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.
The DJ duo Chainsmokers released Closer in 2016. The song featuring Taggart and Halsey rose to the top of the charts quickly. However, it was an unusual that Taggart, a DJ, was one of the vocalist on the track. Most DJ’s in their genre rely on other vocalists to sing on tracks. In their interview with Mathias Rozenzweig, the pair reveals how they met and where the plan to take their music.
Alex Pall recounts his time working as a DJ in New York City. He described it as a hobby that felt more fun than like a job. He stated that he and Taggart met through his manager at an art gallery.
Taggart remembered gaining an interest in DJing while attending college. His love for electronic music preceded its popularity. While he was interning at Interscope, he was approached by kid that worked for Pall’s manager about becoming part of Chainsmokers. At the time the group lost one of its members and Pall was looking for a new DJ. The two met and Taggart described it as “love at first sight.” The pair started working together immediately and continue to crank out hits.
The duo has tried to reinvent dance music by creating music that doesn’t fit in the category of pop, hip-hop, or dance. They listen to every kind of music and they don’t want to make just dance music. They’ve created a catalog of music that is very different from the music that they have already released.
Pall revealed that they write songs and work with songwriters to create music. They play a major part in guiding the song writing process. He mentioned that Closer was written by Taggart and Buddy. The duo has a diverse audience spanning across different demographics. They’ve had to change the format of their live shows because Taggart is singing. However, they are positive about the direction they are going. The believe that social media has helped to expose their music to other demographics.