Just recently, the Chainsmokers published their highly awaited fresh track “Closer,” featuring the star of the time, Halsey. Compared to their previous singles—especially “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses”—the upcoming radio banger highlights Andrew Taggart’s (a part of the duo along with Alex Pall) vocals.
While an artist who has vocal in their own single can seem clear, it is rather transformative for the two and their DJ equals, who generally depend on vocalists and songwriters to integrate that human style to their masterfully constructed electronic numbers.
The band’s incursion into personalizing their type of dance music runs hand in hand with their motivation to become honored as true artists with feelings and thoughts instead of faceless beat crafters with a DJ booth between them.
Although artists such as deadmau5 keep themselves obstructed with thick synths and earthshattering bass drops, Taggart and Pall are striving to uncover themselves more and more with each passing day, incorporating intimacy into a type of music that is often too sterile and devoid of emotion with the exclusion of drug-like euphoria.
We conversed to the pair regarding establishing their brand, the fresh track, and how they are going to transform as their audience increases.
We started off by asking, when did you both begin working together?
When Alex Pall was growing up, he was a DJ. It was sort of a hobby of his, he mentioned. He was DJing all over New York City and had a small career starting, but it was supposed to just be side work. This was something he was extremely passionate about.
It was scary for him to be in the city going after something that felt more like a hobby than a job, and one time—he was at a gallery for a moment—and he discovered how dance music was absorbing his life, and he wanted to really give it the shot it deserved.
He was doing work with the same manager now during that period. He introduced us. So we got together and just started immediately working. He relocated from Maine. Pall quit his job and that is what started it all.