Electronic dance music has been one of the fastest growing in the music industry after some of the most famous faces in the world moved into this area. One of the most mysterious aspects of the music industry has always been the superstar DJ who places beats over a song written by a professional songwriter and sung by a guest vocalist. Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers has recently explained how the duo is looking to change the way the music industry looks at artists such as himself and musical collaborator Andrew Taggart.
Nothing about the way Alex Pall and collaborator Andrew Taggart go about their work as musicians fit the archetype of the DJ who has little impact on the music they give their fans. The duo has made the conscious decision to step into the writer’s room and add their own expertise and experiences to the songs they are writing alongside experienced experts.
For Alex Pall, music has always been something he wished to explore and thought his best chance of success was to be from playing DJ sets as part of a New York-based DJ collaboration. In 2012, Alex Pall saw his first collaborator leave The Chainsmokers just as the duo were becoming so successful Pall was trying to quit his day job and focus solely on music. After a short period questioning his future, Pall was put in touch with Andrew Taggart, a recent college graduate and part-time DJ intent on moving to Los Angeles and finding success in the music industry. After meeting the pair immediately began working daily on their new sound and forged the image Pall is so careful to protect he keeps a careful watch on the Instagram page of the duo.
Working together for a number of years before the release of their breakthrough album, “Memories… Do Not Open” allows the pair to express their creativity even more as they have stored enough material to release numerous albums. Keeping themselves at the forefront of the creative process is the main aim of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart as they move towards greater success as The Chainsmokers.
For most artists, fame isn’t something that comes overnight. That wasn’t the case for Alex and Andrew of the Chainsmokers, who virtually became the top music production DJ’s in the country in the blink of an eye. What’s more is that they have maintained a high level of success an impact with their music since their first collaboration. Alex Pall recently did an interview where he discussed what the band has gone through since first forming and what they hope to accomplish with their music in the near future. While being a celebrity can be exciting, it’s not all fun and games for the Chainsmokers, as they are hard at work creating new music all the time.
Ever since first coming together, Alex and Andrew hit it off right away. They both have the same style in mind when it comes to music production and they always compliment each other’s keys aspects to create hit songs. The Chainsmokers have done many collaborations in the past couple of years and a big part of this is because they do not typically do the vocals for their own music, therefore other singers fill in. It all worked out for the best, however, bringing both the Chainsmokers and their collaborators more fans and more success. When asked, Alex stated they will continue doing more collaborations with various artists as they enjoy working with other talented individuals and groups.
Alex Pall talked about what the band was up to the past year when they stopped putting out music at their regular pace and his answer perfectly summed it up. Just like the question itself, many people have high expectations for the DJ’s and are always wanting something more or something new. While this is good, it is limiting when people only want the same thing over and over. Alex and Andrew want to expand on their music styles and become even greater musicians, so they need their creativity to run free instead of being blocked off.
Avicii may have passed away last month, but his influence on EDM and electronic music looms large. At this year’s Billboard Music Awards, The Chainsmokers and Halsey made sure the Swedish DJ got the respect and reverence they felt he deserved. Both the New York City-based Chainsmokers and singer Halsey showed that Avicii has been a significant influence on their careers.
The US-based producers, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, began working together to create electronic music under the Chainsmoker moniker in 2012. The duo scored their first hit “Roses” in 2015 before worked with Halsey on their 2016 hit “Closer,” their first number 1 hit, among other works. The group has listed their musical influences as Pharrell Williams, deadmau5 Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Taylor Swift, Max Martin, The xx, and Explosions in the Sky in addition to illustrious Swedish DJ. While Halsey’s career, which she says was inspired by diverse range of acts including Slick Rick, Kayne West, and most significantly Taking Back Sunday, took off in 2014 with her debut album “Room 93” and subsequent The Kooks and Imagine Dragons tour.
Before presenting the Top Hot 100 Song of 2018 award to Luis Fonsi for his summer hit “Despacito,” both The Chainsmokers gave a shout out to the deceased DJ saying, “Avicii was an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and meant so much to us and the EDM community.” Halsey echoed this and added, “Everyone who worked with him would say that he was such a joy and that makes this tragedy all the more painful. It’s a reminder to all of us to be there and support and love our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental illness.” Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling was known to have struggled with alcohol and drug issues. His death was eventually revealed to have been a suicide by his family. His tragic life, however, gave way to a unique music style that some credit with single-handedly bringing EDM into the mainstream.