Levitt.
Levitt is an American artist who used his bus explorations to expose the woes and insecurities of the overlooked American societies. Born in D.C, Doug Levitt is a son of a council member, Carol Schwartz. He went to D.C. public schools where he sang in choirs and also engaged in sports. During voter’s registration project, Doug developed an interest to know more about the forgotten American societies. He used the Greyhound buses to criss-cross around the country and currently, he has traveled more than 120,000 miles.
While most of us travel absentmindedly, the one-time CNN correspondent used his every moment on the Greyhound to get to know the people he traveled with. He used this opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the people he met. According to him, a bus provides an environment where you can mingle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness. He adds that on a long bus journey people open up and share their wretched moments.It is a fact that our political system and media houses digress when the paucity topic is raised.
However, thanks to people like Levitt, real issues like poverty are getting the attention they deserve. Doug Levitt documented all his encounters in the ‘Greyhound Diaries’ and also in a website where he shares images, videos, and stories about the escapades. His seven years traveling experience provided an insight into every part of the American society and brought into the limelight the paucity and alienation surrounding the forgotten in America. Doug Levitt still travels by bus to meet more people and use his website and songs to talk about the struggling Americans.
As reported by MSNBC, author Doug Levitt has published an incredible novel, “The Greyhound Diaries.” This fantastic work of literature is based on Levitt’s experience traveling more than 70,000 miles in seven years on various Greyhound buses. His journey began in 2004, when Levitt started meeting all kinds of bus passengers in different phases and from different walks of life. He interacted with them as much as possible to learn their unique stories and was excited to share his findings with the world. He wrote songs, took pictures and told the incredible stories of the many people he met along his journey. Often times, the stories are filled with tales of struggle and hardship for average people trying to survive. Some say that the most important contribution of his work is in exposing that there are all sorts of common threads between different people in this country and that many people are suffering from personal tragedies or challenges everyday of their lives. Through Levitt’s innovative work, he exposes the commonality of the human experience and the types of lives that average people in this country are living.
Levitt was born in Washington, D.C. in 1971. As the son of Carol Schwartz, a former candidate for D.C. mayor and former Washington, D.C. City Councilmember, Doug Levitt knew that he wanted to see more of the world from a very young age. He graduated from Cornell University and went on to study at the London School of Economics. Levitt continues to perform selections from his work on “The Greyhound Diaries” and is constantly inspired to produce new material. The true market Levitt has had so far as an artist is in his ability to capture everyday emotion in a different sort of way.