The journey for aspiring artists can be a windy road. Sometimes, when synergies flow, individuals meet with common ideals that seem to take them to a new level.
Mathias Rosenzweig sat down with Alex Paul from the Chainsmokers in New York and captured that type of journey in an insightful interview that depicted the drive shared that lead to the success of the Chainsmokers.
Alex Paul and Andrew Taggart are two guys cut from the same cloth it seems. A pair of the same breed that have combined their talents to compose their latest track, “Closer”, to already past singles they have created. They create dance music that goes beyond just the peer synths and drops and add feeling plus emotion to their music. Their audience gets good dance music coupled with something the delves deeper than just the single layered beats and arrangements.
Alex Pall grew up being a DJ. What started out as a hobby that felt more like fun than work lead to passions that drove him to something bigger with the Chainsmokers. Dance music consumed his life at a time where his peers seemingly were not choosing dance as their main flavor. Keeping with what he loved lead to where he is today. Eventually quitting his job and moving to Maine to get it started.
One of the original Chainsmokers left opening up a spot that lead to the magic of this duo to be able to combine. The two clicked right off the bat and worked daily making music that created their unique personality. With their latest songs they have started stepping out more from the dance music that seems to be saturated out there today and within their own music. Deciding to step out of the norm and muddying the waters with a more personal tempo, they have created a distinct tone seen in their latest song, “Closer”.
Having traveled the world, Alex Pall says adding new elements to their show and moving forward with fresh ideas will guide them in the years to come. With what we’ve seen so far we can look forward to more great music from this creative duo.
Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart know exactly how cut throat the music industry is. As The Chainsmokers, they have multiple number one hits under their belt, and have the right to claim that they are successful in the music industry. The Chainsmokers have innovated their sound and tweaked their shows along the way, maintaining momentum and gaining new fans every day.
One of their biggest songs of all time, “Closer,” was released in 2016 to critical praise. This song was very different from past efforts; Andrew Taggart stepped out from behind the production keyboard for the first time ever and provided the vocals for a Chainsmokers song.
You see, The Chainsmokers are a production duo, typically relying on guest artists to provide the vocals to their music. After realizing how awkward their live show is, having the guest vocalist emanating from a speaker box, they made the decision to put Andrew Taggart behind the microphone. This not only improves the live show, but it also provides The Chainsmokers with a front-man to become the poster boy of the band. With Andrew Taggart on vocals The Chainsmokers are much better off.
Shortly after the release of their song, The Chainsmokers stopped by Interview Magazine to answer questions and clear the air.
One of the first topics the interviewer approached Alex Pall with was the question of how the duo met. Alex explained to the interviewer that his manager introduced him to Taggart. Taggart was still attending college, but he drove straight from Maine to New York City to meet his future business partner.
Taggart was sure to be glad he made that long drive. Just a few months after they met, The Chainsmokers became an international sensation, blasting from the cars of teenagers and young adults alike.
The Chainsmokers know exactly who listen to their music thanks to Instagram. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are able to speak with and interact with fans in ways that artists of the past were not able to. Pall even said that he has discovered fans in countries like South Africa. The popularity of The Chainsmokers have transcended borders; The Chainsmokers have actually taken the entire world by storm.
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