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Alex Pall Talks Evolution in the Wake of the Chainsmokers New Hit

When the Chainsmokers released 2016 single “Closer” Andrew Taggart picked up the mike to sing lead vocals. This was the first time the group, formed back in 2012, attempted to become part of the humanity within their music. EDM DJ’s rely heavily on other artists to provide the human element in their work. This element comes from the songwriting, and the vocalization. EDM DJ’s rarely provide that vocalization, but in “Closer” Taggart crossed that barrier. It is no secret the duo pushes themselves to achieve new limits in their medium. Both have attested numerous times that they no longer want to just make dance music. Taggart’s vocal turn demonstrate their willingness to challenge the norms and seek a different definition for their work. In an interview Alex Pall, the other have of the successful duo, talked about their quest for identity, and how they seek to remain relevant. “We don’t want to produce albums containing a random mix of songs,” Pall stated, “Containing a couple of singles, a few good songs, some dance tracks, and possibly an interlude. We want to create an album of connected songs that form a body of work”.

 

The Chainsmokers became known in 2014, with their first hit single “#Selfie”. Their popularity grew almost overnight and they skyrocketed to the mainstream. The success came so fast that four years later they still have not caught up. Earlier this year they released new single “Sick Boy” which is currently gaining popularity. The song carries a darker tone than their previous work, carrying with it a real world message. The main aim of the song is at the pressure of social media, the dependence upon it, and how it steals away people’s identity. The song also references Pall and Taggart’s own frustration with oversaturation on social media, leading to a lack of privacy. The song is the first of a group, and represents the duo’s newest evolution.

 

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VR on YouTube

In companion with Google Daydream, YouTube VR is set to release sometime later this year. The plan, according to an article from The Verge, is to introduce a co-watching experience. In other words, users will be able to enter rooms together and watch videos at the same time. They will be able to communicate with each other with voice chat while they watch. Have no fear, however, because the user will not be forced to watch videos with other people. Instead, they will have the option to merge rooms with other people who are watching the same videos. On top of this users will be able to see if other people are watching videos in a room before they even click on it.

If you’re wondering what the rooms will look like you aren’t alone. Inside the room is described to be what sounds like a cross between Netflix VR and Altspace VR. If you haven’t seen either of these, Netflix VR is essentially a room with a relatively large viewing screen and a living room as you’re surroundings. Alternatively, Altspace VR is a place you can communicate with other people who appear in the form of customizable avatars. This is what YouTube VR is planning to accomplish when they try to redefine the market for watching videos online.

Considering everything that YouTube is used for, this program will most certainly be used for leisure, but the possible applications extend much farther. If you are trying to learn something through YouTube VR you would have the ability to talk about it with other people watching who may be able to help if you’re confused. We will see if YouTube VR can accomplish everything they say they will later this year!