Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, as The Chainsmokers, took the music world by storm in 2014. Their first big hit came in the form of “#Selfie.” This song was followed by a variety of other loose singles that went on to top the charts. Songs such as “Paris” and “Closer” were made by Pall and Taggart.
The musical duo conducted an interview with Interview Magazine recently and discussed a large range of topics. Topics included the future of the group, changes they will make going forward, and singer Halsey. They also told the interviewer about how they met – their origin story. The interview was conducted almost directly after the release of “Closer,” one of their smash hits.
Alex Pall began the interview saying: “I was a DJ growing up.” He explained that it had always been a hobby, but it wasn’t until later his his life, while in an art gallery, that he discovered that music was consuming his life. He wanted to give music a real shot, but recently departed on by his musical partner, he needed a new partner. His manager introduced him to Andrew Taggart.
At this time, Taggart was attending the University of Maine and DJing on the side. In fact, both he and Pall were both DJing prior to meeting each other. Taggart was also interning and Interscope, and it was through this job that Taggart met the connection that introduced him to Alex Pall.
“Closer” was a game changer for The Chainsmokers. It led to Andrew Taggart becoming the front man and lead singer of the group. This made it possible for not only their records to positively grow but their live show as well. Alongside Halsey, Andrew Taggart performs a heartfelt duet on “Closer.”
Alex Pall mentioned Halsey quite frequently in the interview.
“She’s incredible,” Pall said. Pall praised both Halsey and Andrew Taggart for their singing on “Closer.”
Another topic of the interview was Instagram and how it enables The Chainsmokers to see their audience react. As far as demographics go, Pall said he mostly sees people between the ages of 16 and 25 listening to his music.