You’re probably no stranger to the bubbly pop melodies produced by The Chainsmokers, an iconic DJ duo that has been taking over the EDM scene since 2014. The Chainsmokers offer a unique sound in the world of EDM and dance music, as evidenced by the human elements they demonstrate in their music. In a conversation with Interview Magazine, the band discussed the success from their track “Closer,” a song that features vocals from Halsey. Here we got to know a little bit more about Alex Pall, one half of the group.
Alex Pall has been DJing for most of his life. Although being a DJ was a somewhat lucrative side gig for Alex, he decided to leave his job at an art gallery and dive into his passion full-time with the help of his manager, Adam Alpert. Initially, Pall attempted to form The Chainsmokers with another DJ named Rhett Bixler, but Bixler left and Andrew Taggart took his place. Alex and Andrew would work tirelessly on producing music after meeting, utilizing Taggart’s producer skills and Pall’s incredible knack for booking gigs and marketing. Their goal in the music industry was not to make trendy pop songs that sounded similar to everything else; they wanted to build a strong identity in their music, and create something that people could relate to. One of the things Pall prides his band on is the fact that they write their own lyrics and collaborate with other vocalists. He strives to break out of the conventional DJ archetype and create something that blurs the lines of dance music. Working with strong vocalists such as Halsey is something that Pall strives to do, and believes this is something that has aided in developing their incredibly diverse fan base.
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Pall strives to create musical experiences that are interactive for his fans, as evidenced in the video for the song “#Selfie.” Every performance should seem new and innovative. Alex Pall is committed to pushing the boundaries of his music, and giving his fans new experiences. This type of energy and commitment is something that sets Alex Pall and The Chainsmokers a cut above the rest.