Alex Pall says that he grew up with a strong interest in being a DJ which grew into his main hobby. Once he was going to college he started to make a part-time career of it doing various gigs around New York City. He says he was really passionate about being a DJ but felt a bit worried that it felt more like fun to him than a real job. One day he was working at an art gallery when it hit him that he should drop everything else and pursue being a DJ as his career. He wanted to give it a proper shot and so he talked to his manager. His manager had another client by the name of Andrew “Drew” Taggart. He put them together and right off the bat they clicked in what they wanted out of their musical careers and what their music would be about.
Today, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are the music duo known as The Chainsmokers. They’ve been around for about three years now and have a number of chart-topping songs under their belts. Unlike most DJ bands they have a hand in writing their own music. Most of the musicians in their genre hide behind their music and don’t really reveal much about themselves. Pall and Taggart, however, reveal themselves through their music and the lyrics they use. They also do their own vocals while other DJ’s in the industry typically hire other people to sing for them.
Alex Pall says that by using Instagram he can see what type of people are listening to The Chainsmokers. He says that he and Drew are pretty excited that their music is being listened to around the world. He says that beyond North America and Europe their music is catching on in places like the Philippines and South Africa. Many of their fans are in the 16 to 25-year-old range, Alex Pall says. He is pretty sure that their fans are an even mix of girls and boys. He also likes to see videos from fans who have their children singing The Chainsmokers songs.
The Chainsmokers have taken the music industry by storm since appearing on the scene in 2015. Their debut EP, “Bouquet,” produced a smash hit with “Roses,” which featured vocals from Rozes — otherwise known as Elizabeth Mencel. The song, which she co-wrote, hit the top 10 in Billboard’s Hot 100 and went to number one on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Their success didn’t stop there. For more than two years, they produced hit after hit. “Paris,” featuring vocals from Emily Warren, also hit the top 10 in Billboard’s Hot 100, as well as going to number one on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart. They collaborated with Coldplay on “Something Just Like This,” which was nominated for a Grammy. Their collaboration with American singer Halsey was their first number one hit in the Hot 100 and held its spot for 12 weeks in a row. It stayed in the top five for 26 weeks. During this time, theChainsmokers beat Calvin Harris’s record of three songs at the top of the Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
The duo has followed up these phenomenal few years with a new single. “Sick Boy” is darker than their previous music. It’s meant to reflect the tone of the times. They spent the nine months since their previous release growing and reflecting not just on their place in society but their place as artists.
They don’t plan to slow down again in the near future. They have a lot of music planned — music that they hope will push the envelope, lyrically and soundwise. They’re not satisfied with keeping up their old sounds and style. They intend to keep growing and evolving. They have a number of upcoming collaborations with fellow producers.
It’s something new for the EDM duo, which consists of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. They formed in 2012 in New York City. They drew some attention with “#Selfie” in 2014 and then shot to success with their first EP.