The music industry today is dominated by many music groups who have managed to get to the mainstream market. The current generation is lucky to have access to different types of music, and that is why there have been exciting music groups coming out every day. The difference between these music groups is that some come with hits and soon they disappear. Others have managed to stay focused in their music by coming up with exciting music. They maintain their success by singing quality and keeping their fans anticipating for more music. The Chainsmokers have managed to be at the top by creating quality songs for their fans. They are some of the most recognized music artists in modern times.
The famous group started in 2012, and since then it has been performing well, but the journey to the top has not been easy. At times they have experienced mockery because of their performance, but they never gave up because they had a goal to achieve. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart knew that there was no option of giving up and they continued working together and creating the best music for their fans. They have been making pop music a revolutionary by coming up with music that has EDM elements. Their songs also have dance and electronic components making them unique and outstanding from the crowd.
They started rising to fame when they created Selfie and released in 2013. Their current success has enabled them to win several awards and attract a massive following from fans who are happy with their work. They have won Grammy Awards with their song ‘Don’t Let Me Down.’ Even after becoming famous and winning several awards, Alex and Andrew believe they still have a lot to achieve on their way. They have not stopped working hard and being focused on what they do. They know they have managed to be at the top because of the hard work they have put in their music endeavors. Without the dedication and focus, they would not achieve great success since the music industry is a competitive one.
With glam and vigor the Chainsmokers and Drew Love from “They”, as a duo, announced their forthcoming single ‘Somebody’ that was released to the digital library on April 20th this year. Drew Taggart the vocalist for Chainsmokers and Love share the feelings that went into the production of this collaborative single as “a story of temptation through time”. The video features time-lapsed water color paintings that sets this song apart in uniqueness.
Demonstrating the anatomy of a hit, the Chainsmokers’ “Somebody” uses a combination of modular synth and pitched-up vocals throughout the song featuring mournful keys and atmospheric synths. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall offer a tutorial on how the song was made giving you a insight into the arduous composition process. The vocal was originally composed for a different song; which makes for why there was a change in the pitch of the song. “Somebody” is a tropical song made with several musical elements including pop, R&B and EDM. The lyrics are focused on rejecting material objects that are meant to define you at the expense of changing your true self despite the pressure from everyone around you. “Somebody” currently peaks at No. 8 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and has been played more than 36 million times on Spotify within a month of its release.
The Chainsmokers are DJ and production duo with American origins, consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. They made their breakthrough with their 2014 song “#Selfie”, which peaked in the top twenty ranking in several countries. They debuted with Bouquet, which was released in October 2015.
Their single “Roses” ranked in the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, followed by “Don’t Let Me Down” which became the first top 5 single of the duo. The song also won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. “Closer” elevated the Chainsmokers to a new height, after it became their first single to appear number 1 on the chart. They’ve also bagged two American Music Awards and five iHeartRadio Music Awards.
The Chainsmokers have certainly created a lot of smoke and hype with their exotic music and the combining of different genres and elements but they’ve also managed to add meaning to the the traditional term ‘chainsmoker’ that refers to a person who smokes in succession, with their unique releases one after the other.
2016 saw the Chainsmokers (Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart) become a household name especially after the release of their single ‘Closer’ which topped the music charts and received massive airplay. In the song which features vocalist Halsey, Andrew Taggart has also displayed his vocal prowess. This is a first time for the DJ/Production duo who have previously relied on other artists to deliver the vocals in their songs. Alex Pall spoke with Mathias Rosenzweig from Interview Magazine to shed more light on their new style and how they planned to establish and grow their identity.
The journey of the Chainsmokers started in New York city when their current manager introduced Andrew to Alex Pall. Alex says that at the time he was an upcoming DJ in New York, but he quit when Andrew joined him from Maine to concentrate on their music career. Initially, they studied trends in the electronic dance music scene that were working well for other artists and tried to shape their identity around these trends. Alex Pall points out that over time, they started trying out new concepts to stay relevant in this competitive industry and formed their identity around these new concepts.
In the Interview, Alex Pall revealed that singing about their real lives helped them to open up and show their identity to their fans. He explained that even in their previous singles where they solely relied on other artists to do the vocals, they were still directly involved in the various stages of songwriting and production. Alex told Mathias that working with Halsey was an honor because he admired her for her confidence and excellent vocals. He disclosed that she was one of the artists they had always aspired to collaborate with.
Alex Pall went ahead to acknowledge that social media had helped them to gain international recognition. He told Mathias that what made him happy was connecting with fans of different age groups, ethnicity and races from all over the world including places like South Africa. Alex Pall assured their fans that they would keep incorporating new concepts and ideas into their concerts to give them new experiences.