The Chainsmokers is a popular band made up of two individuals, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Some of their best-known songs are “Closer”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, and “Roses”, all of which were popular on EDM radio stations. Something that makes this band different from other bands in their genre is that they have written some of the songs they sing. Typically musicians in this genre rely on professional songwriters for everything they do. They want to stand out as true artists rather than just people in a DJ booth.
Alex Pall says that he became a DJ early in life. It started out as a childhood hobby. Once he was old enough he began to DJ at various locations around New York City and he says it was something he was really passionate about. He had at first been pursuing DJing as a side gig. He says that he considered DJing as something that was fun rather than a job. One day he made the realization that creating dance music was his life’s passion and something he ought to be doing on a full-time basis. His manager, who he still works with, connected him with Taggart and right off the bat their combination worked out great.
When Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart got together professionally they talked quite a bit about their musical philosophies and what type of music they had enjoyed when they were younger. They had both been carefully watching the DJing scene and knew what was working and what was not working for other artists. They started to work together every day of the week and Alex Pall says they were essentially with each from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. They co-developed their identity as artists and came up with their own sound.
Getting back to writing the lyrics to their songs, Alex Pall says that they work with songwriters but do a lot of the work themselves. He says that some of their songs they completely write themselves as well. Others they are more guiding where the lyrics are going. He says each song has a unique background but they’re all their own songs.