The Chainsmokers: Getting Where They Are With Hard Work

When Alex Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart were introduced in 2012, they hit it off immediately and wasted little time in forming the Chainsmokers, a DJ/Producer two-person band. Mutual friend of Pall and Taggart, Adam Alpert, knew both men wanted to be DJs. Pall was in New York actively looking for a new partner, and Taggart was in Maine working at a museum. When they met and formed the band, both men quit their day jobs, Taggart moved to New York, and the Chainsmokers officially began. After their live debut in September of 2014, the Chainsmokers have been releasing music and playing live shows almost non-stop.

The Chainsmokers have released several charting EPs, and one full-length album that hit #1 on both the Dance/Electronic and Top 200 Charts at Billboard. They also put out many singles, which can be downloaded for free from their website. Their most recent release, put out in July, is the single “Side Effects”, a collaboration with Emily Warren. Warren, the singer on the track, is a good friend and frequent collaborator of the duo. Pall and Taggart have spoken about how they have a tremendous rapport with Warren, and how they can come up with a song idea with her very quickly. Warren performed the song live with the Chainsmokers for the first time in Atlanta, GA.

“Side Effects” is another step in the Chainsmokers’ evolution as musicians. Though they are a dance/electronic duo, Pall and Taggart both enjoy many other forms of music and try to integrate them into their sound as much as possible. For “Side Effects” they took some influence from disco and funk, making an upbeat song about loneliness and bad decisions made as a result of said loneliness. This sound is in contrast to their other recent releases, most of which have been slower and darker. The Chainsmokers write their music based on their feelings and the happenings in their life, making their music more personal than most dance musicians. When in winter, they tend to be more melancholy, and this last year was no different.

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