In The summer of 2016, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of the group the Chainsmokers, sat down for an interview with Mathias Rosenzweig of Interview Magazine. The interview covered all sorts of topics, from how the duo started working with each other to what it was like working with Halsey on “Closer.”
Pall, half of the duo, noted that he was a DJ growing up. For him, it was a hobby, and the hobby became a “little career” as he went DJing around New York City. He stated that eventually, dance music began to take over his life; and when his manager introduced him to his current colleague, Andrew Taggart, he explained that things really started to take off.
During the course of the interview, Taggart and Pall were asked if they thought being a DJ duo and being in the electronic genre made it tougher to create a strong identity as artists. Taggart had a mixed reaction to the question, saying that regardless of the genre, there’s always a plethora of artists competing to make music that stands out. However, he also explained that the duo broke through the pattern of formatting themselves, and instead began creating songs that weren’t just typical dance music.
Rosenzweig found it quite different that the Chainsmokers actually sang their own songs, especially songs that were about their actual lives. Pall’s attitude towards this was pretty much a feeling of “Well, why not?” He goes on to mention how most of these artists don’t actually write the lyrics to their songs, and that even if the Chainsmokers sometimes work with songwriters, they will constantly be working alongside them.
Towards the latter end of the interview, Rosenzweig had to know what it was like for the duo to work with Halsey on “Closer.” In his answer, Pall simply stated, “She’s incredible,” and among other kind words, noted how she’s the type of artist that the duo enjoys working with.