The dynamic duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the EDM-pop duo known as the Chainsmokers. The pair formed their musical partnership in 2012, and the producers turned singers have been unstoppable chart stoppers since that time. Pall is from New York, and he attended New York University where he majored in art history and music business. Taggart hails from Maine, and he attended Syracuse University before meeting Pall. Taggert’s passion for EDM grew after he traveled abroad to Argentina and he has been an EDM aficionado since the age of 15.
The Chainsmokers have a series of hits including “Paris,” “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay and “Closer” that stayed Number 1 on the charts for 12 weeks. Their chart-topping song “Don’t Let Me Down” launched the success of lead singer and newcomer, Daya, who became an overnight sensation. Their new single, “Sick Boy,” is a marked departure from their other songs; it is the first song they have released in nine months. “Sick Boy” reflects the beginning of a new music chapter for the duo. The Chainsmokers continue on their path to success by churning out music in the sweet spot between EDM and pop.
According to the duo, their music reflects and is relatable to their generation. People relate to their music based on their own experiences and the music The Chainsmokers produce, they believe, is based on their life experiences, what they have observed, and of course, the current political climate. Not resting on their laurels, The Chainsmokers continuously reinvent themselves. As they grow and mature as individuals and as artists, their music also grows and goes in different and unique directions.
As artists, The Chainsmokers make music they feel resonates with people, but they do not focus on producing hits. They are in control of their art, and they alone decide where they want their music to go in the future. According to the duo, they concentrate on doing better and make sure their music and their shows are dynamic and exciting. Fortunately, they work with a label that allows them to exercise their creativity and flex their musical muscle. Taggart and Pall in an interview shared that they continue to take risks and move outside of their comfort zone; they continue to “push the envelope.” In the final analysis, The Chainsmokers make music that feels good to them.