Mathias Rosenzweig had an opportunity to interview Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the duo that makes the Chainsmokers. Unlike their DJ counterparts who involve the work of songwriters and singers to add their vocals to their electronic soundscapes to give them a human feel, the pair sings its compositions, something that impressed Mathias. Pall told him that despite pressure from fans, their goal was to produce an album that had 10 to 12 songs related to each other thus writing down their songs. He added that even when they had to include songwriters, they would be the ones guiding the whole song.
Mathias asked about how they met and how they knew they could work together and each of them had something to say. Andrew said that he came to New York after the kid who worked for Alex’s manager told him about a DJ duo that wanted a new member. When he got to New York, Alex quit his job and they immediately started working together. Alex told Mathias that they both had similar ambitions and core values. They chose to grow together learning new things and were ready to build an identity along the same line.
Alex told the magazine that social media had been of great importance boosting their music to reach a wider audience. He added that with their growing fan base, they were working extra hard to make sure they accommodate every fan within all age brackets by choosing their visuals keenly. Alex added that despite making music for themselves, they were glad people connected with it.
Mathias Rosenzweig then asked what it was like working with the star-of-the-moment, Halsey. Pall responded by commending Halsey for being one of the best performers with amazing vocals. He said that she was the type of artist they had always wanted to collaborate with. The duo mentioned to the magazine that, the song “Closer” was a composition they wrote in the bus in one of their tours and it turned out great. They drew inspiration from Taggart’s teen years when he went to school in Syracuse.