A Discussion with The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart

If you spend any amount of time listening to the radio, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard the song “Closer” by the Chainsmokers. However, what you might not know are the ways the Chainsmokers are unique from other bands, or that the duo that comprises the Chainsmokers have ambitions to evolve their genre in a way particular to them.

Because of the song’s immense popularity, “Closer” was the first time that many experienced the Chainsmokers. However, the band, made up of a duo of DJs, plans to continue the genre-twisting, interconnected musical style hinted at with their hit “Closer.” In an interview conducted by Interview Magazine, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart answered a number of questions about both their past and the direction they see their music and career going in the future.

When asked about the band’s “origin story,” Alex Pall responds by discussing his early life. Pall always had an interest in “DJing,” but it remained mostly a hobby until he suddenly hit the realization that DJing is what he wanted to spend his career doing. Not long after, he met Taggart through a mutual connection, and the two’s work started from there and never stopped. Andrew Taggart added a little bit, saying that he “loved electronic music before everyone else did,” talking about times where he was made fun of for his style and music preferences.

Of course, part of The Chainsmokers’ claim to uniqueness is their recent emphasis on singing on their own songs. This is unusual within many “DJ-bands,” so this aspect of the band separates them from the pack. In response, Pall talks about the pair’s time with the songwriters. He says that while the songwriters are a big help in the process, he and Taggart are still the heart and soul of the lyrics. In other words, The Chainsmokers are always performing music that’s true to who they are. The pair was also asked about Halsey, who played an enormous role in “Closer.” Both described their time as Halsey as extremely pleasant and described “Closer” as a song somewhat emblematic of the direction The Chainsmokers want to go in.

The interview takes some other interesting turns, including questions asking about The Chainsmokers “reach.” Apparently, the band’s fans stretch from the Philippines to South Africa, and there is little doubt that they will continue to grow as they experiment with other styles of music. The pair is doing great things right now, and there’s no telling how much better they can become.