Pall and Taggart Talk the Future in 2016 Chainsmokers Interview

The Chainsmokers chart-topper from 2016, “Closer” has just become a mega-hit. The single achieved diamond certifications a few months ago. For those not in the biz, this means the single sold over ten million copies. A very big achievement for artists who have only been around for four years. “Closer” was indeed a game changer. Done in collaboration with then-newcomer Halsey. the song not only launched her careers but solidified the Chainsmokers as artists. The duo talked about it in length during an interview conducted after “Closer” released.

“People connect to our music on a very deep level,” Pall stated, “And we want that to happen more, a lot more.” The interview conducted by Mathias Rosenzweig of Interview Magazine really cut to the quick of who the Chainsmokers were trying to be. This is interesting because “Closer” allowed them to become who they wanted to be. The song, written by Taggart, was performed by Taggart and Halsey. It broke ground as the Chainsmokers at the time were considered EDM, and EDM does not write or sing its own music. Pall and Taggart did not want to be EDM, they wanted to be legitimate artists. When asked why they decided to personalize their music Pall answered, “why not?” According to him, no one else was doing it.

“Not one of these DJs write their own lyrics,” Pall said, “We work with the songwriters and write the songs as well so they are about us.” This personal connection is all the duo is known for now. Each new release a perfect reflection of how they feel and where they are at. “Closer” was a groundbreaker in many ways. It is obvious from the interview that both Pall and Taggart felt it as well. According to Taggart, they did not want to become parodies of themselves, and the did not want to be one of a dozen remakes of the same song. They certainly are not.

One other thing that Pall commented in on is how they wanted their music to be a body of work. Each song connected with the other, and none of them serving as a mindless dance song. “Closer” was not just a dance song and the songs that have come after held the same standard.

The Chainsmokers Discuss “Closer”, Beginnings and the Nature of Change

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.”