How the Chainsmokers Are Doing Music Differently: A Talk With Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart

Even if you don’t listen to the radio that much, you’ve probably heard “Closer” by The Chainsmokers. “Closer” quickly ascended up music charts around the world, and the addictive chorus coupled with effective lyrics made a great musical package. However, like most songs, knowing the people behind the music makes listening to it all the better. Fortunately, Interview Magazine recently conducted an interview with The Chainsmokers. The Chainsmokers are made up of two individuals, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, and the duo is doing truly special work as they continue to collaborate together as both DJs and lovers of music.

Given the obvious talent of both Pall and Taggart, one might wonder how the pair ended up together. Luckily, Interview Magazine’s interview opens with this type of inquiry, asking how the two both fell in love with music and eventually became acquainted with one another. Pall described his early life, mentioning the transition he experienced from being a DJ “on-the-side” to doing so full time. Taggart also shed light on his personal life, making interesting comments about his apparently early preference of electronic music. According to Taggart, he was often made fun of for his early adoption of electronic music and the styles that often accompany love of the genre. Regardless, Taggart pushed forward with his musical passions, and he and Pall were eventually united through a manager. According to the interview’s next question, the two quickly understood one another, and it didn’t take long for the music to start coming.

It’s been four years since the two met up for the first time, and since they’ve started making music and evolving, they have learned about their shared ambitions. According to Pall, their early stages included many days of working from 9 AM to 7 PM. This dedication didn’t come from wanting to treat their work like a “regular job,” but instead to give their craft the attention it deserves. The two have continued to subvert the expectations of the DJ genre. Of course, the two also emphasize the personal connection their music makes with listeners: “People related to our music on such a deeper level, and we want that to be the case more and more.” This quote shows the trajectory Pall wants to follow, and him and Taggart both have a great chance of making this happen if they continue to make music of the caliber they recently have.

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