Alex Paul’s Artisric Emergence


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.

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ChainSmokers: Dark Sound, Bright Future


In 2018 the musical landscape is as crowded as ever; many acts don’t get a second or third chance at critical success. The Chainsmokers is not one of those groups. comprised of Alex Paul and Andrew Taggart the duo of producers is looking forward to their next musical venture.

According to the Chainsmokers they haven’t released any new music in he last 9 months which is weird for them since they are used to releasing tracks every month. This is odd compared to other acts who general try to strike while the iron is hot. The Chainsmokers recently have come off the success of a Grammy nomination with a song collaborating with the rapper Logic. Yet they chose to wait nine months before their next release with the ok of their record label. According to them next project to come out will be darker because they are a reflection of their generation. Taggert asserts that they like to be very current with their material and they feel as if things have gotten more serious lately leading to the darker tone they speak of. Further leading to the darker tone is the frustration they have of being almost caricatures of themselves since fame. People get the information about them from third person sources creating a false image that they now have to deal with and this is synonymous with the youth of this generation dealing with social media.

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The Chainsmokers aren’t concerned about yesterday’s news or accomplishments. Though they are grateful and feel achievements make you feel “super pumped” they are striving to make the next release better. Besides according to them focusing too much on past accolades “its crazy”. They are choosing to stay excited about their new music and to make the best music now.

Overall the Chainsmokers are heading in a new direction lyrically and sonically. They are going for a more band driven sound instead of pop star assisted singles. The pressure to follow up with something great isn’t so much external but internal. They are staying focused on their bright future however dark the music may seem.

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