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May 16, 2018

Alex Pall Illustrating Change in Chainsmokers

Alex Pall and Andrew Teggart met in 2012 with the help of their manager Adam Alpert to form a dance music production duo. The two have already become a household name in the music industry with only two years after the release of their single “Selfie” in 2014. The anticipated song “Closer” which will feature Hasley is expected to be different from the past productions as it will have Andrew singing.

Many DJs often do not bother to be involved in the creation of the song; they prefer songwriters and vocalist to deal with the lyrics and singing as they deal with the electronic production of the music. The duo stands out as they are actively involved with the songwriters to produce their content. The message conveyed by the song normally involves issues common to the society such as effects of the social media.

“Closer” deals with the topic of love and more specifically breakups. The song explains how the two met and the reason they broke up. Alex Pall was involved in dance music even before meeting Andrew as it was a hobby to him. Alex used to juggle between work and creating music in New York before he fully settled to producing and his manager introduced him to Andrew. Alex was not sure of venturing into full-time production of music as it was more of pleasure to him than work.

The two clicked almost immediately as they started meeting regularly and started producing songs and performing. They have come to learn a lot over the time they have worked together that have enabled them to receive awards along the way.

Building identity in the electronic genre has never been easy as there is a lot of similarity between different artist. This makes the competition in such an industry stiff and for one to emerge the best one has to alter production to a different version consistently. The duo has however changed their perspective and are now taking a different approach from straight-up music. “Roses” and “Waterbed” are an illustration to the changes they are implementing to stand up ahead of the rest.

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May 02, 2018

AIA CEO Robert Ivy To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects, Robert Ivy, was awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

The Polk Award, given to individuals with ties to the Mississippi area for notable and exceptional careers in the arts, has been awarded to luminaries such as Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Eudora Welty in 2001, late historian Shelby Foote in 2004 and Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman in 2007. Ivy will be the first architect ever to receive the award.

President of the MIAL Nancy LaForge in a statement praised Ivy for “making architecture more accessible to the general public”, while President of AIA Carl Elefante congratulated Ivy, calling him a “worthy ambassador for our profession” and describing the honor as a “crowning personal and professional achievement for him as a native of Mississippi”.

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Robert Ivy is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sewanee: The University of the South, as well as a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. He launched an editorial career in 1996 as Editor in Chief of Architectural Record before becoming Vice President and Executive Director at the construction media arm of McGraw-Hill Education.

Named CEO of the AIA in 2011, Ivy has made it a priority to transform the institute into a technologically forward-thinking organization, while also increasing its public awareness to the benefit of its more than 90,000 members – the highest level of membership in the institute’s 160-year history.

The American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857 by a group of thirteen New York architects, with the intent of forming an organization dedicated to the promotion of architecture in the public sphere. Today, the institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., while also boasting 260 chapters and over 90,000 members across the globe and continuing to undertake public health and government advocacy in pursuance of its founding objective.

Learn more about Robert Ivy: http://www.architectmagazine.com/awards/robert-ivy-receives-noel-polk-lifetime-achievement-award_o