The Chainsmokers is currently one of the most popular music groups across the United States of America. Consisting of just two members – Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall – The Chainsmokers have landed their unique mixture of popular and electronic dance music has managed to breach the ranks of the United States Billboard Hot 100 list several times, including the songs “Roses,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Closer,” the latter-most of which became number one on the list.
Though the duo is relatively new – Pall and Taggart joined musical forces with one another in New York City just six years ago – its hottest hit, “Closer,” featuring one of the most popular pop music stars in the industry in Halsey, has reached a whopping two billion views on YouTube, an accomplishment very few artists or content creators have managed to surpass, let alone reach with an equal count of two billion views, across the entirety of YouTube’s history.
Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart’s unique process of making songs involves the two creating just about everything except for the vocals heard – Taggart does sing on at least half of most of The Chainsmokers’ songs – is the fuel for the duo’s chart-topping musical successes throughout the past few years.
It’s interview time with Alex Pall
In 2016, Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers sat down with Mathias Rosenzweig of Interview Magazine for an in-depth interview that is known by many music industry critics as both one of the most genuine and entertaining Mr. Pall has ever given.
Since Pall’s adolescent years, he maneuvered his way around New York City’s nightlife scene and performed countless sets as a disk jockey for amateur-level parties. Though Pall was then involved in his professional career in the field he would have chosen if not for The Chainsmokers’ resounding success, he soon quit after Taggart relocated from Maine to NYC.
Me. Pall also expressed that he felt his knack for narrowing down the average listener of The Chainsmokers honed thanks to Instagram – listeners hail from South Africa to Southeast Asia.
The Chainsmokers have released a new song called “Sick Boy”. This song represents a darker side of the Chainsmokers, where they will be bringing their fans in the future. The song represents the anger and frustration that Andre Taggart and Alex Pall have, since they are now famous and have critics that insult their music and their lifestyle, without even fully knowing them. The song is also a new beginning, and a new chapter of the story of the Chainsmokers as electronic dance music artists.
The Chainsmokers met when and have only been in the mainstream music spotlight for two years know, although it seems that they have been around for decades to some fans of EDM, also known as Electronic Dance Music. The first time that the Chainsmokers broke into the top ten list was in 2015, when they released “Roses”, and since then, they have been on the top ten lists for years, rather than months, which is a difficult accomplishment to achieve. The pressure to continue to succeed as an artist duo is the other piece of the motivation for Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall.
The duo had not put out a song in nine months, which is a relatively long time for them, as they like to stay current with the music that they create by releasing one new song every month. Certainly the duo could simply put out more variations of the same songs, and over half a dozen new compositions would not be too difficult for them to create. But the motivation was to give the fans something new, and to begin a new chapter in the life of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. The style of the duo has been a mix of Electronic Dance Music and Top 40 Pop, but going with a darker twist to the music has allowed the duo to access a new market share with their songs.
The Chainsmokers are a musical duo made up of a Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, a DJ and a producer. Their sound is too varied to be defined to one genre, but they have been described as dance, pop, edm, and electropop. The act is signed to Disruptor Records, a joint venture between Sony and Columbia as of April of 2015. The duo have had 11 songs hit the billboard charts, 5 of them have been top 10s and one of their songs has reached all the way to number 1.
The Chainsmokers kicked off 2018 by releasing a new single called “Sick Boy.” “We haven’t put out a song in nine months,” Taggart said in an interview. “Which is a really long time for us.” The Chainsmokers are known for their unorthodox release schedule. Rather than release an album every year like most acts, The Chainsmoker release singles every couple of months. Starting in 2015, with their first studio single “Roses,” until their first studio album came out in 2017, all of the music heard by fans was released one song at a time.
The Chainsmokers, whose sound has always been changing, say that “Sick Boy” is their biggest change yet. For the first time, fans are hearing a darker version of The Chainsmokers. Andrew Taggart explains that the change in their sound can be attributed to the change in culture in America. “I feel -like our music’s always been lyrically, at least, like a reflection of our generation,” Taggart explained. “The next topic is a little bit dark, but I think that’s the tone of society right now.”
“We’re going to keep them coming,” Taggart said when asked if more dark toned songs were on the way. With one album behind them, we could be seeing the development of the sound that will be heard on their next studio project. However, to the contrary Taggart explains that music moves so fast in today’s world that the sound of mainstream music may change dramatically before the next Chainsmokers album hits stores.