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Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the production duo that makes up a group called The Chainsmokers. The duo has been active in the music industry since 2012 and has released hit songs such as “Roses”, “#Selfie”, and “Closer.” The duo has been awarded for their efforts in music with two American Music Awards and five iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart started working together after Pall’s manager introduced them to each other. At the time Pall was DJing around the New York area and had recently begun to think of it as a career.
“It was more just side word that I was really passionate about,” Pall confessed. It wasn’t until one single moment, while in an art gallery, that Pall realized that his music was consuming his life and that he could really make a career out of it.
Finally, when Pall’s manager introduced him to Drew Taggart, he started really working on his music seriously. Taggart moved from Maine and Pall quit his job and they both began making music full-time. Pall knew right away that the duo would be a success. “We were both very observant about what was going on around us and who was killing it.” Pall explained. “[Drew and I] were trying to shape an identity around this.”
The Chainsmokers are a unique pair in the music industry. Up until the release of “Closer“, neither Taggart nor Pall had loaned their own voices to one of their songs. The Chainsmokers are more accustomed to allowing other artists to sing the songs they write and produce. For example, singer Halsey was a featured artist on “Closer.”
Thanks to Instagram, The Chainsmokers know exactly who their audience is. “From what I see on social media, it’s becoming more international,” Pall began. “We’re seeing places like the Philippines and South Africa.” Surprisingly the gender demographic seems to be split between girls and guys, Pall gathered from his Instagram feed. “It seems like we’re reaching the 16 to 25 demographic,” he said.
With Taggart now performing as a vocalist, The Chainsmokers live show will be changing significantly. In the future, if Taggart chooses to continue singing, the choreography and performance elements will only keep getting bigger and better.