The DJ scene is incredibly competitive, with artists competing for airspace – and airtime. Alex Pall is one half of the music duo The Chainsmokers. He tells Interview Magazine what it was like getting into the music business, and where the band is headed next.
The Chainsmokers released their first EP in 2015. Since then, they’ve become known for songs like “Paris” and “Roses,” but it was 2016’s “Closer” that really put the band on the map. This ridiculously catchy song features lyrical nods to the up-and-coming Millenial mindset – “play that Blink-182 song that we beat to death in Tuscon” – and Halsey singing a duet with Andrew Taggart, Alex Pall’s bandmate.
In the interview, Alex Pall says that when he and Andrew Taggart met, it was a very natural fit – they started working together immediately. They both had backgrounds DJing while in college; Alex Pall had majored in art history and music business at New York University, and Andrew Taggart had studied in the Bandier Program at Syracuse University, which combines music and entrepreneurship.
Alex Pall says that once he and Andrew began collaborating, they would work every day, often from 9AM to 7PM, refining their music and learning more about the music industry. Pall admits that he is always growing as a musician, and that creating music people will love and identify with is always the ultimate goal. He and Taggart continue to discuss new album concepts and what can make them even better music artists.
Since “Closer,” The Chainsmokers have only gotten bigger, continuing to refine their sound and image as artists, not just DJs. At the 2017 Grammys, they won their first Grammy for Best Dance Recording, for the song “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya. They also collaborated with Coldplay for the song “Something Just Like This.”
Will basically only be tweeting from the Chainsmokers cause social media pic.twitter.com/sMteXlL0jL
— Alex pall (@AlexPallNY) February 7, 2016