Lawrence Bender: The Infamous Producer

Lawrence Bender is a world-renowned producer. Some of his most famous works include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Kill Bill: Vol 1 and Vol 2. He was nominated for 3 Oscars over the years for Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Inglourious Basterds. Lawrence Bender has won the Awards Circuit Community Awards for Inglourious Basterds and Pulp Fiction. He also won the Film Independent Spirit Award for Pulp Fiction. Along with these nominations and awards are several other nominations for several different awards over the years. There has been a total of 29 Academy Award nominations even though he has only won 6.

Lawrence Bender is most notably known for producing all of Quentin Tarantino’s films except for Death Proof, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight. Along with the previously mentioned movies, Lawrence Bender has been known to produce documentary films, such as An Inconvenient Truth. Not only does Bender produce films, but he is also known to have cameo appearances within many of his films. Producing films and doing his own cameo appearances were only the start since Lawrence Bender is also a blogger for the Huffington Post and has his own production company. The production company is called A Band Apart and is successful in producing commercials and music videos. They have made 75 commercials and music videos with 13 nominations from the MTV Music Video Awards.

Leading up to Bender’s producing years was a college career at The University of Maine where he majored in civil engineering. He also discovered a passion for dance while at school and pursued a career as a dancer for many years after his graduation. Dancing was a great dream of Lawrence Bender’s until an injury kept him from achieving it. He is now a political and environmental activist. Bender is a co-founder of the Detroit project and is targeting SUVs. The other notable endeavors include Yahoo, the Muppets, the EPA, and Wal-Mart.

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Redefining the DJ, Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers Explains in an Interview

In an interview with Interview Magazine, Alex Pall answered a number of questions about the genre and what it’s like to find a shared identity with partner Andrew Taggart.

According to Pall, the pair “just immediately started working” after their introduction. Knowing what one another brought to the table helped the conversation morph from what they liked musically and listened to while growing up into a conversation about shared ambition and what was currently going on within the industry and their genre. Together, Pall and Taggart set about creating their identity based on what was working and what was not.

When it was pointed out that it’s unusual for a DJ to sing on their own tracks, Pall observed that the real answer for “why not” is because none of the others are writing the lyrics to their songs. Even when working with other artists and vocalists the pair are creating songs about themselves and their own identity with a desire to release a cohesive album rather than a collection of singles.

The band uses Instagram and other social media to connect with its fans and keep track of who their audience is. Pall observes, “What’s really cool for us is when we see messages from people like, ‘Hey, my daughter’s six years old and she loves your songs,’ … Or even my mom walked int the room humming ‘Roses,’ which is really cool…”

The live show is also changing in response to the band’s still forming identity. With Taggart singing on their tracks, the show is “going to dramatically change”. “We’re really taking it a step further with the production and the shots act,” Pall explains, “We perform our songs live, which we’re really proud of because it transcends the typical DJ now.”

As Alex Pall puts it, “I think when you get complacent somebody takes your spot. It’s very much that type of hustle right now… So for us, it’s all about being on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and giving people new experiences.”

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