Alex Pall on The Chainsmokers’ Past, Present, and Future

When Alex Pall began to DJ, he approached the vocation as a hobby, or a side job. He played a few shows here and there on weekends, and gradually his interest in disc jockeying overcame his other jobs and interests. Once a mutual acquaintance suggested he team up with Andrew Taggart, Pall, along with Taggart, realized their potential as a DJ duo. Their gigs became more than just a job or a way to fill a bank account.

Pall talks of his work with Taggart as a very accurately mutually understood partnership. The pair work on all their songs together, and while they each bring something individual to the table, their song creation happens through collaboration. Pall’s depiction of The Chainsmoker’s work extends even so far as to their album art, which what it says about the songs they have created.

Pall also discussed his perspective on the genre or category of the music he and Taggart produce. Pall acknowledges the similarities between different types of electronic music, and even admits to playing into the trend-following aspects that sometimes occur in the electronic music industry. However, at a certain point, Pall says he and Taggart realized that their eclectic music interests should be applied to their creative production.

Pall’s awareness about his music is practical and accurate. He says his intentions were to genre-mix, and the product of such a combination shows in songs like “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” In doing so, The Chainsmokers bring together likable characteristics of different genres. Their music is something new made up out of old musical relationships.

Pall also discusses his awareness of the public’s interest and take on his music. He knows that there’s a certain appropriate period of time to wait between releasing songs so that everyone can hear the first song and appreciate it, and then move on to the next one in a way that recognizes Pall and Taggart’s development as an artist team.

Pall speaks to his and Taggart’s collaboration with Halsey on “Closer.” His appreciation of Halsey as an artist reflects his own work: confident and new.

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