Following the release of their track “Closer”, Alex Pall was interviewed about both the track and the origins of The Chainsmokers. The track gained a lot of the attention for not only featuring the trademark voice of Halsey but also featuring the voice of Andrew Taggart, half of the DJ duo. Even if this decision seems weird for the genre itself, a closer look at the duo of Alex and Andrew puts into perspective as the two are known for being quite open with their music.
In the interview, Pall goes into depths about his life before forming The Chainsmokers. The New Yorker explains how DJing was a lifelong hobby for him, taking gigs around the city however it always felt like something on the side for him until he had a realization about what he wanted to do with his life, and that was pursuing music. He eventually went on to form The Chainsmokers with his first partner, Rhett Bixler. After some time, however, Rhett Bixler left the group and this is where Andrew Taggart comes in.
In Maine, Taggart had developed a love EDM long before the genre achieved mainstream success even having a handful of gigs here and there. By this time, the original duo of The Chainsmokers was quite well known as news of Bixler’s departure had even spread to Taggart’s home, Taggart being recommended by someone who worked the Pall’s manager. Both Taggart and Pall expressed that the minute they met, the two of them had instant chemistry and began working together immediately. From then on, the DJ duo would become one of music’s top creators.
When the duo was asked about the thought process behind including Taggart’s voice when it was such a rare thing to happen. The duo had expressed their love for their personal connection with both their fans and their music. They didn’t want to hide behind masks or create these alter egos, they wanted to enjoy the music like their fans because at the end of the day, both Pall and Taggart are still fans of EDM.