When Alex Pall worked side gigs as a DJ in New York City, he knew he had a passion for music. However, he was worried about quitting his full-time job to pursue a career in the industry. Still, he soon realized that he could no longer ignore how big a role electronic dance music played in his life.
Eventually, Pall’s manager introduced him to Andrew Taggart, who was also working as a DJ. It was then that Pall left his job to work alongside Taggart full time.
The move paid off. Taggart and Pall, known professionally as the Chainsmokers, have become one of the most successful dance music artists in the country. They have even become popular internationally, with a following in places like Philippines and South Africa. Pall noted that while most of their fans are between the ages of 16 and 25, he has even heard of children as young as six knowing the duo’s songs.
The Chainsmokers first burst onto the scene in 2014 with “#Selfie,” which mostly consists of beats and spoken words. But since then, they have released songs that do include sung lyrics. One of those tracks was the 2016 hit “Closer,” featuring Halsey.
Pall noted that Halsey, with her unique voice and strong sense of identity, is the type of singer the Chainsmokers hope to work with on future tracks.
Taggart himself also sings on “Closer,” even though most DJs do not actually sing on their own tracks. It’s just one way the Chainsmokers are pushing the boundaries of the EDM industry.
“You see a lot of these older artists that we’re big fans of take a break for a couple of years, and I’m sure they deserved it, but then they try to come back, it just isn’t the same anymore,” Hall concluded. “So for us it’s all about being on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and giving people new experiences.”