Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, growing up miles apart, took similar paths in life. They were both DJing in their local areas, struggling to make money as musicians. When Alex Pall’s previous partner left The Chainsmokers, a mutual friend put Pall and Taggart in contact. This is how The Chainsmokers were born.
The two DJs, after the release of “Closer,” sat down with an interview with Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. Topics ranged from their beginnings to their future, even briefly speaking about Halsey, who was a guest singer on “Closer.”
Andrew Taggart was working as a DJ in Maine while attending college; Alex Pall was doing slightly better in New York, but when his partner left the group, he needed a new musical partner. This is when Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart were put together. They began making music right away.
“We were both very observant about what was going on around us,” Pall explained to the interviewer. The Chainsmokers took what they needed to from other successful acts, adapted it, and used it to craft their own unique sound. Now every Chainsmokers song sounds different enough to stand out, but each record is finely tuned to be recognized as a Chainsmokers song.
The interviewer asked The Chainsmokers if being a DJing duo makes it harder to be taken seriously as a musical act, and Taggart wasn’t quite sure.
“I think yes and no,” Taggart said. He also said that for a while all popular music was starting to sound the same. Specifically, Taggart was referring to the Young and Free playlist from Spotify. A lot of music producers are trying to mimic other successful songs, and forget to include originality into the process. The Chainsmokers have successfully brought their own sound to a convoluted genre, and they are successful for this reason.