With the release of their brand new single “Closer” Alex Pall has stepped up to answer some questions, and tell more about The Chainsmokers. “Closer” is a bit different from their regular tracks because of one thing. It features Andrew Taggart, the other half of The Chainsmokers, singing.
Alex Pall reveals that growing up he was a DJ. At first it was just a hobby and side career than anything he thought he would make a living from. Eventually he realized that dance music was taking over every part of his life. If he didn’t give it a real shot, he was going to regret it. The manager that The Chainsmokers now work with, introduced him to Andrew Taggart, and they immediately hit it off. Taggart was just finishing college when he was given the opportunity to meet Alex. Within 4 years they were in the big scene.
They both hit it off immediately. They knew they would work because they both had the same drive and ambition. They would get together every day from 9AM to 7PM and work on their music as well as creating an identity around themselves for marketing. More than anything, they always are pushing themselves harder, and farther, to become better artists. Pall calls it a journey of self discovery.
The biggest thing they can attribute to their success is the moment they realized that they didn’t want to make just plain old dance music. They wanted something that could actually blur the lines between all their favorite genres. The Chainsmokers are a mix of indie, pop, dance, and hip hop.
Despite it being rather unique for them to sing in their own music, Alex Pall treats it like no big deal. Pall says the difference between them and other dance music is that most other dance music artists don’t write their own songs, while Pall and Taggart strive to be part of the process every step of the way. Now they are working on putting together a cohesive album that tells a story which is another step away from the traditional dance album.