Lawrence Bender is a multi-time winner of Academy Awards, but he isn’t an actor. He is a film producer. Bender has worked on films like Good Will Hunting, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and he worked on Pulp Fiction, starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.
Lawrence Bender also frequently takes on the role of host, welcoming people into his home for the purpose of charitable fundraising parties. In addition to his awards and accolades in the film industry, Bender has been honored many times for his altruistic deeds. Once, in honor of his actions towards humanitarian causes, Bender was welcomed back to his college to receive an honorary degree.
As with most movie producers, Lawrence Bender’s role in Hollywood has mostly went unnoticed. However, without Bender’s presence in the film industry, movie fans would likely never have seen a Tarantino film. When Tarantino was shopping around Reservoir Dogs, movie studios were questioning the script and the violence, but Lawrence Bender jump on board as producer.
Reservoir Dogs was Tarantino and Bender’s first production together and the start of a long business partnership. The two film icons created A Band A Part Productions and created nearly a dozen films together. The last film to ever be credited to A Band A Part, despite the production companies disbandment years earlier, was Inglourious Basterds. This film was the last co-production of Bender and Tarantino.
Lawrence Bender has since went his own path, working in television on Earthsea and contributing to Netflix’s growing library with Seven Seconds. Bender has also produced documentaries with Al Gore, and watched as the former Vice President of the United States was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in raising climate change awareness.
At the recent Billboard Music Awards, The Chainsmokers took a moment to pay homage to producer and DJ Avicii. The EDM world suffered a loss on April 20th, that’s when Avicii passed away. It was reported that the DJ committed suicide. He was 28 years old.
Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the two-man production team known as The Chainsmokers told the Las Vegas crowd that Avicii inspired many artists in many ways. This was prior to presenting the Top Hot 100 song of 2018. Pall and Taggart also dedicated their Top Dance/Electronic Act award to the famed swedish DJ.
In 2014, the New York City Based production duo the chainsmokers hit the scene with their top 20 single “#Selfie“. The group found themselves in the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 with “Roses“, a single from their debut album “Bouquet” in 2015. As of today, Chainsmokers have won a Grammy Award, 4 American Music Awards’s and 5 iHeartMusic Radio Awards. Also, Taggart and Pall scored a number one single with they’re hit record “Closer“.
Formed in 2012, the DJ and production duo perform EDM music. When speaking of influences, Chainsmokers refer to artist like Pharrell Williams. The group says they have pulled inspiration for songs from artist like Blink 182 and Taylor Swift. When asked about the duo’s sound, Andrew Taggart mentioned hip hop, dance music, Indie and pop music. He stated that they blur the lines between those genres.
Singer and songwriter Halsey was also at the Billboard event. While presenting with the Chainsmokers, she had this to say about Avicii, “Everyone who worked with him would say that he was such a joy and that makes this tragedy all the more painful. It’s a reminder to all of us to be there and support and love our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental illness.”
Given the statements made by The Chainsmokers and Halsey at the Billboard ceremony, one can imagine that Avicii will be missed by the EDM community
The majority of people understand the need for pop groups and bands to have a clearly defined image their fans can identify with but DJs have largely been able to hide behind the decks and avoid any need for a stylish look. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the creative partners making up The Chainsmokers brand have slowly been developing an image of their own and changing the playing field for their DJ counterparts in the 21st-century.
In the past, a DJ would play little part in almost every aspect of the music they produced aside from arranging the final mix of a song they had attached their name to. Alex Pall has insisted he has little time to stand behind a DJ booth and remain hidden from fans of the band who are now seeing the duo make their first efforts at providing vocals for their own songs; both Taggart and Pall have become determined The Chainsmokers should evolve into a live band as well as successful DJs touring the world.
An impressive image is always important to Alex Pall and he is happy to reveal he has become the major partner in developing a social media presence and forming the image of the band in a positive way. Pall refers to Andrew Taggart as a musical genius who he works alongside each day to create the music which has propelled The Chainsmokers to global success; the image of the band is something Alex Pall himself has worked hard to create and he spends a large amount of time each day exploring the response to the band on social media platforms such as Instagram to make sure the fans are getting exactly what they want. In creating a positive social media presence for the band, Alex Pall has been the driving force behind the continued success The Chainsmokers hope to enjoy in 2018 and beyond.