The Chainsmokers, made up of DJ duo, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert have been making electronic dance music (EDM) since their 2014 dance-tune, “#Selfie.” They won a Grammy Award in 2015 for Best Dance Recording for their EP “Bouquet,” and worked with popular singer Halsey on their recorder “Closer” a #1 chart topper.
The duo typically relies on guest vocalists but lately have begun singing some of their own songs and weaving more intimacy into the EDM, which is still considered to be a rather sterile musical format.
Alex Pall starting DJing and ended up being consumed by dance music—at that point, he quit his job, and along with Taggart—moved forward to re-event EDM. (See: Pall on Interview Magazine: The Chainsmokers)
Pall and Taggert were both ambitious; they began working on their music daily like they would a 9 to 5 job. Pall found that people began relating to their form of EDM in a new, deeper way and began putting more of their own personal experiences into their tunes, making the music intrinsically their own.
As the music became more sophisticated, Pall realized the music he urged to play, transcended dance music. The result was the musical fusion, of pop, dance and hip-hop with a bit of indie music added for good measure.
Writing from Experience:
EDM isn’t known for its’ thought-provoking lyrics, but this is exactly where Pall wanted to see the music go. Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall set out to write songs that were thought-provoking and relatable.
Today, Pall finds that their audience transcends age; expanding outside the 16-25 demographic usually found with EDM music. As Pall and Taggart have updated their sound, they’ve gained new audiences that have a personal connection to their music.
As their audience has changed, the live shows have also changed, they push themselves further and have enhanced their own performances and production value. Pall and Taggart have increased their personal song writing skills and have become tune-smiths for their own songs.