July 27th 2016, The Chainsmokers’ single “Closer” was released, featuring Andrew Taggart’s vocals. This is usually uncommon for electronic music artists to sing their own songs as the typical approach would be to leave this element to an outside songwriter or vocalist. However Alex Pall (second member of the Chainsmokers) has spoken out about how he wants to create a more intimate sound by adding Taggart and his voice into the mix. He wanted to rise above being an ordinary DJ with only a mainstream, homogeneous sound. Pall actually began his music artistry as a side hustle but it was an entertaining aspect of his life that soon became his passion. After Taggart and Pall met, Pall mentioned that he came to a realization that electronic music was what he wanted to pursue full time. Shortly after, both Pall and Taggart became a symphonic duo.
“We got together every day and worked on music and creating our identity as artists”, Pall expressed to journalist, Mathias Rosenzweig. From an outsider looking within, it would seem as though Pall’s journey to becoming a dynamic DJ created a methodical environment of work obligations. In the beginning stages of developing their content, this was actually the case as Pall and Taggart music career had propelled forward with a lot to learn. The Chainsmokers wanted to have a unparalleled sound that was a soul exploration, which would create a deep connection for their fans. Standing out from various artists and having a distinctive edge was one goal but building a sound and making memorable performances that resonated with people was the ultimate catch.
What’s impressive is that the Chainsmokers perform live for their audiences around the world. For many music artists, it’s common to play a pre-recorded audio at a show. In addition, the average age demographic of their listeners range from ages 15 to over 30. To Taggart and Pall, the idea is to connect with people by pushing new boundaries and transcending a unique sound in order to represent their musical identity.