Alex Pall grew up with aspirations of becoming a DJ. Before moving to New York City he was already producing music before forming the electronic music duo known as The Chainsmokers. The duo is now ubiquitous on the radio with hits like “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”. More recently the other half of the duo Drew Taggart has begun singing on one of their songs for the first time.
While Alex was a busy working DJ in New York when he first began, it was still mostly a hobby than a career. As time went on and he became more popular he realized that electronic dance music was his future and decided to dedicate himself to it full time. After the second original member of The Chainsmokers left the duo his manager introduced him to Drew Taggart as a possible replacement.
They hit off immediately and very quickly Drew moved from his home in Maine to Alex’s apartment in the city. They spent months working on new music every day from 9 till 7 and building their brand and identity as musicians at the same time. There was a very complimentary aspect to their relationship that proved to be the key to success.
After finding significant radio and popular success creating traditional electronic music, music where other more traditional singer-songwriters would provide the vocals and the lyrics while they provided the beat and production, on their latest single they have begun writing and singing their own lyrics. Alex feels that The Chainsmokers have more to offer than the traditional DJ who only produces or mixes music and beats but rarely sings.
The Chainsmokers have continued to find enormous success with both their music and building an identity as artists that have grown beyond sitting behind a turntable. While many DJ’s are content to spin records and let others do the singing, they have strived to create a name for themselves as something more. With multiple around the world tours, hundreds of sold out concerts, and fans that span multiple generations and countries, it can be said that they have definitely achieved their goal.