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The Chainsmokers remember Avicii at the 2018 Billboard Awards

Electro Pop duo The Chainsmokers recently commemorated the late Swedish DJ, Avicii— who passed away in April 2018 due to an act of suicide related to depression. As the duo presented the top 100 Song award to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito” they proceeded to remember Avicii; mentioning how he was one of their inspirations and a Dj who was also beloved by the EDM community.

Later in the event, The Chainsmokers went back on stage to receive the award of Top Dance/Electronic Artist and Andrew Taggart, member of the band proceeded to dedicate the award to Avicii. Taggart mentioned how Avicii was a big influence on him and one of the reasons he believed he could succeed in this career.

Singer and songwriter Hasley also had some thoughts. She commented on how she was fortunate to have worked with Avicii and shared that he was a great person to be around. She went on to encourage people to be loving and supportive of friends and family who may be suffering from mental issues.

About The Chainsmokers

The electropop duo began in 2012 in New York City with members Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Pall was originally part of a different duo including DJ Rhett Bixler. Andrew Taggart soon learned that Bixler had left the group and decided to relocate from Maine to New York to fill the missing spot; they became The Chainsmokers.

In its early days, the duo began by doing remixes of bands such as The Killers, Chromeo, and Phoenix. One of their first notable hits was the song “Erase”, released in 2012 and which included vocals by actress and singer Priyanka Chopra.

The group broke into mainstream success when they released a free download of their new single #Selfie in 2013. Soon after, they scored a deal with Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records and the single was re-released. The band soon hit a peak on the dance music charts while receiving international recognition.

The Chainsmokers have since blown up and received several other awards. Amongst those include a Grammy for best dance recording, two AMA awards, and five iHeartRadio awards.

https://www.thechainsmokers.com/shows

Lawrence Bender Unleashes the Quirky and Conflicted Characters of Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs stands as one of the more intriguing crime films ever made. The interesting narrative structure, a structure that established director Quentin Tarantino‘s preference for nonlinear storytelling, isn’t the only thing that draws audiences in. The compelling characters factor into the perennial growing cult following of the film.

The characters are brutal robbers, thugs, and murderers. Several characters completely lack sympathy. Producer Lawrence Bender probably worried about how audiences would react to such dark characters. The presence of a few humorous criminals did lighten up the proceedings. Although a relatively new producer at the time, Lawrence Bender probably understood the niche audience interested in this low-budget feature would be forgiving of certain unredeemable characters.

One of the more compelling and complex characters is Mr. Orange played by Tim Roth. What makes Mr. Orange captivating is his dual role. Mr. Orange isn’t a normal robber. He’s an undercover cop looking to score a big arrest. While he maintains his loyalty to the police force, he seems to be somewhat drawn into the world of crime. In a way, he sees the grizzled and experienced crook Mr. White as a friend and mentor. This creates an interesting dynamic between the two characters.

Mr. White doesn’t realize that Mr. Orange is a cop. This leads to Mr. White maintaining a loyalty to the officer until the brutal climax of the film. Long before the film ends, Mr. Orange’s accidental shooting of an innocent bystander takes him to the precipice of becoming a full-blown criminal.

Mr. Orange frequently comes off as a conflicted character. The audience doesn’t know how he will get himself out of the situation. Nor does the audience know if Mr. Orange will remain true to the letter of the law. All this keeps the viewer’s attention as the strange events of Reservoir Dogs play out.

Both Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino can point to the box office receipts as proof audiences embraced the quirky characters. The $1.5 million feature earned $2.8 million in the United States and about $6 million in the United Kingdom during its initial release.

Lawrence Bender and Quentin Tarantino would go on and experience even greater success with Pulp Fiction.

https://grist.org/article/bender/