The Chainsmokers, which consists of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, released their first major hit in 2014 with “#Selfie.” Other loose singles, like “Paris,” led up to the release of their debut album Memories…Do Not Open.
“Closer” is their greatest hit to date. It was release in 2014 and went diamond 2 years later. Halsey, who joined Taggart and Pall on “Closer,” teamed up with the duo again. This time it was on Instagram. They simultaneously posted pictures of their newly minted diamond plaques.
“Closer” was a huge moment for The Chainsmokers. It cemented them on the airwaves both domestic and international. After the release of the song, Taggart and Pall sat down with Interview Magazine.
The conversation began with Pall explaining his life prior to joining up with Taggart. He was DJing around the New York Area and found himself in an art gallery. It was here that he determined music was controlling his life, and it was time to take it seriously as a career.
Andrew Taggart, an intern at Interscope Records, was attending college in Maine. He began to DJ when he noticed that many at his university were making decent money by performing at parties. Through Interscope Records, he was introduced to Alex Pall.
Upon their introduction, due to their chemistry, they began making music. Long hours led to a plethora of songs. They began to flood the airwaves in 2014. They released single after single until their debut album. More recently, they have released darker songs like “Sick Boy.” Aside from “Closer,” this is the biggest change in their sound.
“Closer” was such a drastic change because it was Taggart’s debut as singer. According to The Chainsmokers, their method of adapting mainstream popularities to their own style is key to maintaining momentum.
They also use social media to connect with their fans. Pall said Instagram allows him to see exactly where and who his fans are.