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Alex Pall And His Chain Smoking Route To Success

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.

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New Year, New Sound: The Chainsmokers Offer Something Different for 2018

“Sick Boy”, the newest single from The Chainsmokers, marks a darker turn for the Grammy-winning duo that gave us “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”. The single was released in January after a nine-month drought of new music from the pair and is distinct both in that it is clearly a Chainsmokers creation yet is like nothing we’ve heard from them before.

Drew Taggart, one half of the duo, says that the new sound is a reflection of how he and partner Alex Pall have grown as entertainers, and is also reflective of our social-media driven culture. As he recently told Forbes Magazine, “We think about how we relate to the world now with social media, and how much you’re projecting. You can only tell so much of a story there, too. Then, everything else is left up to their interpretation, and that’s not something that just we artists go through. Everybody does.” Alex Pall reiterated this idea in an interview with Ryan Seacrest: “[Narcissism] is just something that we all see every day and live with now that everyone has a social media platform… it’s not necessarily a bad thing—you kind of have to figure out… the way you’re presenting yourself to the world … it’s self-inflicted, but also a necessary evil in communicating in today’s world.”

These ideas are clear in the song’s lyrics:

And don’t believe the narcissism When everyone projects and expects you to listen to ’em Make no mistake, I live in a prison That I built myself, it is my religion

Taggart and Pall are betting that the new sound will be well-received by fans, as the group plans to release further songs that are different lyrically and musically from what they’ve previously created. They also plan to collaborate with other producers, something they’ve never done before. However, true fans need not worry that the duo will stray from its roots – Taggart and Pall assure that they will stay within the pop and EDM sound that has rendered them such huge success.

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