The Chainsmokers started, out of all possible starts, by Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart quitting their jobs. It only took four years for the duo to become a breakout band, and they are now very successful. The key to their success? To never make the same song, and to throw themselves into their work in a way that most mainstream DJs don’t.
Alex Pall sings on their recent song “Closer”, as part of a duet with alternative artist Halsey. Pall was ecstatic to work with Halsey on this song, as Halsey is unapologetically herself, similar to Pall and the Chainsmokers. In singing on “Closer” as well as producing it and co-writing it, Pall broke the formula wherein singers and producers don’t have much of an attachment to their own music beyond providing the vocals.
“Closer” is thematically about a hookup with an ex-girlfriend where the singer realizes that they know everything about the person and that it doesn’t seem like the hookup will work out very well. The thing about this song, as well as other songs that have been written and produced by the Chainsmokers, is that while it’s universal, it’s unique. The Chainsmokers refuse to limit themselves to just one genre and refuse to stick themselves in boxes.
When describing his job as an artist, Pall says that it’s ultimately a journey of self-discovery – especially in the way that he has formatted his career. Pall and Taggart have always observed what is going on around them, and work to stay true to their values while staying current and updating their music with modern culture in mind. Pall describes his journey as a musical artist as shaping his own identity and says that he wants his listeners to relate to his music on a deeper level.
Pall hopes to continue capturing the attention of his listeners, who mostly come from the 16 to 25-year-old demographic and are all over the world, including the Philippines and South Africa. They ensure to make their music captivating to everyone, including kids and those over thirty. And if they keep on going like they currently are, they’ll have no problem.