During his growing up years, Alex Pall was a DJ in New York City. At this time he realized that what is liked best was dance music. When he was introduced to Andrew Taggart the two just kind of meshed and that was when his career really began. Since Taggart was already one half of a DJ duo known as the Chainsmokers it was easy for Alex Pall to step into the other half. They got together every day and worked on their music and on creating their identity as artists.
It was sheer joy when they both discovered that people were able to relate to their music on a deeper level. It took a bit but then Alex Pall realized that it takes so much more than just doing straight dance music so they began creating songs that would blur the lines between pop music, indie, dance music, and hip-hop. Among their creations are songs like “Roses” and “Waterbed”. The duo works closely with songwriters so that the songs are really about them and they sing about things that are happening in their lives. With an audience that is always changing, they are rearranging and doing what they love and appreciated the acknowledgment they get from their fans.
Alex Pall has purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills. The house was originally built in the 1930s and was renovated in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He asked Peti Lsu to help him decorate. Every room in the house is unique showing his own kind of personal style. Some examples of what you could see inside are the bedroom has a stone floor covered by a thick carpet and the living room is kind of futuristic with a handmade table and many couch pillows for comfort. The house features floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the beauty of the canyons and mountains. There are lush gardens, multiple patios, and custom water features.
Living in Texas artist Ann Scango is the founder and operator of the Scango Collection. An art gallery the Scango Collection exclusively features works by female artists. An artist herself Ann Scango whose name is well known in Texas creates 2 and 3D artworks. Her mediums are both human-made and occur in nature. To create a piece she might combine polyurethane foam with sticks and dirt or whatever else she finds around her home city of Austin. Scango sees her gallery as an expression of her passions art, the empowerment of women, conscious pieces of art, and the environment.
Not surprisingly, Ann Scango is concerned about the lack of emphasis schools place on art education. She recently wrote about a 2002 Ted Talk given by Mae Jemison on that very topic. It was Jemison’s assertion that schools don’t appreciate the relationship between art and science. As a doctor, astronaut, and dancer Jemison embodies that relationship. Diminished government funding also contributes to the decline in art education. Mae Jemison called for schools to strike a balance between test preparation and teaching critical thinking. As Ann Scango see it in the 16 years since Jemison delivered that talk the problem has continued unabated.
Schools that include the arts as part of their curriculum are either magnet or private schools. Scango understands why underpaid teachers are forced to accept an approach to education that she calls “restrictive”. For teachers job security is tenuous. A lack of access to current textbooks and learning materials pose another problem. Ann Scango’s article reaches the conclusion that the current educational methods will produce citizens without critical thinking skills thus negatively impacting future innovation. Ann Scango warns that if schools do not alter the way they approach education the US will suffer for it in the long run.