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
Much is known about Jay-Z, unlike Desiree Perez, a close associate and the force behind some August contracts and deals. In 2008, for instance, Jay Z signed a $150 million deal with the Live Nation. The deal is about to expire as it was only for a duration of 10 years. Although Live Nation would like to extend the deal, an insider revealed that Live Nation is not in the business of record music anymore.
In testing other waters, Jay-Z has been alluring industries big wigs to have a stake in ROC Nation, his own recorded music business. The deal closing could birth a buy- sell scenario where either side could sell their stake at the ROC Nation or acquisition wholly. Roc Nation has a pool of renowned music performers such as Fat Joe, Shakira, Rihanna, Meek Mill and Jay-Z himself. Apparently, Desiree Perez along with his boss Jay-Z is in talks with the CEO of Universal Music Group, Sir Lucian Grainge about UMG buying a stake in the ROC Nation.
Sources with the UMG say that the company has engaged in a distribution deal with ROC Nation. UMG is excited with the partnership as Jay-Z is believed to be phenomenal. The move will develop new artists and help in streaming service Tidal.
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About Desiree Perez
She is a strong negotiator who is very persuasive and influential. She is in the labeling operational team that runs the ROC Nation and also in management. Check prettymanprettyman.com for more reading. Most of ROC Nation’s and Jay Z’s success, she is always behind the scenes. Her track record makes her much respected especially in the Samsung deal where she helped Rihanna close the deal through extensive negotiation. More of Dez on linkedin.com.
The Hova Circle of Influence is part of her major accomplishments. It includes the likes of Ty Ty Smith, Jay Brown, Jana Fleischman, and Chaka Pilgrim. Also, Desiree Perez was the producer for the Jay Z’s On The Run Tour of 2014 and the Change: The LifeParticle Effect of 2013. Related article on imdb.com.
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