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How to See What You’ll get from the Academy of Art University

In 1929, the Stephen’s family had a dream to open a school in the San Francisco, California area. They had succeeded, and made an Academy called the Academy of Arts, and it was named such until Richard S. Stephen’s stepped down, and handed the school over to his son Dr. Richard A. Stephens who added bachelor’s and Undergraduate programs to the Academy, and they became Academy of Art College. With the new programs added, enrollment soared above 5,000 and to this day it’s still one of the few Colleges in the United Stated to be privately owned. Then in 2004 The granddaughter of the founder Richard S. Stephens, Dr. Elisa Stephens took over the college, and under her guidance, they became the Academy of Art University. On top of the school being privately owned by the same family for over 90 years, the entire family are art lovers who are involved in the art community.

The video created by Sam Bear shows a day-in-the-life of a university student who is taking classes at the Academy of Art University. It shows him getting up at 9 a.m., then he tours the city of beautiful San Francisco, California, and progresses as he gets a free ride to the college by flashing his school ID. Then he starts classes at 11 a.m., then takes a break and hang out with his friends for a few hours before taking his afternoon class. Yes, only two classes at the university because they want to focus on the experience of college, and they want students to have all their focus on classes and projects. It then shows him hanging out with his friends again, and then back to the dorm to crash out by 11 p.m. This video is something that every college should do. This is a more accurate description of life on campus that a simple tour of the school.

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Alex Pall Talks “Closer” in Blast from the Past Interview

It may be 2018 for the rest of world but it feels like 2016 for the Chainsmokers. The dynamic duo from New York just garnered a fresh accolade with hit single “Closer” gaining diamond certification. The news comes right on the heels of their one-and-only studio album nabbing third longest-running non-consecutive No.1 for Billboard’s Top 100. The pair of triumphs definitely prove that 2016 was a banner year for Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The two gained notoriety with their breakout single “#Selfie” in 2014, but 2016 is the year they became artist. Pall spoke about it in length during an interview conducted that same year. Oddly enough, this dalliance with interview magazine came as direct result of “Closer”.

The whole event was conducted by Mathias Rosenwieg. It is definately loaded with foreshadowing as he asks the duo about their plans for the future. He starts in the typical way with some background. Pall responds by telling his story. Apparently, become a DJ was something he fell into. He had fun doing it, and started to take it more seriously when he realized it was all he was doing. His introduction to Taggart linked with a link-minded artists and the two have been on the same page ever since. Both Pall and Taggart stated that they work hard to remain relevant and present something new. Naturally, the conversation drifted to their unorthodox style.

It may be old hat now, but in 2016 the Chainsmokers were still considered EDM. Songs like “Closer” made the transition to an EDM-infused pop, but at the time the duo was breaking new ground. They were involved in songwriting, and Taggart was taking over lead vocals. As EDM DJs do not typically do this many were wondering where the Chainsmokers were going. Pall answered this clearly, “We have reached the point where we want to establish who we are and create a unified body of work to illustrates that”. Basically, they want to be recognized as artists not remixers. In a genre rife with a dozen covers of the same source music, Pall and Taggart wanted to stand out as legitimate artists.

Memories … Do Not Open by The Chainsmokers Enjoying the Third Longest Streak on Top of Billboard Charts

They may have turned to new projects, but The Chainsmokers debut album is performing tremendously well at the top of the Billboard Charts/ Electric Dance category that measures the top records in the electric dance scene.

Memories… Do Not Open, which was released last year is now at per with the popular album Demon Days by the Gorillaz. Demon Days was released virtually 14 years ago and still ranks among the top albums, having clung to the top spot in the charts for 13 weeks, the third most ever to be achieved in the chart’s history. Albeit both albums managed to achieve 34 turns, Memories… Do Not Open will soon be singularly at No.3 because Demon Days will hardly have many spins in the future.

April 2017 was a great year for the duo, because Memories… Do Not Open took the No. 1 position not only in the Top-rated Dance and Electric Music hits but also in the collective Billboard Top 200. At that time, The Chainsmokers were releasing a string of electric smashes, one after the other. The title of the album didn’t stay too long in the Billboards 200 top 10 but has surely never missed a spot among the top 5 in the Top Dance & Electric album since then.

A few years ago, The Chainsmokers have been on and off the spotlight and have often been sidelined to pave way for new records hitting the airwaves for the first time. They include William Control, Kygo, Above and Beyond, Funk Wave Bounces by Calvin Harris.

In August 2018, The Chainsmokers became the 2nd highest paid DJs on the planet, earning a total of $45.5 million. The duo, Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, are winding stages of a bountiful 3-year deal with the famous Wynn Nightlife. During their partnership, the DJ and producers collected over 100 checks scoring virtually mid-six figures. Memories… Do Not Open hit platinum in 2018, dominating the Dance and Electric showbiz scene since then. According to Alex Pall, the future seems bright and he has a sense of curiosity to see what ensues.