Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are two DJs who met at a time when both of them were considering to explore the world of electronic dance music fully. They wasted no time in getting to work, producing hits like “Don’t let me down” and “Roses.” With their new single “Closer” which features Halsey, the duo diverges from their traditional beat making style and collaborating vocalists to including Andrew in the vocals. Mathias Rosenzweig of Interview magazine had a chance to speak to the Chainsmokers about their new song, identity and their evolution plans.
Alex Pall says that he knew they would work out from the moment they met each other because of their shared dream and drive. They took time to learn and understand the electronic music trends and used this knowledge to shape their identity. They worked hard on a daily basis to define their identity and become better artists for their growing audience.
According to Pall, singing on their songs is part of taking an active role in their work. He says even though they have always been involved in the song composition process by guiding songwriters and sometimes chipping in the writing process, “Closer” was a new experience for them. Andrew being part of the vocals is a step towards diversifying their identity. He tells Mathias that Halsey is an incredible artist whose voice fascinates him and working with her was one of their priorities.
Alex says he owes it to social media platforms that have helped them get to know the type of people that connect with their music and interact with them. It is exciting for them to know that their music is acknowledged internationally and it cuts across different age groups.
The DJ who grew up in New York admits that the electronic music scene is ever changing and growing. It requires one to try out new concepts to remain relevant and at the top. The duo performs their songs live and are thinking of new visual and creative ideas to add into their performance element like mixing videos of their live shows with their DJ show.
American DJ group The Chainsmokers brought forth new music in early 2018 with the release of “Sick Boy.” The latest song achieved top 10 success on the Billboard charts in Norway and Sweden. In addition, it reached gold and platinum accreditation via ARIA, showing that these talented music makers are here to stay. The song was considered a dark departure from previous music from the duo, featuring a message they felt needed to be express.
The DJ duo consists of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart who have now been producing music for over two years. Their hits have included the Grammy-winning track “Don’t Let Me Down” by Darya and “Closer” with Halsey, as well as the song “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay. While those songs are generally upbeat in nature, the group’s new song “Sick Boy” is considered darker than what The Chainsmokers have put out before.
During an interview with Forbes, Taggart mentioned that the song is basically a reflection of what they go through as artists and what people go through in this new generation. He said they generally become caricatures of what people think they are based on what has been said about them. Taggart said that he and Pall needed to express the anger and frustration they felt over this, which led to the creation of “Sick Boy.”
He also brought up the notion of the current generation that is growing up relying on social media such as Instagram. Taggart said he is hoping that maybe people will connect with the ideas they’re expressing in their new songs regarding the effects that being attached to social media can have. That includes being overly concerned with clicking “Like” or reacting to posts and checking how popular one is on a social media platform. The group seems to have the hope that their message will spread and get individuals to recognize how they really relate to the world around them.
While The Chainsmokers are relatively young in the music world, they have achieved massive success in just two years. That trend seems as if it will continue as they continue to experiment with new themes and collaborate with more artists. The group released three songs after “Sick Boy” including “Everybody Hates Me” and “Somebody” featuring Drew Love. It looks like the American DJ group will continue speaking their unique messages through their music as fans consume their latest creations.