An artist has to be both creative and self-disciplined to succeed. It’s no longer enough to be complacently lazy and starving. It’s no longer enough to slack out and just wait for the right moment to come. For commercial success to happen, artists have to hustle, grind and put themselves out there. In the Interview Magazine feature of Alex Pall, people learned that Pall’s success is because of such set of values.
Pall invited Andrew Taggart to be part of The Chainsmokers. Both of them clicked on the day that they met. They were able to join forces, create music together and come up with a set of compositions that satisfied them both almost immediately. However, it’s one thing for this duo to create passionate lyrics, but it’s also another layer of challenge to make sure that these songs hit the nerve and get positive feedback from their audience.
Fortunately, these songs got a positive response. The Chainsmokers is now considered one of the most commercially successful EDM bands today. While most EDM pride themselves in the beats and bass hits in the song, Pall’s success’ in EDM is in the lyrics. He is able to push the frontier of EDM by focusing on lyrics, words and stories in the EDM, instead of just churning hooks and catchy beats.
Pall also believes that the secret to always staying relevant and creatively successful is to not settle. Artists should always keep on doing new things that excite them.
The secret to Pall’s successful performance in live shows may also come from the fact that he wants things to grow bigger and bigger. One successful show that The Chainsmokers did was the one in Red Rock, and it was so successful that it already sold out just seven months before the event. It could be said that this pushed through because of the calculation and planned effort of Pall to always make the performance in the freshest way possible. Right now, the continued success of The Chainsmokers comes from Pall’s focus on building better productions and more creative short acts.