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Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers on Hit “Closer”, and Working with Halsey

Now focusing on expanding their live shows, honing in on popular social media tags, and growing their voice in new ways, pop duo The Chainsmokers are relishing in the success of hard work and collaboration with top artists such as Halsey in their new single “Closer”.

One day Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers were hanging out after Andrew had hit the gym listening to the “Young and Free” playlist on Spotify, ending up disappointed because everyone sounded the exact same in terms of style, having no real distinct voice. Thinking of a creative new idea for a song, they decided to make something that was based on real life experiences more than based on trying to fit in. Andrew was from a “podunk” town in rural Maine and went to school with extremely wealthy / rich girls who he had grown up trying to impress and hook up with, later to be unimpressed.

 

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Thus, the idea for “Closer” was about hooking up with an ex who they bumped into at a bar and how unique it is to already know everything about each other and the types of feelings that get stirred up from that type of relatable experience.

Both Andrew and Alex were DJ’s who were into electronic music well before it became as popular as it is today (with artists like Aviccii, David Guetta, DeadMau5, etc). Alex was just DJing as a side-gig in order to make a little extra money and have fun, and who eventually quit after being introduced to Andrew from his DJ after his former bandmate had parted ways with him (still retaining The Chainsmokers name).

The two got along so well, in fact, that their initial success led to them to work with the chart-topping artist Halsey. They mention that they love her voice because it’s so unabashedly unique and true to herself and that she was a perfect fit for the hit “Closer”.

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Chainsmokers member, Alex Pall, reveals all in chat with Interview Magazine

Alex Pall, one half of the acclaimed duo the Chainsmokers, recently sat down with Interview Magazine to reveal a lot about his success and inspiration for music making. Starting with small DJing gigs around New York City, Alex soon realized that music was becoming an important part of his life. He mentions how he was at an art gallery and had an epiphany that dance music was consuming his life and that he wanted to give a music career a real shot. That’s when his manager introduced him to Andrew Taggert, another aspiring music maker, to form the duo that we now know today as the Chainsmokers. The two had instant chemistry. Alex mentions that they first started chatting about the kind of artists they listened to growing up. This soon turned into a conversation about their hopes and ambitions as musical artists. Alex reveals a telling anecdote about their work ethic when he says, “it wouldn’t be like, ‘Hey man, I’ll see you next week’ …It was like, 9 AM to 7 PM, we got together every day and worked on music and creating our identity as artists.” One way that the pair are trying to establish this unique identity as artists is by stepping out from behind the DJ booth. Their new single “Closer” features Andrew as the main vocalist. This is not very common these days and really sets the Chainsmokers apart from other electronic DJs who generally hire unknown vocalists to accompany their tracks. Pall mentions how their songs are about them, so why shouldn’t they be writing and singing their own lyrics. He indicates that when writing a new song, they all sit together in a room, throwing ideas out. Sometimes they write the entire song on their own, sometimes they have some help, but in then end it is always about them. This new approach of making electronic music more personal could set the trend for new wave artists to add more personal touches to their creations. Considering the success of Alex and Andrew, it seems a lot of fans of the genre would welcome it.

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