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D.A. Wallach

African Studies

Class of 2008

D.A. Wallach is best known as one-half of Chester French, a critically-acclaimed duo discovered by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. An ‘07 graduate of Harvard College, D.A. has been featured in GQ, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and numerous other publications. He has toured with Lady Gaga, Blink 182, and Weezer, and has appeared on many TV Shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

In addition to Chester French, D.A. is one-half of D.A. & The Supa Dups, and as a solo vocalist, he has written and performed on recordings with Diddy, Common, Rick Ross, Janelle Monae, Asher Roth, Akon, and others. When not himself recording, D.A. collaborates as a songwriter with a diverse array of producers and artists.

Beyond music, he is a recognized social media pioneer, having been the first artist ever to use facebook and among the most followed artists on twitter (@dachesterfrench). D.A. advises or invests in several start-up technology companies, and is the official Artist In Residence at Spotify. In 2012, Forbes selected D.A. as one of its 30 Under 30 in Music.