Like most other electronic music producers, the Chainsmokers duo, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart started off as the faceless beat crafters. But they are slowly moving into the artistic limelight by singing and featuring in their music videos. Having first featured in their radio-banger track, “Closer”, Alex Pall argues that the DJ duo are slowly finding a balance between crafting beats and singing.
He also adds that they only aim at giving the electronic music a deeper meaning and add life to their music by providing a face that their audiences can relate and find an attachment with and not just the beats. The “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down” hitmaker is, however, quick to mention that coming to this decision hasn’t been easy.
What informed the decision to build an artistic identity?
Alex Pall mentions that in most cases, electronic DJs work with song composers who craft content and vocalists who bring them to life. This essentially means that they often have no attachment to the content they release to the public seeing that it is a more of collaboration. However, Alex argues that while they also employ the services of songwriters, they always sit down with them and guide their content.
He further adds that their songs are particularly inspired by their real lives and that they have even had to write some songs themselves. This attachment, therefore, played a significant role in informing the decision to have their audience not only identify with the beats but also the individuals to whom the content of the song relates to.
The impact of their lives on their music
In answering the question of how their lives have shaped their careers as well as the decision to feature in their songs, Alex Pall talks about how he came to meet Taggart. He mentions that while he has always had an interest in music, he only actualized his ambitions in college. He practiced DJ-ing while at school for different events around New York City and seeing its potential decided to contract a manager. His manager would later introduce him to another college student and aspiring DJ from Maine, Andrew Taggart, with whom they would go on to form the Chainsmokers DJ duo.