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
Desiree Perez, the top Roc Nation executive and associate of Jay-Z, met with Universal Music Group Chairman, Sir Lucian Grainge, at his Santa Monica office in the second week of April 2017. Interestingly, Jay also joined, her and speculations are sparking that UMG is going to buy a stake in the Roc Nation. If this happens, Jay will find better resources to develop new talents and expand his streaming services Tidal. Per UMG insiders, the firm already has a distribution partnership with Roc Nation, and if it could make a significant investment in the later, that can help the firm to make a better stake on Roc Nation artists.
It is reported that Desiree Perez and Jay decided to take the business to UMG as his $150 million contracts for ten years with Live Nation is going to end in 2018. In 2008, Jay and Live Nation made a “360 deal” that allows both the parties to sell their stake to other or buy the Roc Nation completely. Hit on pagesix.com for related article. There are reports that while Live Nation is interested in continuing the deal on touring with Jay, it is not planning to support recorded music division. It should be noted that Roc Nation has many highly successful artists including Rihanna, Fat Joe, Meek Mill, and Shakira, apart from Jay. More interesting news on billboard.com.
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Perez is the associate to Jay for almost 20 years. She was the producer of “Change: The LifeParticle Effect” and “On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z,” two music documentaries released in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Perez is considered to be a fierce negotiator and known for crunching numbers. Read about her on prettymanprettyman.com. Her negotiations in Beyoncé Formation stadium and Rihanna Samsung deal were appreciated by the stakeholders. Perez is deeply involved in the day-to-day operations of Roc Nation including labeling operations, management, and publishing. She was also instrumental in making the services of Tidal a grand success. Head over to hitsdailydouble.com for additional reading.
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