The Chainsmokers didn’t always consist of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. As explained by Taggart himself in an interview, Pall’s manager contacted him saying that an opening in a band has opened up and Taggart should contact the remaining member of the band.
“We just literally met and the next day started grinding every day in his apartment until we hit our stride,” Taggart explained. “We hit our stride, and four years later, here we are.”
Taggart drove from Maine to New York City to meet this person. It was Alex Pall, his future business partner.
Alex Pall was a DJ, working around the New York area. He considered it a hobby for a long time, but eventually realized that music was the biggest thing in his life. He wanted to make a career out of his hobby, and soon after, he was was introduced to Andrew Taggart.
Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall were able to work so cohesively as a duo because they first discussed exactly what they intended to do with their careers. They also discussed their musical inspirations, the music they listened to growing up, and the music that was currently popular. With these conversations, they were able to create their own unique sound – a sound that has been evolving as time passes.
Each one of The Chainsmokers songs are different enough from everything else that is currently out to make it stand out. Prior to the release of “Closer,” neither of the members of the group had ever sang on their song, yet it is very easy to distinguish a Chainsmokers song from whoever else is currently on the radio.
The group began making typical dance music, primarily in the EDM sub-genre, but now their sound is more cheerful. “Closer” features Halsey and Andrew Taggart exchanging verses in the perspective of two people in love.
Other hit songs from The Chainsmokers include “Paris,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “#Selfie.”