The Chainsmokers represent a unique band because the pair of DJs lends their own voices to their recent hit song, “Closer” which also featured Halsey. The idea of members of a band singing their own song is not revolutionary until you consider the role that most DJs have in creating music. Contemporary DJs have been confined to creating electronic motifs and left the vocal portion of songs to vocalists and songwriters. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the two artists behind The Chainsmokers, want to do more than just spin records behind a DJ booth but be truly recognized as artists equal to any other band out there. Alex Pall talked with interviewmagazine.com to discuss the past, new music, and their plans for change in the future.
Pall revealed that DJing had always been a hobby of his even as a kid. He quit his job at an art gallery to pursue a career that he was really passionate about and that was consuming his life. His current manager introduced him to Drew (Andrew) and then something just clicked. Then the rest is history. Taggart reminisced about enjoying electronic music in college and pursuing DJing even from before dance music gained popularity. He dabbled in playing shows in New York City, put a couple songs on SoundCloud and kept being encouraged to pursue his passion. Then he was put in contact with Pall’s manager about replacing a member of a DJ duo who was leaving. That duo was called the Chainsmokers and “It was love at first sight”.
The duo works together well because of their drive and ambition. They both have similar core values and push each other to become better artists. For Pall and Taggart, their jobs are more than just commitment but something that they want people to be able to relate to. For Taggart being relatable means pushing the boundaries of genres and remaining unique. Their songs are their own and do not necessarily fit within one genre of music. The Chainsmokers promise to continue to be “on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and giving people new experiences” and their music remains unique for that very reason.