The Chainsmokers consists of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The duo have blossomed into success through their electronic music, one of the songs being “Closer,” featuring Halsey. Although they are both DJ’s, they want to be recognized as true artists that weave intimacy into dance songs that usually are not portrayed as so.
Alex Pall’s hobby and first love growing up was being a DJ. He was a DJ in New York as a side job, something he did for fun and because he was passionate about it. It was when he was playing a gig in an art gallery that he realized it was about time to start pursuing music full time. The manager he was working with at the time is still his manager to this day and introduced him to Andrew Taggart. The rest, as they say, is history.
Looking more closely at the duo, however, shows you how much dedication and love for their music there is. Alex was ambitious and driven, and really wanted to make a life out of playing music for the rest of his life. He got together with his partner everyday, like an actual job, 9-4, to gather ideas about their music and create essentially. It was not something that they talked about casually and decided to meet up later for, it was something they dedicated hard work to everyday. Alex is trying to write songs the represent him, something that he goes through in everyday life, something real. He does not want to succumb to making generic hits that mean nothing to him.
Alex Pall really wants to emphasize how important songwriting is for him. Many artists choose to have others write the songs for them, but he does not want to go down that route. Although there are other songwriters involved in the process for certain songs, Alex Pall makes sure he is a co-writer as well.
Alex Pall’s dedication, hard work, and passion for his music can be seen through the albums he has produced and the success it has accumulated. For Alex, loving what you’re doing and always striving to better yourself is ultimately what is important.