From a very early age, Alex Pall has been actively dabbling in the art of being a DJ. What started as a hobby turned quickly into a calling and successful career. In love with dance music and the electronic scene, Andrew Taggart, the (now) other half of the Chainsmokers, was a perfect partner for Pall. Taggart describes his relationship with Pall as “love at first sight” and a fast moving friendship/partnership. The two were able to form a quick bond over their shared ambitions and musical interests. Pall describes his work as a “journey of self-discovery and checking yourself.”
Both men spend a lot of time discussing whether or not a concept for a new project “feels right” to them as their gut instincts have proven to be incredibly valuable to their career. What really sets this partnership apart from other DJ’s and electronica groups is that they regularly sing on their own songs and their lyrics reflect a lot of their personal lives. Pall has a keen understanding of what a typical DJ will create; a few dance records and some hit singles but nothing truly outstanding and memorable. Despite fans begging the group to release a new album, the duo wants to ensure their next project is mindful of its message and connections from one song to the next.
Collaborating with other artists is a big part of being a DJ and the Chainsmokers are no different. When asked what it was like working with the artist, Halsey on their hit song “Closer,” Pall cannot praise her talent enough. According to Pall, Halsey took a song written on a tour bus between he and Taggart and used her “strong voice” to take it to the next level. It appears this move worked out in pairs favor as it became a top selling single almost overnight. Despite their current success the group understands that in order to continue growing their fan base they must grow as artists and push themselves to continue to break boundaries of the genre.
It can be difficult at times to be in the spotlight, as there are always people expecting something from those who are. This is especially the case for celebrities. When there are millions of fans that have fallen in love with a particular artist or creator, it can be limited to that person’s own life or creativity. The Chainsmokers learned this over the past couple of years since they blew up and hit the mainstream with their music production. Since 2015, the Chainsmokers have managed to become some of the most popular DJ’s on the planet, making tens of millions each year during their tours.
Just like everyone who stood in the spotlight before them, The Chainsmokers have learned what it actually means and the double-edged sword that it can be. Recently spoken with, the Chainsmokers discussed their latest turn in musical style and the decisions behind it. As many fans are aware, the Chainsmokers have recently switched to a totally different genre compared to their hits in the past, such as “Paris”, and “Closer”. Their latest single that released in January of this year is much darker and deeper than anything they’ve done so far. Much of the song is related to actual problems facing people and society around the world today. According to the duo, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, they were inspired to try something new to respond to their critics, but also to expand on their skills and grow as musicians.
While their new sound is not smashing the billboards like their previous upbeat EDM mixes were, it has still be taken well by audiences and fans have been happy to hear new music from the duo since they took a hiatus for almost a year. The Chainsmokers have assured their fans that they won’t be taking another break, but are hard at work creating new sounds and deeper messages to convey through their music.