Subsequent to the release of their new single “Closer“, Mathias Rosenzweig decided to sit down with the duo that forms the Chainsmokers. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the two DJ’s behind the sound of the Chainsmokers, wanted to discuss their new single and the identity that they are attempting to build for themselves. This establishing identity is very different to many of the identities that currently exist in the EDM scene due to the fact that the group would like to be more intimate and open with their fans; such intimacy commonly does not exist among EDM artists and their fans. Mathis, Alex, and Andrew discussed how the group will continue to grow and change as their audience follows suit.
— Alex Pall (@AlexPallNY) May 11, 2018
Alex Pall, the voice from the Chainsmokers that is not heard on “Closer”, began working with Andrew Taggart after doing DJ work in New York City with the duo’s current manager. Though DJing was originally just a hobby for Alex, once Andrew moved from Maine, he decided to quit his job and pursue his hobby full-time.
Though the Chainsmokers originally started with Alex and another member, the second member of the duo was later replaced by Andrew. The two instantly clicked and developed an ear for music and a work ethic that was nearly unrivaled. The two worked together almost all day, every day, on their music. Over the years, the two aimed to distinguish themselves from other artists and developed music that was a fusion between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip-hop.
Though the two, like other artists in the industry, have songwriters work with them, they pride themselves on writing their own music at times. What differs in their work with songwriters is that they help guide the songwriters as the song is being written, giving them input about the song and what they would like to talk about. The songs that both Alex and Andrew want to release is aimed at representing their own lives and reflecting the world around them. The two strive to meet the goal despite their label’s push for them to just release albums.