Formed in 2012 by Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, The Chainsmokers is an American EDM duo that achieved great success after the release of their breakthrough single ‘#Selfie’. In April of 2017, they released their first album ‘Memories…Do Not Open’ which became a big success in the United States, debuting at number one and being certified platinum by August the same year. In support of the album, the band played 71 tour dates worldwide.
Besides their successful ‘Memories…Do Not Open’, the duo also released a large number of singles, and 2 EPs that were certified with Gold and Platinum respectively. They cited acts like Linkin Park, deadmau5, and Explosions In The Sky as influences, and described their music as a blend of multiple genres, combining hip-hop, indie, pop music and dance. They also collaborated with several artists along the years, including Halsey, Emily Warren, and Great Good Fine Ok.
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— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) July 30, 2018
Alex Pall, age 33, is the duo’s DJ. He notes that DJing has been a long standing passion of his, having tried to make a career for himself in New York, but considered DJing to be only a hobby before starting The Chainsmokers. Andrew Taggart, age 28, is the duo’s producer and writer, as well as their vocalist, being attracted to the EDM genre since he was 15 years old.
Pall mentioned that despite considering DJing to be only a hobby, he decided he wanted to give his career a proper shot, which is when his manager, Adam Alpert introduced him to Andrew Taggart, another one of his clients. Upon realizing that they both share similar musical interest and that they are both driven and ambitious about making the project work, Pall quit his day job, and Taggart moved from Maine to New York. He mentioned that early on they focused on shaping up their sound and their identity, and worked hard in order to develop as artists. Pall noted that even today they still pay a lot of attention on experimenting, because due to their level of success it is imperative to keep the fans interested and engaged, which means they have to constantly try new things.