On the heels of releasing their new track “Closer” featuring Halsey, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert of the Chainsmokers sat down with Mathias Rosenzweig to talk about pushing new boundaries and growing as artists. Pall and Taggert first connected when Alex Pall’s manager introduced the two. The pair immediately clicked and have been making music ever since. When they first began working together, the pair focused on creating their identity as artists and over time they have come to share many of the same core values. With the release of “Closer”, The Chainsmokers have pushed the boundaries of DJ music by adding a very simple thing, the voice of Andrew Taggert to the track.
Though it may seem like nothing extraordinary, it is unusual for DJs to use their own voices on their tracks. When asked about their decision to have Taggert sing on the track, Pall replied “Well, why not?” The song was actually written by Andrew and a friend while on The Chainsmokers’ tour bus. It is a move towards The Chainsmokers forging their own identity and standing out as artists. The release of “Closer” also means that The Chainsmokers will have to alter their live shows to accommodate this change in their style. Though change, Pall stated, is nothing new to them. The pair is constantly pushing themselves to make their live shows better, and more exciting.
With the advent of social media it has become easier for artists to see who their music connects with, and The Chainsmokers are no exception. Pall stated that thanks to Instagram he has been able to see just how far their music has traveled. From the Philippines to South Africa, they had been bridging age groups and cultures with their music and that has been an incredible thing for both Pall and Taggert. Pall stated, “We make music for ourselves, and it’s really exciting that everyone else is enjoying it enough that they find some emotional connection to it.”