The DJ duo known as the Chainsmokers have already made waves in the music industry with hit singles like “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”. These songs, as is common for DJ’s, featured the words and voices of other artists. Now, with their smash, new track “Closer”, the duo is taking a role front and center, joining Halsey on the vocals.
This change came about from a shared desire by both members, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, to bring a personal touch to their work. They each have something to say and are ready to say it. For the duo, this isn’t just about finding their voice, but about finding a voice for dance music in general. It is a genre not often known for introspection and depth, and the Chainsmokers are aiming to change that.
For Pall, who used to spend his days working at an Art Gallery, his work as a DJ was only a childhood hobby, until he realized how much this industry he was playing around in had given him a sense of purpose and self. Pall was already in New York, and it was through his manager that he teamed up with Taggart, quit his day job, and the rest is, as they say, history.
The two guys hit it off immediately, bonding over a shared love of music and an ambition to share that love with a wider audience. To this day, their evolution and music has all been born out of an ongoing series of conversations about life, music, and art. For Pall, this means continuing to push the music into new areas and new sounds.
The idea to take lead vocals seems obvious to Pall. He and Taggart were already writing lyrics for the music they were producing. Singing their own words was a logical step, and for Pall, teaming up with Halsey to take that step didn’t require much thought. Her sense of artistry and vocal prowess felt like a perfect combination.
Pall’s goal as the Chainsmoker’s fame grows, is to keep pushing the limits of their music and their visual style, always bringing something new to their fans and themselves.