In 2016, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers were featured in Interview Magazine where they discussed their lives and the success that they have achieved over the years. While The Chainsmokers originally consisted of Alex Pall and another DJ partner, the duo as we know of came about after the other member decided to leave the group. At this point, Taggart was brought on and The Chainsmokers were able to reach a level of success that they had only dreamed of.
The music they produce is transcendent to their fans that have a personal connection with the lyrics and sounds that Alex Pall and Taggart create. While other musicians in their popular genre seem to focus on artificial and generic lyrics set to heavy beats, they go several steps beyond to create a personal experience that their fans can relate and connect to. They put a bit of themselves in their music and even include their own vocal abilities in many of their tracks.
Before Alex Pall co-founded The Chainsmokers, he had been active DJ in New York City and the surrounding areas. While he truly enjoyed DJing, he was still approaching it as more of a hobby than an actual career. His fan base began to grow and he became busy with several gigs while working at an art gallery. Eventually, he realized that music is what he truly wanted to focus his career and life on so he had an important discussion with his manager. It was at this time that he was introduced to Taggart and the 2 immediately bonded over their musical tastes.
The music of The Chainsmokers has attracted fans around the world of different ages and walks of life. Alex Pall enjoys being able to stay connected to them all by being active on his popular social media accounts. One of their biggest hits was “Closer” featuring Halsey that has hit the top of the charts in countries around the world and has consistently stayed there in the United States for weeks on end. With their new album scheduled to drop soon, who knows how high their career will go.
The Chainsmokers are known for pushing the boundaries of music, particularly when it comes to EDM and pop music. Consistently putting out new and inventive tracks, The Chainsmokers are at it again with their latest single “Somebody”. This particular track is a bit different than others they have produced. In their track, “Somebody”, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart employed the use of modular synthesizing. They also took different vocal samples and played with the pitch levels in each to create a track with a lot of depth and interest. Recently, The Chainsmokers posted a video on their Facebook page where they explain some of the methodology that went into the song and the process of putting the track together. There are parts of the song “Somebody” that were originally intended to be put into another song which explain why there is a change in pitch in their song. Parts of this song utilize piano and it departs all the way to using synthesizers.
Topping the charts for the past 6 years, The Chainsmokers know how to produce music that stays relevant and interesting. In fact, they were recently added to the Billboard’s Dance 100 as the number 1 artist, a huge accomplishment and testament to their skills. This is especially impressive given that they are the first Dance/DJ duo to be named on Billboard’s Dance 100. Since they got started back in 2012, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have been working to change what it means for DJs to be producing and playing their own music. When it comes to their shows, they are also pushing the boundaries of what their fans will experience. Typically with DJs, there is a very limited “performance” aspect, but since Andrew Taggart sings for The Chainsmokers, they are able to come up with really interesting and inventive performances to the delight of their fans. The Chainsmokers have been working hard to pave the ground when it comes to the press and they are always looking for new ways to stand out and please their fan base. We can look forward to more ground-breaking music from The Chainsmokers in the future.