Alexander “Alex” Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart formed The Chainsmokers, which is an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) duo. EDM is a style of music associated with dance beats that are created by DJ/production. It mixes an assortment of songs with similar rhythm patterns.
The DJ has to create a precise flow and perform the music in a live concert or music festival.
Alex grew up in New York City in a family of art dealers. His upbringing and passion for music drove him to become a disc jockey. Andrew was born and raised in Freeport.
While on a visit in Argentina, Andrew gained an interest in the music of prolific EDM DJ’s such as David Guetta and Daft Punk. He started his career as an EDM deejay at a tender age of 15.
Andrew is a graduate of the University of Syracuse. He had to attend an internship at Interscope to fulfill the requirements for his degree.
While here, he built on his passion for music, and he even produced songs, which he uploaded on the SoundCloud Website. Alex worked at an art gallery in New York after completing his studies on history and music from the University of New York.
In 2012, the duo partnered to form what is today known as The Chainsmokers. Their first hits were in collaboration with an Indian actress, Priyanka Chopra, which they produced in 2013.
This year saw the duo get on stage for their first live performance. As with all new entries in the music scene, they had to perform as an opening act for major artists. They performed an opening act for Timeless.
The Chainsmokers released their first single titled Selfie for free in 2013. The song became popular, and in 2014, it caught the attention of Dim Mak Records, who released the song through Republic Records, an online streaming channel.