Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the award-winning Chainsmokers, a DJ/production duo out of the New England area. Drew Taggart was in college and Alex Pall was working in New York City right before they met; they were both DJing on the side.
In college, Taggart was able to witness a long list of DJs who were making a good bit of money while performing at parties, clubs and bars. “There are a lot of college DJs who were getting booked around New York City,” Taggart explained. “And the opportunity was kind of revealing itself.”
Taggart became involved with Interscope in a client-managerial relationship right before he was introduced to Pall.
Alex Pall was in an art gallery in New York when he realized that he could make a career out of DJing. It wasn’t long after when his manager introduced him to Drew Taggart and the two of them immediately noticed the chemistry. Taggart moved from Maine to New York City and Pall quit his job to pursue music as full-time careers.
When the duo finally met, they quickly realized they had what it took to become successful. “I think we both initially knew what we brought to the table.” Pall explained. Pall and Taggart began working together every day from morning till dark and didn’t stop until they found their identity as artists.
“In every single genre, you have people that make stuff that sounds like the other stuff that’s popular,” Taggart said concerning how they found their identity. For a while, The Chainsmokers were trying to blend their own identity around popular dance music. It wasn’t until “Waterbed,” “Roses,” and “Don’t let me Down” came out that they steered away from the dance genre and truly created their own sound.
Despite the emergence of their new sound, their biggest innovation since they began was having Taggart provide vocals on “Closer,” Previously, Taggart and Pall only provided the instrumentation for their music; the duo relied on popular artists to perform the vocals.
“Alex and I are a year or two ahead of “Roses,” Taggart explains. “Some people are just now hearing [“Roses.”]” The current sound of The Chainsmokers is always different than the music they release. Moving forward, Pall and Taggart plan to continue innovating their sound and always staying ahead of copiers.