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.
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.
Alex Pall Backstory
Alex Pall was a DJ during his youth. As his hobby, he would go around New York City being a DJ, earning cash, but more of a passionate side job for him. He talked about how it’s scary being in the city working towards something that you enjoy and doesn’t really feel like work. One day while he was in an art gallery he realized that the music was taking up much of his time and he was ready to commit to it. Alex was already working with the manager they currently have, and he manager introduced Alex and Drew. They stared working together immediately, with Drew moving down from Maine and Alex quitting his regular job. They just took the chance.
Andrew Taggart Backstory
Andrew was in college before the band hooked up. He already had an interest in electronic music and he was kind of on his own wave. Getting picked on for his appreciation of that music style. By the time he left, electronic music was starting to become really popular. He was always into the production side of music. He had a couple songs on SoundCloud and performed at a couple of shows and that was enough to keep him hopeful. He was aware that there were DJs out there making a career out of it. He had an internship at Interscope and was just planning to move to LA to try life as a full time DJ when he wound up hearing about an opening in the Chainsmokers band. He went to meet Alex, and everything instantly fell into place. They worked every day in Alex’s apartment until they got where they needed to be.
They knew the union would work because they understood what each other had to offer to the group. They were both passionate about the music and extremely driven. They knew the industry really well and what was working and what wasn’t. It was the perfect fit. They were there committed to working together and pushing each other. They are constantly working on the growth of the group as people and the way they present their music.
Alex Pall is a young man who grew up in the New York music scene filling his way through life. He started on the path of a local DJ but had a passion for more and was wise enough to pursue it. After he connected with Andrew Taggart in 2012, The Chainsmokers was reformed as artists of dance music but they quickly realized that they don’t want to stay in one genre. Their love of music combined will have blended sounds of hip hop, indie, electric, pop and more for their fans and viewing audience. With their unique spin on the music industry, Alex and Andrew have been topping the music charts for a long time!
Alex Pall was raised by his mother who was a housewife and father who is an art dealer in Westchester County, New York. It is no surprise for him to be found in the art galleries from time to time, even when he first met Andrew Taggart. The group was originated with Alex and DJ Rhett Bixler, before his manager introduce him to Andrew. Adam Alpert, his manager and the band’s current manager, introduced them at an art gallery and the duo have been together as The Chainsmokers.
Alex has already made a name for himself in the romance world with a cheating scandal that recently came about this year. His current girlfriend at the time, Tori Woodard, was probably one of the few women to live out one of their songs which wasn’t taken seriously by Alex! “Don’t Let Me Down” was it exactly what Alex did to Tori by allegedly cheating on her. She actually released footage to prove his cheating capabilities and wanted to make sure she warned other women to be aware and observant. This came about in January but in March he was seen with a new girlfriend, Katelyn Byrd. I’m not sure if he moves fast or if he learned his lesson or not but as many people say “Life Goes On! “
This dynamic duo has put out so many hits that we know that their career is going to last a very long time. Millennials as well as middle age music lovers have all tuned in and paid attention to the path that The Chainsmokers are on in this industry. I look forward to more of what they have to offer us in the near future.