Interview Magazine conducted an interview with Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of the Chainsmokers. This music duo powerhouse discusses their humble beginnings, their work ethic, and their dedication to creating music that will continue to connect with an ever-growing audience.
Starting out as DJ’s, they have evolved into developing music that has become more personal for them and their audience. While most of the music in the dance genre tends to be focused on producing hard beats geared toward young club-goers or rave fans, The Chainsmokers have made great strides in offering their audience music that appeals to those who also enjoys pop music, indie, and hip-hop. In order to stand apart from the crowd, they began writing lyrics that merely reflected their own experiences in life.
The pair met in New York City. Pall explains initially, he was doing a number of gigs DJ’ing and he also had experience with social media, whereas Andrew’s main talent was producing. After they met, they immediately began working together and doing so for long hours. Their dedication to creating has allowed them to be almost two years ahead. The songs we are just now listening to, are songs they wrote over a year ago.
The song “Closer” features Halsey and Andrew Taggart singing. Pall indicates his enthusiasm working with Halsey, describing her as incredible. He also shares his appreciation for her voice and unique style. The inclusion of Taggart singing is just one of many steps initiated by this duo to continue their unique style, while still garnering the interest of a wide audience.
Pall uses social media to connect with fans and learn more about who they are. He’s learned that the audience has grown from a youthful college crowd to an even younger crowd and now also includes older people. There is an excitement in developing music that appeals across so many different identities.
The chainsmokers have only been around for about three years, but they have received several different rewards and millions of loyal fans in the short amount of time. They have always created music that relates to what people go through in their everyday lives such as romance and broken hearts, but they have decided to change it up a little, and their new music has a darker feel to it. They wanted to bring something new to the table in hopes that people could relate their new music.
Their new song “Sick Boy” was inspired by the darkness of this generation, and some of the struggles people go through. They created the song through their anger in what they were dealing with in their fame. People see Alex and Andrew through who others say they are, and through what they see. Their next album is different and their next couple of songs will have a darker vibe than their past hits. Sick Boy takes you through many of the struggles through this generation such as anxiety and self identity. It also goes through the struggles of everyone relating to others on social media. It is an empowering song about staying true to yourself and doing your own thing in a generation full of so much negativity and judgement.
The Chainsmokers have had hits that have been in the top music charts for weeks. They have also worked with many great artists such as Daya, Halsey, and coldplay. Their top hits include “roses” “something just like this” “paris” “Don’t let me down” and “closer.” Closer was number one on the chart for thirteen weeks. They are hoping to reach a wider variety of fans with their new music, and they’re hoping that their fans can relate to their darker music
Sergio Cortés is known by many for his incredible impersonation of singer Michael Jackson. His skill and ability over the years has made thousands of his fans happy all around the world. He is considered one of the best Michael Jackson impersonators today, and his story has very interesting beginnings.
As a youngster, Sergio used to love watching videos of famous performers. In particular, he loved the incredible abilities of Michael Jackson, the lead singer of the famous group the Jackson 5. Sergio’s love for Michael Jackson became an obsession. For hours upon hours, he would watch his favorite performer knew his act, and had dozens of videos he had of his hero. He would watch the various moves and signature gestures that Jackson used in his act. After a while, Sergio became so engrossed with the performances, that he began to imitate them. At first he did not share his gift, and only allowed a few close family and friends the opportunity to see his impression.
One day, Cortés was out and about walking in his hometown. As he walked, he caught the eye of a local photographer. The photographer was impressed with Sergio’s incredible resemblance to Jackson. He spoke to Sergio for a few minutes, then asked the soon to be celebrity impersonator if he could take a photograph of him for a local paper. After some thought, Sergio agreed, and the next day the picture the photographer took was published in a local newspaper.
Sergio did not realize what he was starting. Interest in Sergio immediately exploded upon the photograph’s publication. Soon, Sergio found himself talking to various talent agents and show promoters. It was at that point he realized that they he had struck gold, and that he could probably do very well in show business. He decided after some deliberation to become a Michael Jackson celebrity impersonator. He began doing performances imitating Jackson, and soon became a local and nationwide celebrity.
Now, many years later, Sergio Cortés continues to do his incredible impression of Michael Jackson. He has gained the love and respect of thousands of adoring fans and well-wishers, and uses his talents to bring joy and happiness to the many people who never got a chance to see the King of Pop perform. Sergio Cortés and his incredible gift has transcended mediocrity and entered into a worldwide level of adoration and celebrity. Still, he remains humble, knowing that the gift that he has been given is not only for his benefit, but for the thousands of people who gain pleasure from his unique talents.