While it may seem obvious that a band sings songs, the Chainsmokers have relied on famous singers to give voice to their songs. That is changing. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert, the minds behind the Chainsmokers, are moving away from their DJ roots and becoming more involved in their songs. As true artists, they want to be involved in all aspects of the process. They hope it will reveal more of their true personalities. Instead of being more behind the music they now want to be front and center.
DJing was something Pall did from an early age in New York City. Although he always knew he had his own identity, he studied the music scene to see what other DJs were doing and what he felt was missing from the music scene. He is always thinking about his art, and in discussion with the second half of the Chainsmokers, Alex Taggart, they are constantly trying to find ways to evolve.
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Their music reflects their personal views of what is happening in society, and so to pass off the important aspect of singing did not seem appropriate. They did not want to be thought of as the music that was used by someone else. They always wanted a stronger connection to their audience. They can tell that it is being successful. Through social media they can keep track of what their fans are feeling, although the dangers of social media is something they are tackling in their new music.
While they will always feel like DJs, and there is no doubt they will continue to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, they are also proud to put their own voices to the art they create. They are going to put that to the test with their next major tour.