Mathais Rosenzwaig recently interviewed Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the DJ duo from the popular dance music band The Chainsmokers. In this interview, Alex Pall gave a brief history of the duo’s connection and their vision of the artists they are becoming.
Alex Pall loved electronic music as a young person. He worked as a DJ in his spare time to earn extra money. Soon he found that he was more passionate about dance music than he was about his full time job. The more gigs he performed, the more excited about music he became. Alex Taggart had the same passion for dance music as Alex Pall. Taggart had experience in producing music. His was also a DJ in Maine. Taggart was introduced to Pall when he came to New York. Pall and Taggart had an instant connection.
Soon this duo started working together 9am to 7pm daily. Fast forward four years later, Taggart and Pall form The Chainsmokers, who then top the pop music charts. Their instant connection has created widely popular music and desire for new identity as artists that connects with each listener of their music. Pall mentioned in their interview that his music is for all people who feel something good when listening to his tracks; regardless of: age, gender, background, or social status.
With their track “Closer”, Pall and Taggart step out of the dance music box. In today’s dance music scene, most DJ’s do not sing on their own tracks, but with the single “Closer” Andrew Taggart does his own vocals and tells his own personal experience with his ex-girlfriend. On future tracks, Pall wants to mix music genres such as hip-hop, indie, pop, and dance music to create a new identity for himself and Taggart as artists.
Halsey, and other artists have helped them create hit singles. As The Chainsmokers continue to create fresh, popular tracks, they want more control of their music. Pall explains that the music has become more than just a way to pay the bills, and but about growing as an artist, and creating relevant, quality, and melodic music.