The Chainsmokers are a very popular electronic dance music duo. It consists Alex Pall, from New York City, and Andrew Taggart who is from Portland, Maine. They achieved mainstream success in 2014 and have been a fixture on the radio ever since. A lot of EDM music is pretty sterile and lacks any emotion. The Chainsmokers, meanwhile, reveal themselves in their work and take fans along on the journey.
While they started just making straight up dance music, Alex Pall says they have been moving well beyond that. They are both fans of a lot of different genres, he has said, and they don’t want to limit themselves to just one of these formats. They started breaking out of that genre with their songs “Roses”, “Waterbed“, and “Don’t Let Me Down”. They have since created songs that mix in pop music, hip-hop, and indie music as well.
Alex Pall says they space out their releases so that each song has some space to breath on its own. They want to give everyone a chance to enjoy one of their new songs, especially if it is a big hit, before following it up with another song release. He says the songs releases lag behind what they have created and they now have a library of music waiting to be released in this way.
Something that separates The Chainsmokers from their peers is that their music is about their real lives, Alex Pall said in an interview. He said they thought it would be natural to have songs about their lives and so that was the approach they decided to take. He says that some of their songs they have 100% created themselves while other ones they have worked with songwriters in the industry. They want to create a cohesive body of work, he says, which necessitates that they take an active approach to what their songs are about. Alex Pall says that he uses social media to see who their fans are. He says it used to be mostly college-age people but since that time they have fans of all ages.