On the climb up the music charts and beyond, the band Chainsmokers released a new album which takes an interesting approach to the expected electronic soundscape of the dj musicians through the continual use of personal touches to their music. While they have often used their own lives as inspiration, the new release has the added bonus of featuring Alex Pall’s band mate, the other dj in the duo, Andrew Taggart.
It all started in the art gallery, years ago. Pursuing the dream career in the big city was a challenge but there Alex Pall met Drew and from there they went to work with the music they loved. They became the dj duo that everyone now knows as the Chainsmokers. Working together has always been an intertwining of personalities and lives that became showcased within the works, no matter who worked with them.
From the beginning they took a personal approach with the music they developed as djs, using the art form as a method of self discovery. Even through the use of electronic music, they have found a way to build up a strong identity in the music they have created. And this includes working with the ones creating the song lyrics, which has led to the music being self-identified as about them. As part of the process from writing to synthesis, is a process that showcases both themselves and their ever-changing lives. Even the live performance elements of the shows are evolving as they work with the music and changing world including different elements including social media.
The music has progressed over the years and this is a next step approach that Alex Pall explains as a natural step with their intimate approach in music creation. While having Taggart step into the role of vocalist seems strange to some, it’s a part of their individual based approach to music.