In the immediate aftermath of the release of their hit track “Closer”, featuring New Jersey pop singer Halsey, Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers, along with his co-artist Andrew Taggart, sat down with Interview Magazine for a wide-ranging conversation that covered the desire for artistic recognition, the group’s beginnings, the role of social media in the promotion of their music, and how the new track denoted a change in formula for the duo.
The Chainsmokers formed in 2012 and spawned their first hit two years later with the Internet darling “#Selfie”. Their first full-length project was the EP Bouquet, which featured top-ten hit “Roses” (featuring Rozes – of course), while their first top-five single, “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring singer Daya, features in their follow-up EP Collage.
In the interview, Pall discussed meeting Taggart as an up-and-coming New York DJ after deciding to pursue music full-time. “I was working with our same manager now at that time, and then he introduced me to Drew. So we met and just immediately started working,” Pall said. He would go on to point out that beyond their shared taste in music, their common drive to push artistic boundaries and self discover was critical to the success of the duo.
Pall also discussed how social media has unveiled to the duo the diversity in age and nationality of their fan base, using his own mother – a big fan of “Roses” – as an example. “We make music for ourselves,” Pall said, “and it’s really exciting that everyone else is enjoying it enough that they find some emotional connection to it.”
Finally, the DJ touched on touring, and how the changing nature of their singles meant their live shows would organically change, declaring, “it’s all about being on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and giving people new experiences.”