Alex Pall shares his story of how he got started with the band The Chainsmokers. In the beginning he was simply doing DJ work as a hobby. It wasn’t until he finally realized, after much thought, that dance music was his love and he wanted to do it full time. That prompted him to quit his job and begin a new Journey. Once he met Drew and they both discovered they had the same ambitions, the rest is history. The two have collaborated and written songs together for years. Pall states their work is always about self-discovery and knowing when to check yourself. He says him and Drew are always questioning things and they continue doing that today.
Pall says they write the songs along with the songwriters. He believes this is important. During a session, they all chime in putting ideas out there to consider. In the new age of Instagram, Pall talks about how its a benefit because now they can pinpoint their fan base. He says thanks to the platform they know who is listening to their music and how it effects them. They are getting a clear idea of their demographics with fans in South Africa to the Philippines. Pall says they enjoy getting messages about how a family’s daughter loves their music and they share the video. He says this is the coolest thing and knows their music is transcending on a huge scale.
Pall and Drew continue to push themselves because their audience is constantly changing. They’ve been around the world nearly three times and its something they are very grateful for. He says its on them to create new and exciting shows. One in particular will have Drew singing. Pall says their shows are just going to get bigger than ever. They now doing a festival and performing live. The Chainsmokers are selling out shows way in advance. Pall is heavily invested in making the shows exciting visually and developing new content. The goal is to give fans a great time when attending their shows. Pall is dedicated to pushing boundaries and providing new experiences people can enjoy.
As a schoolboy, Hussain Sajwani worked long hours after school for his father in the family business in Dubai. The variety store that his father owned sold Chinese imports, office supplies, and consumer goods, and although Hussain got lots of good experience, the long hours were at times a little too much for a young boy.
He told his father that when he grew up he would certainly not be a businessman because of the long hours, but that he would prefer to be a professional with a degree so he would be able to work regular hours.
Hussain earned a degree from the University of Washington majoring in economics and engineering. He then traveled back home to Dubai and worked for a Dubai gas company as an engineer. However, that career only lasted for a short time as he capitalized on a very good opportunity that came his way. He formed a catering firm that sold food to the United States Army during the Gulf Wars that occurred in that region in the early 90s.
In 2002, Sajwani formed DAMAC Properties, a real estate development and management company. He had guessed correctly that when the UAE loosened the restrictions on immigration, allowing foreign nationals to permanently settle in the UAE, that there would be somewhat of a land and real estate boom. DAMAC would become the foundation of wealth for the Hussain Sajwani family.
That is exactly what occurred and people quickly took to the wonderfully built luxury apartments and villas that had rapidly become the trademark of DAMAC. Sajwani was a master promoter and marketer, and the demand was great because of his efforts. In fact, his first project was completely sold out before any construction had even begun.
The DAMAC owner was very conservative in running his business, as he always paid cash for the land, and financed very little of the rest of the project. In this manner, the entire business model was very solid.