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Reservoir Dogs Showcases Lawrence Bender’s Early Production Talents

Reservoir Dogs marked the beginning of a strong movie production relationship between Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender and up and coming indie gangster film director Quentin Tarantino.

As the film’s intro credits flash against a black screen, character voices of the scene in the background engage in a debate about pop singer Madonna’s hit Like a Virgin. The characters, dressed in black suits and ties are introduced as they contribute their own comments to the discussion.

It becomes clear that they’re in a diner, smoking, eating and there definitely has to be more to the meeting than this discussion about songs and movies.

After an altercation following Steve Buscemi’s refusal to leave a tip, the group exits the restaurant, walking in slow motion while Ronald Jonker’s Little Green Bag continues the credits rolling.

The story restarts with the scene of a pale, seriously wounded and expiring Tim Roth in the back seat of a car driven by Harvey Keitel, who is trying to encourage Roth to continue fighting for his life.

As the story continues to unfold, several of the members from the opening restaurant scene converge on an abandoned warehouse where they await the return of “Joe.”

It becomes clear through their dialogues and flashbacks to an earlier robbery gone awry that they are all dangerous criminals awaiting the next instructions following their somewhat Pyrrhically successful jewelry store heist.

The bulk of the story is told from within the warehouse as new members drift in, all with new allusions and revelations to and about events that keep the audience guessing about when they will learn more details.

It becomes clear to the characters and the audience that someone snitched and the dramatic tension is heightened as viewers and the film’s cast try to figure out who that was.

This indie masterpiece makes excellent use of dramatic tension, well timed exposition and showing rather than telling to draw the audience into the world of these has-been felons, doing one last robbery.

At the box office, the 1992 film drew in $2.8 million, which isn’t bad given that the director was largely unknown and that producer Lawrence Bender was also at the beginning of his career. It also bears mentioning that the film’s entire budget was only $1.2 million and it did cast some rather well known actors.

About Lawrence Bender

Born in 1957 in Bronx, New York, Lawrence Bender graduated from The University of Maine in 1979 earning his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering.

Active in a variety of social causes, Bender sits on the Advisory Boards of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

Lawrence Bender’s other productions include Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Killing Zoe and From Dusk til Dawn.

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Alex Pall On Growing Chainsmokers Sound

Growing Together as Artists

Best known for being a member of the DJ Duo The Chainsmokers. Andrew Taggart is the singer, and Alex Pall plays keyboards on lots of the Chainsmokers videos; both produce their sound. Pall recalls how he and Taggart when they initially met understood what each could bring to the group and after working a couple of days in production were happy with the results. Both he and Taggart were aware of what the vibe was in the DJ world and who was making it, so when they put their heads together, they came up with an exciting sound. Pall and Taggart worked ten hour days together daily and were putting their identity together one song at a time. Having the same core values as Brew was critical, but they both pushed one another to become better musicians. Alex Pall sees one of the keys to their being able to succeed was their ability to talk to one another openly about how each feels about a project. Of course, being able to try new things is very important, and that is always the case with him and Taggart. Pall and Taggart enjoy being able to have people related to their music on a deeper level.

EDM-Pop

The Chainsmokers fit in a genre called EDM-Pop, which is dance music with a story to tell. Numerous artists meet in this space and compete for fans on the Billboard charts. Among the likes are Zedd, Selena Gomez, The Chainsmokers, Hailee Seinfeld, Marshmello, Sean Paul, Cheat Code and many more. Alex Pall attended New York University where he studied art history and commercial music. Pall and DJ Rhett Bixler initially formed Chainsmokers, but after Bixler left Pall put out the word he was looking for someone to fill the space. Drew Taggart worked at Interscope Records as an intern, while attending Syracuse University. A mutual friend of Taggart and Pall put them in touch with one another. The newly formed group put out a couple of mixes with Indie artist Priyanka Chopra in 2012 “Erase” and 2013 “The Rookie.

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The Chainsmokers and How Their New Single “Sick Boy” Is Testament To Their Creative Freedom

The music industry today is replete with new acts, new sets, and beats that it’s both quite hard to catch up with all the hype, let alone stand out if you’re a musician. With that challenge on hand, the DJ Duo/Music Production team The Chainsmokers is still not deferring to failure and to being put backstage. With their new single trying its best to be darker and to stand out, the team is still all about keeping it all fresh despite the fact that they seem to be around for a long time already.

The Darker Shade of Music

The mainstream acts of The Chainsmokers will be put aside for a while, as they’re trying to experiment on a darker shade of music in the single they’re releasing in their new album. This is such a refreshing move, knowing that since their first wonderful release in 2015 with their hit single, Roses, they have only been doing mainstream songs. Right now, they’re trying to do a single that’s a little bit darker in tone from their usual songs, resonating a vibe reminiscent of Bisaya Short Films or the chiaroscuro feels of Lav Diaz’ work. Maybe it’s safe to say that The Chainsmokers have been taking a lot of inspiration from artists like, say, Moira Lang, but it could just be that Taggart and Pall, the members of the duo, are trying to grow their music to a certain depth uncharted before.

The new “dark shade” of music they’re releasing is called Sick Boy, and according to an interview in Forbes, it’s a track that’s created to fit the kind of freedom that the label of The Chainsmokers has bestowed upon them.

About The Chainsmokers

Another thing you should know about Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart as they develop The Chainsmokers’ brand is that their music is categorically filed as EDM-pop. Their debut EP album Bouquet was only released in October 2015, and was the album that was headlined by “Roses.” Some of the outstanding achievements of the duo were when they won two American Music Awards and a series of awards from the iHeartRadio award-giving body.

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