Electronic music has a reputation for being impersonal dance music, with DJs hidden behind masks, and impersonal dance beats. This disconnected nature can produce great music, but there is an option for those who desire a to go beyond genre limitations and uncover a more personal connection in electronic music. The Chainsmokers are one of the biggest acts in electronic music today, but they refuse to be contained by convention.
The DJ duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert pursue their goal of creating passionate music by choosing to sing their own songs, even choosing to work with songwriters and write their own lyrics based on their lives.
Recently they worked with Electropop act Halsey on “Closer”. Pall said they had been attracted to how individual she is. The song focuses on a hook-up with an ex-girlfriend based on people Taggert had known from school. The goal was to write a song about a hook-up, but incorporating the flaws, recklessness, and t
he knowledge that it might not be the right thing to do. “Closer” was inspired by the way the music Pall and Taggert loved made them feel when they were 14.
Tours have taken the Chainsmokers all around the world. Pall is enthusiastic about the international expansion of the Chainsmokers’ fanbase, to places like the Philippines. He is happy to see when his music reaches beyond their main age demographic of teens and young adults, and enjoys connecting with his audience on Instagram to see people enjoy the Chainsmokers’ music. Although he understands that not everyone has experienced the same kind of life as him, Pall hopes that their emotional message can go beyond demographics and connect with many different kinds of people.
The Chainsmokers are earning their place on the top forty charts two times over, with new festivals coming soon and creating new visuals for their shows. They’re not planning on taking a break anytime soon. Expect the fan experience to keep improving as they focus on artistry and cohesion in their albums, and discover new ways to incorporate ideas from many genres into their music.