Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers got his start DJing at different spots around New York City. This started out as more of a hobby than a job to him. Although the fun he was having was undeniable, he decided it was time to take a “proper shot” in the industry after realizing how much this culture consumed his life. Alex’s manager then introduced him to Drew who was going to school and interning for Interscope at the time. “That’s where it all started” said Pall. And so it began.
Drew made the move down from Maine shortly after hearing about the opportunity and the two of them started working right away, already knowing what they brought to the table. It started with conversations about the kind of music they were into growing up, as well as how ambitious they were in general about making music. Obviously they wouldn’t be where they are today if ambition wasn’t present.
They met from 9am until 7pm almost every day, trying new things and ironing out the creases essentially. Both of them were aware of what was working and what wasn’t in the music industry by looking at and listening to upcoming artists. It was just a matter of forming their own identity.
After finding that common ground, The Chainsmokers started to release music, shaking things up in the dance genre.
This went on for awhile until they decided it was time to do things a little different. Rather than feeling confined the two of them stepped out of the box and started trying to make more of a personal connection with the audience. They decided to not only bring out some vocals and a story, but the stories were theirs and no one else’s. A new single titled “Closer” featuring Halsey is a perfect example of this.
The Chainsmokers are always looking for new ways to take a step forward with the music they create along with the live shows they put on. There’s a lot of factors that separate them from many artists currently and it will be exciting to see what they bring to the table in years to come.