The Chainsmokers are a DJ/Production duo. Alex Pall was half of that duo. He grew up in New York City, and was Djing as a hobby. This hobby turned into a side job, and then a full on career. The Chainsmokers now manager introduced Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, which made them the duo they are now. They had a breakthrough in their career in 2014 when they released their hit single “#Selfie”. Which they then played as an opener for Timeflies at Terminal 8. Their careers just took of from there.
In May of 2016 the chainsmokers released their new song “Closer”, which featured Halsey. Unlike their previous songs “Closer” has Andrew Taggart singing. Normally this would not hold any suspicions, but it is quite the opposite for these two. The duo usually count on songwriters and vocalists to give the human aspect to their electronic masterpieces. The Chainsmokers attempt in personalizing their music, is more than likely because they wish to be recognized as true artists, not beasts behind a machine.
Mathias Rosenzweig interviewed the two in May after their song came out. Rosenzweig says he finds it odd that they were singing on their own song, and Pall replies “Well, why not?”. Then he goes in more depth and says “..because none of these people write the lyrics to their songs.” The duo actually sit with their songwriters and write out their songs. It is always changing but it is always them. The music they create is about them, and they are apart of its creation.
Alex explains that their album which includes “Closer” is about who they are and portraying that to their fans. They did not want this album to be another DJ album. They wanted it personal and interesting. A big round of applause to the amazing Chainsmokers and their awesomely creative songs.