The Work of an Artist: Alex Pall’s Insight on the Music Behind The Chainsmokers

In May of 2016, The Chainsmokers were in New York to debut their newest hit single “Closer”, which featured the popular singer Halsey. The Chainsmokers front men, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, were interviewed about how they were able to establish their identity in the dance music world, their new track “Closer”, and how they intend to evolve as artists as their audience magnifies.



Alex Pall explained that he grew up in the DJing scene and that it was something he did for a substantial portion of his life. Just before Pall met Taggart, he was a DJ performing at various locations around New York City. He was at an art gallery when Pall realized that he wanted to pursue dance music as a proper career. The same manager that manages The Chainsmokers now, managed Alex Pall in his early beginnings, and it was he that introduced Alex to Andrew. They began work immediately after their introductions.



There may have been doubts about their success when they first started out as a duo. However, both artists went in knowing exactly what the other had to offer. For a while, they mainly focused on simple dance music. Although, after approximately a year into their efforts, they decided to switch up their style, and incorporate a variety of genres into their music to shape their own brand. After this epiphany, they produced songs like “Roses”, “Waterbed”, and “Don’t Let Me Down”, which are very popular singles that include a just-right mix amongst indie, pop, electronic, and dance music styles.



Most DJs and electronic music artists rarely sing their own music. Alex and Andrew have broken that mold. Although, Alex and Andrew collaborate with songwriters to aid in developing rhythmic lyrics that coincide seamlessly with their musical beats. Most singers have their song written for them; not all, but a good portion of them. The Chainsmokers may have the assistance of professional songwriters, but they always voice their opinion and perform the bulk of the songwriting. They’re DJs, not songwriters, so it makes sense that they utilize musical aids to ensure they put out music that their fans will enjoy.



When creating their hit single “Closer”, Pall and Taggart thoroughly enjoyed working with Halsey making remarks such as “She’s incredible” and “She has a very strong voice and she’s just very unapologetically her”. Halsey was The Chainsmokers’ number one choice for their collaboration single; they wanted no one else to fill the spot.



The duo is also very informed that their audience is internationally diverse with an approximate 16 to 25 years of age demographic. The Chainsmokers are not biased against anyone who wants to listen to their music. They are not aiming to reach any specific target audience. They simply want to make people happy and to enjoy the art that they put out into the world. Go Here for related Information.


Their work is constantly expanding and as their audience grows and transforms, they continue to push themselves to do bigger and more exciting things from the music they release to the entertainment of their live shows.


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