Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are the EDM/Dance group The Chainsmokers. First linking up in 2014, they released near countless singles prior to their first full length album Memories…Do Not Open.
Their biggest single to date, “Closer,” recently went diamond. The song debuted in the Summer of 2016 and is considered one of the biggest hits of the year. It recently jointed just over 20 other songs in going diamond.
When “Closer” was originally released, Taggart and Pall conducted an interview to talk about their origins and promote their sing.
The interview began with Pall and Taggart explaining their origins. Pall was working as a DJ in New York, and Taggart was interning at a major label while attending college. They linked up after Pall’s previous partner left the band, and they instantly began making music. Their debut single “#Selfie” was an instant success, but it pales in comparison to the success “Closer” has brought them.
Alex Pall told the interviewer that they immediately knew what each other brought to the table. Pall credits their similar taste in music and observations about what was popular as the primary reason for their success. The more they worked the longer they worked. Eventually they were making music from 9 in the morning until 7 at night. As a result, The Chainsmokers claim to have multiple-years worth of music in their stash.
“Closer’s” success could be credited to a major change with the dynamic of the group: It was Taggart’s debut as a singer. Pall explained that the decision to put Taggart behind the microphone came along because unlike most acts, The Chainsmokers write the lyrics to their songs. They were having guest vocalists perform their words. Pall felt that having Taggart sing was an easy way to make their projects more cohesive.
Thanks to their forward thinking, The Chainsmokers now have a diamond plaque in their collection.