Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard one of The Chainsmokers’ hit songs. In fact, their song “Closer,” featuring artist of the moment Halsey, is now the longest-running number one dance hit of all time. The group, comprised of friends Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, have changed the way listeners look at DJ groups. They sing their own songs, write their own lyrics, and are working to weave intimacy into a genre too often focused on just beats. A recent interview with Paul reveals the secrets to their success.
Pall was DJing as a side job when his manager introduced him to Taggert. The two immediately began working together, with Pall deciding to focus on music full time. He states that he knew the group would work from the beginning because both he and Taggart were incredibly driven and observant. They played to each other’s strengths and constantly discussed the bigger concepts behind their art, leading to the cohesive sound we hear today.
From early on, the duo took a “why not” approach to singing their own songs. Most DJs aren’t writing their own lyrics, but Pall states that The Chainsmokers’ songs are about their lives. They’re constantly inspired by their fan base, which they’re able to connect with because of social media. They pour that inspiration into their live shows, which Pall describes as “an entirely curated show” not unlike a festival. The production value is always high, which keeps fans coming back for more.
In light of the group’s success, Pall says he’s not resting on his laurels. He acknowledges that when DJs take long breaks, they sometimes struggle to come back the same. This is why he and Taggart constantly push to create new content.
He seeks to continue to be on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and providing his audience with new experiences.
One thing is for sure – whatever the duo comes up with next, they will have an eager audience ready to hear it.