You might be familiar with the work of American DJ/production duo Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart if you have ever heard of “The Chainsmokers”. The EDM-pop duo first released their song “#Selfie” in 2014, “Roses” in 2015,”Don’t Let Me Down” was released, and then their song “Closer” became their first number-one chart single. Popularity has skyrocketed greatly for the duo. The Chainsmokers have won two American Music Awards, five iHeartRadio Music Awards, and are continually preparing to release some new musical treats since their beginnings. (Learn about Chainsmokers on Beatport: The Chainsmokers)


The Chainsmokers first consisted of Pall and Rhett Bixler. The group reformed as an EDM DJ duo in 2012 with Adam Alpert managing in New York. Pall grew up DJing and was later introduced to Taggart through Alpert. Pall attended New York University to study art history and music business. Taggart attended Syracuse University and interned at Interscope Records. Taggert took an interest in DJing and released some personal originals on SoundCloud. He later learned from an employee for Alpert that a duo had an opening since Bixler left and Alpert was managing. Taggart was prompted to go to New York City where Pall and Taggert started producing remixes of indie bands where they later collaborated with Priyanka Chopra, on the single “Erase” in 2012. “The Rookie” was then followed “Erase” in 2013. See This Page for additional information.


During a 2016 TV interview for ABC News Nightline, Nick Watt was reporting and had asked about the name “The Chainsmokers”. Pall explained during conception, it was a time like things were in college. While he admits he enjoyed smoking weed, he said that “…the domains opened up. I don’t have to have any underscores.” Taggart further explained that, “It’s just a name.”


In 2018, the pressure on The Chainsmokers to continue great success, continues building. Taggert indicated that darker sound is produced- largely reflecting of their perceived tone of society, their lives, and the world around. Taggert further indicated that elements of personal emotions were added to carry the tone of how they are portrayed by others. The single, “Sick Boy” has been released as well as a new song, “You Owe Me“.

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