In an interview that was conducted by interviewmagazine.com in the summer of 2016, Alex Pall, who is one-half of the successful music duo called The Chainsmokers, discussed his views on today’s music industry and how he got his start in it. He stated that he became a DJ while he was growing up in New York, and although it started out as just a hobby of his, he later began showcasing his skills all around the city, and got a career going for himself. He eventually partnered up with another DJ named Rhett Bixler, and from there, The Chainsmokers was formed. But after his first partner left the venture, he was introduced to Andrew Taggart, who was attending college at Syracuse University at the time. Andrew had been an intern at Interscope Records while he was in school, and after meeting Alex, he took an interest in DJing and the EDM genre. A couple of years later, Andrew collaborated with another friend of theirs to write the song Closer, which became one of the band’s biggest hits, and won them a Grammy.
Alex Pall said that working with singer Halsey on Closer was an incredible experience, because he considers her to be a cool and unique person who has a strong voice, and is unapologetic about her personal style. The duo also had a hit with the song Selfie when they first broke onto the music scene. During that time, Alex Pall expressed that he wrote songs for the band that relate to his passions, interests and political ideas, or other things that he cares about. The two music artists have said that they feel that the types of people who connect to their music the most are in the age range of 16 to 25, but they said that there are also those in the over 30 group that enjoy it as well.
When asked what new items they bought after reaching success, Alex Pall said that he bought a house in the Hollywood Hills, but, according to him, he and Taggart aren’t the type of guys to go out and buy expensive cars.
Chainsmokers consist of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall. In April 2018, at the Pop music Awards, Drew Taggart won the award for songwriter of the year from Ascap. During his speech, they give a shout out to a number of songwriters who also won the award. Drew Taggart’s focus to write the next hit always puts him a panic mode, “he says jokingly”. He acknowledged one of his songwriting partners Emily Warren. Emily Warren helped in writing numerous Chainsmokers songs.
The Chainsmokers became the first dance artist/ DJ group to top the Billboard top 100’s list. By March 2018, their video for the single “ Sick Boy” had reached over 100 million views. They will perform at the Pepsi Generations Summer Campaign in Los Angeles, July 24th. To create an epic performance they will seek to blend their Edm-style, and perform some of the greatest artist songs ever. This list is said to include Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, and Beyonce.
They admit they are nervous about performing songs done by some of the greatest artists ever and they consider it a challenge. They will also perform many of their own hit songs that their fans have grown to love. Songs they will perform from their hit catalog include “ Roses”, Don’t Let Me Down”, and Closer”.
They will perform “Thriller”, by Michael Jackson. They perform the song every year at Halloween so that should not be an issue.
In 2014, their single “Selfie” went top 20 in several countries. The Chainsmokers single “Roses” off their debut album Bouquet, released in 2015 hit the US Billboards 100. THe won a Grammy Award, at the 59th Grammys for another single “Don’t Let Me Down” also off that 2015 album Bouquet. Their other achievements include two American Music Awards and five IHeartRadio Music Awards.
The duo was formed after another member DJ Rhett Bixler left the group consisting of Alex Pall and himself. Around the time Drew Taggart met Alex Pall, he was interning at Interscope Records. Taggart was informed there was a spot open to joining the group by someone who knew the manager of Alex Paul. Taggart then left Maine and went to New York City to team up with Alex Paul; the rest is history. Asked about how the groups’ name came about during an interview on ABC’S Nightline, Paul said:“ he enjoyed smoking weed and so the choice was open”.