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Alex Pall Talks “Closer” in Blast from the Past Interview

It may be 2018 for the rest of world but it feels like 2016 for the Chainsmokers. The dynamic duo from New York just garnered a fresh accolade with hit single “Closer” gaining diamond certification. The news comes right on the heels of their one-and-only studio album nabbing third longest-running non-consecutive No.1 for Billboard’s Top 100. The pair of triumphs definitely prove that 2016 was a banner year for Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The two gained notoriety with their breakout single “#Selfie” in 2014, but 2016 is the year they became artist. Pall spoke about it in length during an interview conducted that same year. Oddly enough, this dalliance with interview magazine came as direct result of “Closer”.

The whole event was conducted by Mathias Rosenwieg. It is definately loaded with foreshadowing as he asks the duo about their plans for the future. He starts in the typical way with some background. Pall responds by telling his story. Apparently, become a DJ was something he fell into. He had fun doing it, and started to take it more seriously when he realized it was all he was doing. His introduction to Taggart linked with a link-minded artists and the two have been on the same page ever since. Both Pall and Taggart stated that they work hard to remain relevant and present something new. Naturally, the conversation drifted to their unorthodox style.

It may be old hat now, but in 2016 the Chainsmokers were still considered EDM. Songs like “Closer” made the transition to an EDM-infused pop, but at the time the duo was breaking new ground. They were involved in songwriting, and Taggart was taking over lead vocals. As EDM DJs do not typically do this many were wondering where the Chainsmokers were going. Pall answered this clearly, “We have reached the point where we want to establish who we are and create a unified body of work to illustrates that”. Basically, they want to be recognized as artists not remixers. In a genre rife with a dozen covers of the same source music, Pall and Taggart wanted to stand out as legitimate artists.

Chainsmokers: Alex Pall DJ To Stardom

He’s the other half of the music duo, The Chainsmokers, that has been conquering the charts for last few years. Alex Pall started it all as a DJ. He says it was a hobby that simply grew into something bigger than he thought it would become. While working in and around New York City, he looked at the job as nothing more than to get some extra money. However, he was very caught up in it and loved it. Alex states he couldn’t get away from the sounds of dance music and wanted to give it a try. He has stayed with the initial manager that lead him to Drew. They began to gel and soon he found himself heading to Maine. Alex ditched his job and it all began to flow from there.

The duo explored each others tastes and what they were really willing to put into making their team work. Turns out, Alex and Drew were dedicated to their art hammering out songs on a daily basis. They worked a straight long workdays to get things done. It was necessary for them if they were going to be successful. They also know what their fans want. It’s a commitment Alex says him and drew constantly think about making sure they are on the same page. Though they are wrapped up in photo shoots it doesn’t stop their collaboration time of chatting about album concepts, covers, and all the details.

Alex explains how Instagram plays a huge role. He can see exactly where fans are enjoying their music. It’s heavily from the international world. The duo loves reading messages from all around the globe where fans are telling them how their music has touched them in some kind of way. It’s humbling for them and very cool. Alex says him and Drew hear from fans all the time that they get an emotional connection from their songs. He says they perform their songs live and its all about the visual competent of their shows. They continue to make it the best experience fans come to expect of them and their songs. The duo intends to make their concerts larger than ever as they kick out more songs.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/8099170/the-chainsmokers-new-song-video