Alex Pall, one half of a fairly new but already widely recognized duo called The Chainsmokers, spoke in an article entitled “The Chainsmokers” about his experiences with, perspectives on, and hopes for his musical career and that of his partner, Andrew Taggart. Pall’s topics of discussion range from his and Taggart’s use of elements from other genres and periods of music to their interest in creating a whole new sound.
First, Pall gives a brief overview of the history of The Chainsmokers. Pall, who was raised in New York City, has been DJing his whole life. However, it originally began as more of a hobby than a career choice for him. Eventually, Pall realized that his passion should also be his career, and shortly after was introduced to Taggart.
Pall and Taggart’s chemistry as producers of electronic music was certainly palpable from the start. Pall describes his willingness to work long hours with Taggart, often spending 14 hours a day together working on new music. Pall accurately believes that he and Taggart needed to be self-aware of their music and how it was made. In addition to making music that they love, Pall and Taggart took a realistic approach to the career development side of their work, paying attention to which artists were successful and taking note of the musical and professional characteristics that brought about such success.
Pall also talks about his and Taggart’s awareness for the success of their own music. He plans out the release of each song, giving the public listeners ample time to digest each song before progressing onto the next release. That way, audiences are able to fully appreciate both The Chainsmokers’ work and their development as artists.
In the interest of their development as artists, Pall and Taggart began producing music according to their own tastes. Singing the songs he wrote is a relatively novel phenomenon for DJs, but The Chainsmokers took the route because they wanted to, says Pall. And it paid off. Pall also discussed their collaboration with Halsey on the hit “Closer.” According to Pall, Halsey’s personality fit right in with that of The Chainsmokers.