The Chainsmokers: Creating a Legacy


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


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.”