As a young boy, he had somewhat of a career as a DJ in New York City. Alex Pall knew that it would be more than just a side job for it was something that was very close to his heart. As a Dj, he had so much fun such that it made him too afraid to pursue being a DJ as a career. One day while visiting an art gallery, he became painfully aware of how much dance music had dominated his life.
At that moment, he decided to try it out seriously. His current manager, who was also his manager when he was a Dj, set him up with Andrew Taggart, together making the music group the Chainsmokers. With Alex Pall quitting his job and Andrew moving from Maine into New York City, their music career began.
Knowing his strengths, Alex Pall decided to talk with his new partner first. Believing that he knew his strengths too, they discussed their interests in music past and present. Knowing his new partner was just as important as working together for Alex. They knew they had to learn so much more yet treating the opportunity like a job was not their intention. They strived to go the extra mile to become better. Working together daily, they slowly but surely worked on their persona as a band.
Even with their massive success, music is not just the source of their livelihood; it was much more than that. People worldwide identify with their music profoundly. This, in turn, creates a consistent opportunity for the Chainsmokers to self-reflect and grow artists.
The Chainsmokers sing their songs as opposed to other electronic music artists in the industry. Alex believes this is because third parties such as songwriters are outsourced. Even though they seek the help of songwriters, they work together to have a more personal song. The songs created are indeed about their experiences. With singles such as Roses, Closer, and Don’t let me down, the band confesses that they primarily make music for themselves. That people delight in it profoundly is thrilling for them.
Some people feel like The Chainsmokers have been around for years but it has really been for little over two years since they reached mainstream appeal. The first song of theirs to crack the top 10 was “Roses” at the beginning of 2015. Since that time The Chainsmokers have released a string of hits. This band is a duo featuring two producers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart. They have performed with a number of other artists. They teamed up with “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay. Their song “Closer” featured Halsey. They also featured Daya on “Don’t Let Me Down” which made her an overnight sensation.
When you have had as much success in music as they have the pressure builds to keep doing what you’re doing. The Chainsmokers didn’t want to do this, though, as they want to grow and evolve. Their most recent single, “Sick Boy” is a much darker song than anything they have done and it marks a new phase for The Chainsmokers.
“Sick Boy” follows a long period for this band to now release a song. Drew Taggart said that they had been releasing songs on a monthly basis but they went nine months without one before releasing this new single. He said that they like to keep their music really current with what is going on in their lives and the world in general.
The Chainsmokers music is a mixture of different genres. It has been described as partially pop as well as dance music that has been mixed with indie and hip-hop as well. Both Alex Paul and Andrew Taggart have said they have taken inspiration musically from a number of sources. This includes deadmau5 and Pharell Williams who also both DJ. Other inspirations include Max Martin, Blink-182, and Taylor Swift among others.
Their most recent tour was in 2017 when they went on the Memories Do Not Open tour to support their album of the same name. This album went on to become certified platinum. Their first album was Bouquet while their second one was called Collage. They have also released many singles onto the market as well.