Alex Pall Discusses his Band in Interview

The late Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, and recently, The Chainsmokers added their names to the long plethora of musical acts to be featured in the magazine. In the interview, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart discussed their origins and the future of their band.

The Chainsmokers came to fruition in 2012; however, Drew Taggart didn’t join until 2014. That’s when the group found their lane, releasing “#Selfie” and taking airwaves by storm. Four years since their first single The Chainsmokers haven’t lost their momentum.

Alex Pall began the interview explaining where he came from. “I was a DJ growing up,” Pall said. He was originally DJing around the New York Area, when in a single moment, he discovered that music was consuming his life. He decided to take his DJing serious and linked up with Drew Taggart.

Taggart was a student in Maine, but he also had connections with Interscope Records. This is how he was introduced to Pall. Once the two linked up, as a result of incredible chemistry, they began making music together. In fact, in the interview they expressed that they are months ahead of release schedule. Although they have only one album out, they may have plans made already for multiple projects.

The Chainsmokers charted several times; however, they didn’t reach true mainstream stardom until the release of “Closer.” The song features singer Halsey, and it recently went diamond. Released in 2016, it took the song almost 2 years to the day to achieve 10 million copies sold.

“She’s incredible,” Alex Pall said in reference to Halsey, who is a featured vocalist on “Closer.” The song not only shot The Chainsmokers into international fame, it did the same for Halsey.

Another topic of the interview was their fanbase. Pall explained that their age demographics are typical. People between the ages of 16 to 25 are their target audience; however, surprisingly, their demographics are almost evenly split between male and female. Pall also talked about how social media enabled them to see exactly who their fans are and where they are from.

 

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Moving Forward with the Chainsmokers

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.

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