A strong bond between Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have led the Chainsmokers to a place they never thought that they would make it to in such a short amount of time, to the top of the charts where they have remained for quite some time. The one thing that everyone can agree on is, that the Chainsmokers know what they are doing when it comes to music.
With the help of social media, Andrew and Alex Pall are able to keep up with the people who are liking their music. It has allowed them to see what age bracket listens to their music the most and to see things from fans that they might not have been able to see otherwise. For instance, a woman uploaded a video of her daugter singing one of their songs. If it had not been for them using things like Instagram or even Facebook, they would have not been able to experience that.
With each new audience member attending thier shows, it has made it so that Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have to find new and exciting ways to improve their live performances. When they first started out on their #Selfie tour, they traveled around the world. Since then, the pair have been able to travel around the world a number of times. For them, as much as their audience doesnt want to see the same show, neither do they. For them, they want to make the show as new and exciting for their fans as the fans want them to do.
For the Chainsmokers, they have always had some kind of performance element within their shows but in the more recent times, they have changed over to allow for Andrew to start singing. Before then, most of their music was done by electronics and since then, they have added to the show by bringing Drew to the front with songs like “Closer” being released.
Who would have guessed that by spending time doing something that they love, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart would be sitting on top of the world. Alex was spending time doing something that he simply enjoyed which led him to meeting Alex and becoming what they are right now. They simply took something that they were passionate about and turned it into more than just a hobby. They turned it into their own form of art.
Their audience won’t know about the times when the greatest dilemma during international travel was how to get someone to take a photo for you. But the growing fan-base of The Chainsmokers will know to dress in clothing easy to remove and why carry-on luggage prices have increased above the larger to-check type. Things have gotten darker everywhere you turn. And as this relatively new mastermind DJ-Duo recently discovered, breaking out is hard to do.
Though a different two kicked it off back in 2012 enjoying such explosive sounds as “#Selfie,” “Erase,” “The Rookie,” and performing the opening act for “Timeflies” at Terminal5 in New York, today’s sounds of The Chainsmokers are engineered by veteran Alex Pall and replacement fit Andrew Taggert. They’re riding the ever undulating wave of EDM with no signs of dimming. But as they adjust to the concept of presenting music that appeals to a set crowd, they did experience the need to test the waters with their recent acclaimed, nusical interpretation “Sick Boy.” With a host of interesting sounds in between, if you decide to check them out, you’d better set aside a nice piece of time because you could get lost riding their waves.
By all reviews and even self-admission, “Sick Boy” rattled out significantly darker measures in every aspect of the score. Alex Pall offers an explanation. ‘We play the music that visits our hearts and minds. We hope that it visits the hearts and minds of our increasing fan-base, as well.’ He reflects outloud, ‘It’s a continual aim nowadays because evrerybody’s got their own channel to display. You know, because of the internet and how people do business and earn money. But so, like, when you have many parts to you, how do you decide what belongs or what doesn’t belong on your channel? And will your audience dig the next new thing you offer? So, yeah, that’s how it is.’
Taggert appreciates the complexity of his musical partner, sincere practicality mixed in with artistic ‘nebulence,’ if you will. There’s night. And there’s day. But they’ve never been mutually exclusive. If you can handle the blend, you’re on to something. In the end, you just want something that people will remember forever. Dare to be different. Even different than yourself as people have come to expect you. Sometimes an underscore can be a misnomer, so to speak.