Alex Pall On The Inception Of The Chainsmokers

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.

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.

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The Chainsmoker’s “Sick Boy” Not Your Typical EDM

The Chainsmokers new 2018 single “Sick Boy” is the start of a new chapter for the popular EDM group. The DJ duo of Adam Pall and Andrew Taggart have been charting hit songs since 2015 with their breakout hit, “#Selfie”. Over the years their music has evolved from a higher emphasis in songwriting, to Taggart stepping out from the booth to provide lead vocals on songs. At present the duo is at the top of their game, with a large loyal following gathered around them. Perfect time to shake things up.

“Sick Boy” may sound like a typical EDM song, but beneath the catchy beat is serious subject matter. Departing from their lighter, frothier fare the message behind “Sick Boy” is the darkest they done. It is a scathing look at the negative effects of social media on society, specifically focused on today’s generation. It focuses on how people relate to one another, projecting often false versions of themselves that end up getting interpreted by other’s skewed view. The song is definitely new territory for the group, but their strong fan base is supporting them completely.

Pall and Taggart explained the decision to change their sound in a recent interview. For Taggart it came from frustration. The artist commented that after a while you become a caricature. People learn all about you from secondhand information, and you become something you are not. By changing things up you allow your definition to be up to you. Pall claimed it was all about staying relevant, maturing as an artist and finding your voice. Both men definitely put all the frustrations they bear with the 24-hour fame lifestyle and put it in this song.

Since they began a more hands-on approach with their writing, the duo has been connecting to their listeners with songs that speak directly to them. For Pall it is about reflected their generation through their music. “Sick Boy” does that but choose to focus on a darker aspect of that generation.

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