Alex Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart are the Chainsmokers, a DJ/Producer duo from New York that has been making a name for themselves in the world of music. They have become a crossover success, being played not only in the dance/electronic world, but also attaining mainstream attention with their music.
The Chainsmokers are always working on new songs and pushing the boundaries of their live show. They say they love to make music and have no plans to slow down, much less stop. They release many singles as free downloads in addition to their albums and EPs. Their most recent single, “Side Effects”, features regular collaborator and “one of our favorite people”, Emily Warren.
The song is a more upbeat tune that the more recent songs they’ve released. The Chainsmokers like to write songs that reflect what they’re feeling and experiencing at that time. This is effected by the season as well as their life events. In the drearier, colder months they tend to write more introspective, slower songs. But for the summer months they prefer to keep things upbeat, as is the case with “Side Effects.” They wanted to make a “summer banger,” and integrated some funk and disco aspects to the song to help it be more upbeat.
The Chainsmokers are always looking for a new direction or idea to form songs around. This philosophy of growing as recording artists also extends to their role as live performers. The two are almost always playing shows across the country, saying they really don’t have a preference on crowd size: A crowd of 200 that came to rage is a great show, as it a crowd of 20,000+. As long as the crowd has a good energy the Chainsmokers are going to have fun playing for them, regardless of the size of the crowd.
They also have moved from being two guys behind turntables to bringing elements of a live band to their shows. They especially enjoy performing with a drummer, but they say they want to explore other roles from traditional bands in their shows.