When we think of the traditional image of the electronic dance music pioneer we think of a faceless DJ behind decks in a booth providing the backing to a guest vocalist. The Chainsmokers have heralded the arrival of a new vanguard in the EDM genre by stepping out from behind the DJ booth. DJ’s Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have spent the last six years exploring the different options open to them in crafting a new image for DJ’s everywhere taking them to the top of the global charts.
After Alex Pall’s original musical collaborator in The Chainsmokers departed the band in 2012, he was introduced to recent college graduate, Andrew Taggart and musical history were made. Taggart and Pall quickly realized there was more to electronic dance music than simply allowing collaborators including Halsey to claim the limelight. Both Taggart and Pall have broken with DJ tradition and featured as vocalists on their own songs as their musicianship has come to the fore.
The second area of success for the duo has been their willingness to step into the writing room and take ownership of their own songs. Developing The Chainsmokers brand has included the DJ duo crafting songs with some of the best-known songwriters in the industry. Both members of the band have become household names and known for their innovative live show which has evolved over the years.
The Chainsmokers quickly understood there growing audience would not be willing to accept the DJ sets they had created in the early days of their career as a live show. Instead, The Chainsmokers have worked hard to put together a live band which now forms the basis of the majority of their live performances. Alex Pall believes the chance for fans to feel they are seeing a live performance is far more satisfying than a sample of a guest vocalist playing as the duo DJ in a vast arena.