The Chainsmokers’ Meteoric Rise to the Top

The American duo The Chainsmokers has now tied Demon Days for the third most non-consecutive turns on the Billboard Dance/Electronic charts. Their debut album, Memories… Do Not Open has racked up 34 turns on the chart, matching the Gorillaz’ well-known 2005 album. The group’s members, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert, came on the scene in 2012, after Pall had a false start with another partner. Pall had studied at NYU and Taggert at Syracuse, and the two met through an associate of Pall’s manager, who told Taggert that Pall was looking for a DJ to replace his former bandmate. Their rise to fame was swift. The two DJs quickly began making live appearances, and in 2015 the pair had a string of well-received singles, including Roses, a multi-platinum hit in several countries. Another top 5 single Don’t Let me Down won Pall and Taggert a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The duo were rising stars, having been named 18th in a ranking of the top 100 DJs by DJ Magazine. The Chainsmokers’ 2017 single Paris made a huge splash, with more than 270 streams on the online streaming service Spotify so far. Their sudden success has led to an residency…

Alex Pall on The Chainsmokers New Direction

The popular music scene has evolved greatly in recent years, with hit songs now often based more on an aural electronic feel rather than based around a major singer’s voice. Yet even as innovative DJ’s have taken over much of the music scene, things do keep evolving and circling back again to where they started. Case in point is the new single from The Chainsmokers, “Closer,” which features the vocals of music star Halsey, along with vocals from one half of the duo, Alex Pall. Both Pall and bandmate Andrew Taggart were involved in the writing and creation of the new song, which marks a departure for the band. Pall and Taggart got together after one of the original members left the band, and they took the synth electronic band’s music to new levels together. Today, their shows sell out months in advance, and they tour constantly, always keeping in touch with the hottest sounds out there, while trying to stay ahead of the sound as well. White Middle Class Guys In the past, Pall and Taggart created an epic aural sound by sampling and adding their own synth sounds, to create an electronica feeling that is often dreamy. Both…