Alex Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart, together known as the Chainsmokers, are a pair of DJ’s and producers who create a steady stream of music.
Their friendship, as well as the band the Chainsmokers, began when the two were introduced by mutual friend Adam Alpert. Both Pall and Taggart, and Alpert, had worked in museums in New York and Maine, and all three shared musical tastes. When Pall was looking for a second DJ for the Chainsmokers, Alpert introduced them in the hopes they would get along. Get along they did, quickly forming a bond and a band. Both Pall and Taggart quit their day jobs and began rehearsing and practice for the Chainsmokers.
The Chainsmokers have released a series of EP’s and singles in addition to one full length album, “Memories…Do Not Open.” The album held the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 and Dance/Electronic Charts simultaneously. Pall and Taggart always seem to have something new in the works, including a promised second full-length album in the works.
Their most recent release, “Side Effects”, is a single, released for free- as many of their songs are- through their website. The single features vocals by Emily Warren, a past collaborator and close friend of both Pall and Taggart.
The song is a step back into “banger” style songs for the two, who have had a string of introspective, slower songs in recent times. But “Side Effects” is back into the realm of fast and up-tempo, having serious influence from disco and funk music.
In their live shows, the Chainsmokers have moved beyond the “two guys behind turntables” nature of their show: They now use various instruments on stage, with a strong appreciation for having a live drummer up with them.
Pall and Taggart regularly play live shows across North America. They play for huge arena crowds of tens of thousands and small club crowds of a couple of hundred people. They say the size of the crowd doesn’t matter; rather, it is the energy that this unique group of people bring to the venue that really matters.