DJ’s Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the members of the Chainsmokers, a DJ duo hailing from New York. They formed when the band’s current manager and friend to both Pall and Taggart, Adam Alpert, introduced them on the principle that they both wanted to move their DJ careers forward and he felt they could help each other out. He appears to have been right, as the two hit it off quickly and formed the Chainsmokers on the basis of their chemistry both in and out of music. Pall and Taggart both worked in different museums, but quit their respective jobs shortly after meeting and began rehearsing full-time, with Taggart moving to New York from his native Maine.
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After their live debut in September of 2014 at Terminal 5 as the opening act for Timeflies, Pall and Taggart began releasing prerecorded music in the form of an album, various EPs and numerous free singles. The two enjoy collaboration, collaborating not only with each other on songs but also with other musicians. Their singles, released free via their website, offer a perfect opportunity for exploring not only working with other musicians, but also diving in to other genres of music that they enjoy. This frequent release of new material also has the benefit of keeping their fans satiated with a steady flow of new music.
Pall and Taggart enjoy stepping out of the traditional DJ role. They not only use other genres of music, they also write emotional songs that can feature one or both on vocals, As the two have begun performing singing duties in front of a live crowd they have also exchanged prerecorded music tracks in for a live band for parts of their live shows.
The two recounted much of this information in an interview with Mathias Rosenzweig at Interview Magazine. They talked about their approach to making new music, why they release so many singles compared with just a handful of EPs and full-length albums, their goals for the future of their music, how they formed as a band and where they hope to go next.