From being a key member of the studio team for Jay-Z and Beyonce to exploring the possibilities offered by the fledgling Roc Nation Sports Agency, OG Juan Perez has become an integral member of the Hova Circle of Influence. Jay-Z has a long reputation for keeping his allies as close to him as possible and allowing them free reign to work for the interests of each other within the Roc Nation family.
One of the those who has benefitted most from his close working and personal relationship with Jay-Z is OG Juan Perez, a music studio expert who has flourished in many different areas of business. Jay-Z and Beyonce have become so close to OG Juan Perez and his Roc Nation executive Desiree that the couple was namechecked on the latest release from The Carters. The release of the album, “Everything Is Love” includes a number of songs with the members of the Hova Circle of Influence namechecked by Jay-Z and Beyonce, including both Desiree and OG Juan Perez.
Jay-Z and Beyonce have never sought to bring the cameras of reality TV into their home and reserve some of their more unhappy moments for the former member of their inner circle, Kanye West. Unlike OG Juan Perez, West seems to have been jettisoned from the Hova Circle of Influence because of his relationship with Kim Kardashian and her family who are criticized in the lyrics of the album for using images of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. for their clothing line.
OG Juan Perez is part of a unique group who are given the opportunity to share in the success and wealth of Jay-Z and Beyonce. In the lyrics of their latest album, Beyonce states success is now measured on the effects their wealth has on those closest to them, including OG Juan Perez.
Alex Pall is one half of the Grammy-winning electronic band The Chainsmokers. Two years ago, he purchased a home in the Hollywood Hills. Since then, he has been decorating the space with the assistance of Peti Lau, an interior designer from New York.
In June, The Wall Street Journal profiled some of the design choices he has made. The house is a bungalow from the 1930s with an open layout and slate floors. Ms. Lau followed the lead of the house’s historic architecture and Mr. Pall’s own preferences.
Ms. Lau changed the industrial feel of the master bedroom to a space that felt more like an escape. She decorated the room in muted gray and white colors and emphasized the room’s piano. The dining room has an ’80s vibe with bright red and orange colors, a neon rainbow light box, and graffiti-like wallpaper. In the bathroom, Ms. Lau made only a few cosmetic changes. She took out the plastic tiles on the ceiling and painted it a rich black.
If the design of Mr. Pall’s house feels eclectic, it’s befitting a DJ whose background is in mixing electronic beats. Together with his band mate Andrew Taggart, The Chainsmokers occupy a new space in the electronic and dance music world, one that’s more personal and less hidden behind loud, catchy sounds. The pair have collaborated with artists like Halsey and Coldplay to articulate some of their catchiest songs. “Closer” is a duet between Mr. Taggart and Halsey about a relationship between two millennials that flourishes after years apart. “Something Just Like This,” performed with Coldplay, describes a man who feels like a superhero when he’s in love.
In a 2016 interview with Interview Magazine, Mr. Pall and Mr. Taggart describe how they came to achieve this unique sound. Mr. Pall began DJing on the side until he decided to make it his full-time job. Mr. Taggart had taken an interest in electronic music while in college. They met when Mr. Pall’s band mate in The Chainsmokers left and Mr. Taggart stepped in.
The two are ambitious and have spent several years dedicating themselves to carving out a space in the music scene. Their most recent album, Sick Boy…Side Effects, was released in 2018.