After he worked on the "Closer" video, things began snowballing quickly for Davis. Kramer usually accompanies The Chainsmokers on tour to shoot videos, but because of an increasingly cluttered schedule and Kramer's top-secret-but-promised-to-be-amazing MTV project, The Chainsmokers asked for referrals. Kramer gave them Davis' name, and now he's part of The Chainsmokers' photographer-videographer rotation, a gig that's taken him around the world to shows in places like London and Paris, not to mention a New Year's celebration on a private jet with the group. If you've got a sharp eye, you might be able to pick him out behind the band during a show, shooting video.
He's living the dream, but existing in reality
This time last year, Davis was wrapping up college. Then he was touring with one of the world's most popular bands. In 2017, at the age of 23, Davis is already sizing up next steps. His goal, in a sign of the times, involves corporate partnerships; Davis says his hope is to "take a trip to the Philippines and start incorporating brands into my content. Brands that I believe in and brands that also believe in me and let me do whatever I want with the videos." You see versions of this monetization strategy all over the place on social media, from extreme athletes chugging energy drinks to wellness gurus sipping green juice as part of new-age ad campaigns.
"There's not a lot of money in the music scene," explains Davis. "Anyone who's done a fair amount of projects in the music scene for video just knows that it is hard to come by a proper budget, and typically the amount of work and stuff that you have to deliver is not worth what you're getting paid... you get to travel, you get to go to festivals for free, but it's just like, at the end of the day, are you trying to make money and have cool experiences or just have cool experiences?"
Which is why Davis' reasons for pursuing his career are much bigger than a camera.
"You walk away with a new friend, with a whole new network, and a new way of living life. I've invited them into my world and my network, and they've done the same. To me, that's the biggest reward."
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