The Chainsmokers, from Production Duo to Superstars

The Chainsmokers have always been a changing group. Now The Chainsmokers are made up of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, but Taggart wasn’t always a part of the group. Alex Pall was introduced to Andrew Taggart by his manager and instantly recognized the greatness the two could share.

Alex Pall, 32, is a New York native. He grew up with parents who were art dealers. DJing had always been a hobby for Alex Pall, he grew up doing DJing. He was DJing in NYC when his manager mentioned a producer from Maine who he may be interested in working with.

Andrew Taggart, 28, was raised in Freeport, Maine. He became fascinated by EDM dance music at the age of 15 while visiting Argentina. His first exposure to EDM was David Guetta, Daft Punk, and Trentemoller. When Andrew Taggart noticed that tons of college students were getting booked as DJs in New York City, he knew what he had to do. He went down to New York and Met Alex Pall.

“We both initially knew what we brought to the table,” said Alex Pall. The music duo often worked from 9 in the morning until 7 in the evening when they first began. They also had lengthy discussions about their motives, ambition, music tastes, and their own sound. Their drive is what made it possible for them to become as big as they are today.

Now they have worked with some of the biggest up-and-coming names in pop music. Recently they worked with singer Halsey on “Closer,” which Andrew Taggart also provided vocals for.

“She’s incredible,” Alex Pall said. “Halsey was number one [on our list of artists we wanted to work with.]”

What is more unique about the song “Closer” is that it marked the first time either of The Chainsmokers had sang their own vocals. The Chainsmokers have always been the writers of the vocals, but normally a guest singer is featured on their tracks.

Andrew Taggart’s involvement in singing will surely change The Chainsmokers moving forward.

Norka Luque- Singing for hope and insipration to change the world

The song Milagro shot to become one of the top charts across Latin America in 2012. The hit saw Norka Luque, the singer, become known across the world. The song itself is a remix of a call for hope and a positive outlook to life. The strong message saw the song rise to Billboard Latin Charts in the U.S and made a name for the Venezuelan singer. Norka Luque’s songs have a unique touch as they speak out of her own life. She has had to face adversity at several instances in her life. Her long road in music has had several moments where she felt like giving up on her dreams.


Norka Luque started singing at a very tender age. Her parents played a lead role in supporting her when young through vocal and music training. They also ensured that she pursued her education. Norka is today an educated singer who graduated a few years ago with Bachelor degree in marketing, fashion and culinary arts. Her success in music came about when she met Emilio Estefan Jr. Emilio is a musical producer that has managed work with several famous artists.


After Emilio and Luque met, the two embarked on a journey to producing top Latino hits. The producer got interested in Luque’s music and managed to assist her with recording. This saw a successful start with her music career. Norka today lives her dream of being a top musician and learning a lot from what Emilio has to offer. She has always wanted to make the world a better place through spreading a message of hope, her voice in music has made this possible.


While Norka’s story is a simple one, she has had challenges in both her music and educational career. She recently had a health take on a negative turn due to epilepsy. This is a condition where one has problems with the brain coordinating various nerve cell activities. She fortunately had a successful brain surgery and had to endure a rather difficult healing process. Despite most of these struggles, she has made a major come back in music. Her message of hope is mainly attributed to such and other challenges she has experienced in her life. She has stayed and maintained a positive look amidst all these challenges. She today sings like never before and continues to spread the message of hope and inspiration with her songs.


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