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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.

 

https://www.interviewmagazine.com/music/the-chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers are a popular EDM band, who not only created hits in the electronic music scene, but also the Top 40/Pop music scene. The band is actually a duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Some of their notable hits include “#Selfie,” “Closer,” and their most recent hit “Sick Boy.” They have constantly dominated the Billboard Dance 100 List, and as of March 2018, they are number one on the list. The song “Closer” was number one on the Top 100 list. They also produced 5 other Top 10 hits throughout their career.

Stereotypically the band has produced your standard party hits; songs that will keep the crowd going into the wee hours of the night. But their song “Sick Boy” takes a much darker tone and shifts from the usual fair of the duo. According to the band however, writing a song like “Sick Boy” isn’t that far out of the question. Taggart says, “The next topic is a little bit darker, but I think that’s the tone of society right now. Our stuff is always a reflection of what’s going on in our lives and the world around us.”

This new single is coming in nine months after they wrote their last song, so there is much to be expected. In the past the band consistently wrote a song every month, so having such a gap also is a surprise for Chainsmokers fans. Clearly, we are entering a new chapter of the Chainsmokers’ career, as they evolve as artists. Time will tell if they can keep their success and popularity as shift from their party hits and feel good songs, to their new tone and introspective lyrics. If all else fails, they at the very least continue their electronic music careers and produce hits for musicians outside of their band, as they have along with their “solo” career.

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