The Chainsmokers are an American duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, formed in 2012. They have one album under their name, as well as many successful and popular singles that blend together multiple genres, from indie, pop and dance music to hip-hop and EDM, which gives them a unique sound. Pall, age 33, acts as the duo’s DJ, while Taggart, age 28, is the producer.
Alex Pall started out as a DJ while he was growing up, trying to make a name for himself in the New York City scene, but according to him, DJing was more of a hobby and a side work than a serious career. Being really passionate about dance music, he was introduced to Andrew Taggart by their common manager, and decided to take music more seriously, both sharing an interest in electronic music. Shortly after meeting each other and realizing they have common interests and ambitions, they began doing intense work to shape up their sound and identity.
The Duo enjoyed success with their breakthrough single ‘#Selfie’ in 2014, and has constantly been releasing material to the public. Their 2017 album, ‘Memories…Do Not Open’ debuted number at one in the United States and has been certified with Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In support of the album, they toured extensively in 2017, playing a total of 71 shows from April to October of that year, in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. According to them, some acts that have influenced their sound are Blink-182, Explosions in the Sky and The xx.
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Pall noted that, even though their key demographic is 16 to 25, their music transcends age, and he enjoys the fact that listeners are making an emotional connection to their songs. Currently they are working on a future album, and he pointed out that, at this time in their careers it is more imperative that their next album is a cohesive body of work, as opposed to a simple collection of 10 to 12 songs that will make the album feel disjointed due to the material not blending together.