In a recent interview with Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine and journalist Mathias Rosenzweig, The Chainsmokers’ one half member Alex Pall describes his experience leading up to the music duo’s fame success. The DJ multi-genre infused pair climbed to the top of the charts with two of their previous hit singles, “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses”. Now they are ready to break the charts again with their newest single “Closer” featuring singer Halsey. Pall, a previous gallery curator, talks about DJing and music as a passion of his formerly on the sidelines of his career but which he eventually chose to conquer.
Up until meeting his group mate, Andrew Taggart, Pall played music for numerous clubs and claims to always have held a knack for promoting and marketing, so paired with Taggart’s previous music producing experience, made for a great partnership. Under Pall’s previous solo manager and now group’s current manager, the two instantly bonded, and the rest is history. Pall credits their music passion and drives as instigators for their second-nature relationship. They take their music seriously and reflect on their commitment to quality composition and sound making them unique in that sense. Pall mentions the group’s writing process as part of their character.
The Chainsmokers are, at least, co-writers in each their songs. While struggling to produce music more or less relating to their audience, Pall and his group mate decided to look at their experiences. “Closer” is based on Taggart’s own previous romantic relationship. The group is currently the only successful DJ/electronic group to write and sign their own vocal compositions. The group recognizes inspiration starts with building off others, and it takes more than a couple hit songs to build an individual style.
Pall explains the group’s current approach in the music scene involves heavy-duty identity searching before diving into their next project, a full-length album which takes an overall stance on a motif or experience. Pall is surprised by the group’s age fan base ranging from pre-teens to his mother’s age. He is humbled by this and says it motivates them to take their stage performance seriously and establish a stronger presence.