Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the DJ duo known as the Chainsmokers. Formed in New York City when Pall, who needed a new DJ partner, was introduced to Taggart by mutual friend and band manager Adam Alpert. The two had an immediate chemistry and Taggart moved from Maine to New York where the two spent hours a day perfecting their style and sound. They performed at clubs, colleges and parties before releasing their debut EP, “Bouquet.”
Upon meeting the two had a rapport in and out of music immediately. They seem to see music the same way and have similar enough tastes that their chemistry comes through on all their tracks. Both quit their day jobs to form the Chainsmokers and it seemed like a good move as the two began getting gigs all over New York City almost immediately, playing clubs, colleges and parties regularly. The duo treated the band like a full-time job, 40+ hours a week of working together to make it come together.
Not content to merely make dance music the duo like to push themselves into other genres of music. Both describe themselves as fans of many different styles of music, not just dance, and after a while they decided to branch out and try integrating other styles into their music. Taggart has stepped out from behind the DJ table and recorded vocals for a couple of songs and the Chainsmokers have worked with DJ Tiesto, Halsey and Pheobe Ryan.
The Chainsmokers release singles for the most part. They have an interesting strategy for their release schedule: Instead of putting out songs as soon as they are done they tend to wait for the previous single to run its course. Knowing that being in the Dance/Electronic genre is a barrier to their achieving success outside their genre they prefer to let individual songs have a chance to make the rounds not only in the dance community but outside it as well. By staggering their releases they hope to get a reputation for making a variety of sounds instead of just dance beats exclusively.