How Alex Pall and Drew Taggart Evolved as the Chainsmokers

When the Chainsmokers collaborated with breakout synth-pop artist Halsey for their track ‘Closer’, it not only helped put the songstress on the map, it became a chart-topping hit. The Chainsmokers are a New York City-based group that officially formed after a former member departed the group back in 2012. The Chainsmokers’ current members are DJ Alex Pall and producer Andrew “Drew” Taggart. The DJ duo were not afraid to mix it up with their sounds and liked to incorporate different genres such as pop, synth, EDM, hip hop, indie and many others. In a sit down interview with Mathias Rosenzweig, an online editor and writer, the Chainsmokers shared how they came together, gave details of their track ‘Closer’ and revealed how they plan to evolve as a now mainstream group.

While Drew Taggart was still in college, the self-producer started becoming more and more interested in the DJing scene before he met Alex Pall. Alex was already DJing at various clubs across New York City and had a manager, who still manages their group to this day. Alex was looking for a replacement after a former member broke news that he had to leave. A source that worked for Pall’s manager came up to Taggart while he was interning at Interscope and told him about the Chainsmokers and that they were in need of a member. Taggart took a bus from Maine down to NYC and was finally introduced to Pall. They immediately started experimenting on tracks together in Pall’s apartment and the pairing worked perfectly well.

The Chainsmokers shared that Halsey was their number one on a list of artist that they are dying to work with. They feel that her voice was powerful and she’s is just simply unique and has a cool air about her. Their single Closerwas written while on tour and it was the first time Taggart had lent his own singing voice on a track. The duo’s audience has grown over the years and they now focus on creating fresh shows and visual content while performing live, proudly providing their fans with a new experience each time.

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