As with most great stories, the Chainsmoker’s journey starts with humble beginnings. Alex Pall DJed around New York City as a hobby. DJing was work that he was highly passionate about. It consumed his life and eventually it lead to him quitting his job and focusing on it as his main source of income. Shortly after, he met his fellow bandmate, Andrew Taggart, who moved from Maine to LA to form the duo we know today.
Pall and Taggart clicked instantly, sharing the same vision and values. They both loved music and they both wanted to create their identities as artists. For them, this meant making music that reflected who they were and relating to their listeners on an emotional level. To achieve this they knew they had to find a way to stand out from all the other EDM groups out there. So, the two worked day and night to reach the success they now have.
Of course, this task wasn’t easy and they had plenty of obstacles. One particular challenge Pall spoke of was establishing who they were as artists, especially among so many similar sounding EDM artists. On top of that, electronic dance music generally isn’t emotionally revealing. This is because EDM usually consists of lyric-less music with heavy synths and catchy beats that are intended to get you to dance and not think. These things make it easy for artists to hide behind their music.
Hiding behind their music was not something Pall and Taggart wanted; so, it made sense to begin having more songs with emotionally charged lyrics and eventually singing some of their own songs. To ensure sure they stayed authentic, the duo constantly asked each other how they felt. They pushed each other to do and be more and this mindset was reflected in the evolution of their music, which has crossed over into other genres.
Pall stated that currently, the Chainsmokers are really excited about touring and they have no intentions of slowing down.