Expanding pop horizons with Alex Pall

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The Chainsmokers unique way of creating music and genre-defying songs have set them apart in the music world. Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers has been a DJ his whole life, in 2012 he discovered his passion, creating dance music. This led him to quit his job being a DJ to pursue his dreams and become one of the greatest musical creators in the world. Pall along with fellow music creator Andrew Taggart created their duo The Chainsmokers which has taken over pop music in the past few years. Taggart had loved dance music long before it became a major trend, and jumped at the chance to produce this music with Pall.

Over the past few years, this music duo has grown more than they ever could have imagined. The two have studied pop and dance music, and what it takes to make a great artist. Their passion has allowed them to create music which went from just paying their bills to slingshotting them to the world stage.

The Chainsmokers are far different from most traditional artists, being a DJ duo as well as music producers has set them apart from other similar artists. The pairs decision to branch out from just making dance music is what allowed them to grow as much as they did.

Their music style doesn’t fit into any one genre, a mix of indie, pop, dance, and hip-hop has proven to be very successful for them. Learning to sing over their beats has also worked very well for the duo. Originally, just creating the beats and having others add their own personal elements and singing the songs was the only way this duo knew to make music. But learning how to sing and truly make the songs the way they intend them to be, adding their own personal element has greatly helped the duo.

Over the past few years, The Chainsmokers have become staples in the music world, getting a feature from pop star Halsey has helped the band explode in popularity. Now that the duo can sing, we get to see the true originality in these songs. Hopefully, we get to see more of this boundary-pushing music in the coming years.

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The Chainsmokers: Creating a Legacy

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These days, you can’t turn on the radio without hearing a song by The Chainsmokers. Whether it’s upbeat pop of last summer’s smash hit, Closer, the rhythmic dance bop, Don’t Let Me Down, or their latest hit, the darkly brooding Sick Boy, chances are you’ve heard a Chainsmokers song. Up until recently, though, The Chainsmokers were behind the scenes of their songs, letting well-known artists, such as Coldplay, handle the vocals. More recently though, duo Drew Taggert and Alex Pall have been front lining their latest singles to great success.

 

The Chainsmokers began in 2012 in New York City when electric dance music DJ Alex Pall teamed up with Drew Taggert and began remixing popular indie songs. Eventually, the two released their first single, #Selfie, a song that is equal parts silly, self-obsessed satire and undeniably fun dance beat. The Chainsmokers’ music fuses streams of indie, dance beats, pop, hip-hop, and expertly crafted electronic soundscapes into cool rifts of smoking sound. #Selfie was a smash hit and became a staple for dance clubs around the world.

 

Following their first hit, they released several more singles, such as the wildly popular Roses and Don’t Let Me Down. Taggert made his singing debut on their 2016 track Closer, which featured singer Halsey and mounted to extreme success in the US and UK, which hit number one in both countries.

Since then, The Chainsmokers released their debut album, which was certified platinum last August. In addition, their collaboration with band Coldplay, Something Just Like This, received wide critical acclaim. In 2017, they were also named as the third highest paid DJs in the world, according to Forbes. (See: The Chainsmokers New Song Video)

 

Recently, Pall and Taggert sat down with Forbes to discuss their success and new song, Sick Boy. Taggert asserted that Sick Boy is the beginning of a new era for the duo to grow both lyrically and rhythmically. He also discussed how Sick Boy was formed due to criticism the duo has faced and represents becoming who they really are as a musical group. Pall chipped in that the past few years have been a whirlwind of success beyond their wildest dreams and they look forward to putting out more music that truly represents them in the future. See Related Link to learn more.

Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers Opens Up About the Band’s Future

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Born and raised in New York City, Alex Pall is a member of The Chainsmokers. He along with his partner, Andrew Taggart earned much of the fame from the group. They together released various popular singles and album for which they received various prestigious awards including Grammy Awards. Pall earned a good amount of net worth from the sales of their album and singles.

 

When Alex Pall met Andrew Taggert and formed The Chainsmokers in 2012, the pair of DJ/Producers started releasing music that enlisted the use of other singers to perform on their songs. This is nothing new for DJ artists, who usually craft the music and then find other collaborators to provide the vocal element. That all changed in July of 2016 with the release of their single “Closer” which featured Taggert on vocals along with pop star Halsey. This was the event that turned the group from faceless studio producers into stars in their own right, and they opened up to Interview Magazine in May 2016 to talk about this.

 

The band started when Pall, then a NYC DJ, was introduced to Taggart by their manager. They instantly bonded over a love of music and an ambitious drive to succeed. They would work together every day all day in the studio making music together.

 

Singles and EPs followed as the group slowly built their following. But with their debut studio LP, the group wanted to break ground and do something unique. Instead of doing what every other DJ group does by compiling a hodgepodge of disjointed music and including a few singles that have nothing to do with each other, they decided to create their own sound by writing their own lyrics and singing on their own songs. (Watch: The Chainsmokers New Song Video)

 

Through their social media accounts the band keeps track of their growing fanbase which is getting more and more international. Boasting fans from as far off as the Philippines and South Africa, the group sees many of their fans in the 16 to 25 demographics.

 

With the group’s growing popularity, the next step is to up their live show game. When they first started out it was a very minimal live show, but now it’s becoming more and more of an elaborate production. Go To This Page to learn more.

 

Evolving as a group is the key to their longevity. As Pall put it: “It’s all about being on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and giving people new experiences.”