Category Archives: Electronic Dance Music

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart and the Chainsmokers

Before the chainsmokers hit it off big, Alex Pall was just a regular guy with a hobby he loved. He worked a typical job but had a love for DJing. Djing didn’t feel like a job to him, so it was scary for him to think of it as a job. One day, in an art gallery, Alex Pall decided that he wanted to pursue DJing and give it a real shot. His manager at the time, who is his former manager, introduced him to Andrew. They started working immediately.

Andrew Taggart was also just a regular guy before hitting it big with the chainsmokers. He was just another college student with a love for electronic music and an interest in DJing. He started watching DJs from New York hit it off big and it inspired him. He got into creating music and production, and he finally produced a couple of songs. He put his songs on SoundCloud and he played in a couple of shows. Even though he only played in a couple of songs it inspired him to keep going. He planned on moving to Los Angeles, California after college to pursue DJing. But one day someone that worked for his now Band members manager, told him that a duo called the Chainsmokers that played in many shows was looking for another member. Alex hopped on a bus and headed for New York.

The chainsmokers now have some very successful hits called “Roses” and “Don’t let me down.” But one of their biggest hits yet is their hit named “Closer” in which they paired up with the incredible, Halsey. In creating their new music, they wanted to expand their audience, and “Closer” ended up being one of their most popular hits yet.

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Alex Pall, Giving EDM and The Chainsmokers a Personal Touch

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.

 

In the future, there’s no telling what we can expect to see from the Chainsmokers as they continue to elevate their craft. See This Page to learn more.