Today we have an unearthed interview from Milwaukee native DA Wallach from the world renowned pop music duo Chester French! As many of you know, DA Wallach has accomplished alot in his time in the music industry and entertainment industry in general. Him and his partner in Chester French – Max Drumney have accomplished what 99 percent of upcoming artists want to accomplish. They created an album while attending Harvard that sparked a bidding war in the industry that included mega stars Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.
Ultimately they chose Pharrell’s label “Star Trak” through Interscope Records. They also created an album entitled “Love The Future” which to this today has achieved extreme critical acclaim. This was pretty much done without any support of his hometowns publications/industry. Regardless, he is now working with Spotify and was recently named one of top 30 under 30 by Forbes Magazine. He is truly an example of following your own path and doing what you desire. Do What You Desire…
What’s the first thing you would say to someone when they ask you to describe yourself as an artist?
I would say that I like creating things, and that that impulse is the root of most of my art-making. I make some things that I feel are important or communicate meaning, as well as others that are entirely interesting to me for their own sake.
How did you get started in music?
I started playing drums in Middle School.
What do you feel about the music industry today?
It is at a fascinating moment in its evolution. Ultimately, the changes taking place in the music industry should be helpful to people who create things and want to share them with other people.
What are your thoughts on social media and how it has changed the music industry?
It has distributed power to individual artists. By allowing artists to control their own channels of communication with their fans, “social media” has helped whittle away at the concentrations of power that used to predominate in the industry.
Being a WI native, how does the national scene compare?
I’m not really sure. I was never truly in a scene in Wisconsin.
What makes you different from other artists?
I think everyone is different from everyone else, and that one’s art is an outgrowth of one’s experience and perspective. I suppose a significant force in my worldview is an openness to different ideas. I’ve never defined myself in terms of any specific, limited tradition.
What inspires you to make music?
Mainly other music that I love.
Who has been the most memorable person you have met in your travels?
That’s such a hard question to answer. I’ve been fortunate to meet tons of really interesting people. Puff Daddy is pretty interesting to me, though.
What has been your most memorable moment in music?
The moment when I first heard that Kanye West was interested in signing us.
Any last words?
Peace and love!!!!!