The Chainsmokers Reaching New Highs

Music today is not the same as it used to be. There is much more complexity and time that must be put into a song to create music as the Chainsmokers do. Recently the Chainsmokers posted a video showing the making of their new song “Somebody”. Their music is created from modular synths, pitched-up vocal samples, and a large amount of creativity. The initial release is just a clip, but Drew Taggart and Alex Pall promise to release a more intensive tutorial of the making of the song soon. “Somebody” required a pitch change due to the vocals originally being for another song.

The Chainsmokers are a relatively new duo that have been blowing the charts out of the water, continuously top the charts since their breakthrough song “#Selfie” in 2014. The Duo is comprised of Alex Pall 33, and Andrew Taggart, 28. Alex’s part in the duo is as DJ and Andrew is the producer, writer, and vocalist. They have also featured many other artists in their songs, making some of them stars overnight such as Daya and Halsey.

The Chainsmokers song “Roses” hit the top 10 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t Let Me Down” hit the top 5 and also won them a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording, and “Closer” became number one on the charts. On top of those the Chainsmokers have also won two American Music Awards and five iHeartRadio Music Awards.

With a blend between indie, pop, music, dance, and hip-hop, the Chainsmokers have set a very high standard for what is to come next. Some of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart’s influences include Pharrell Williams, Linkin Park, and deadmau5. However, some of their inspirations include Blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Taylor Swift, Max Martin, The xx and Explosions in the Sky.

As of this year the Chainsmokers have been out doing much more than we could have imagined. They had a second single hit one billion streams on Spotify and topped Billboard’s new Dance 100 list. The Chainsmokers are also the first duo to be recognized for their talent in the way it has been presented to them.

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Alex Pall Gets the Scope on Rockstars

The interview with Alex Paul, the lead of the Chainsmokers, talks about how the Chainsmokers become the Chainsmokers and what made them want to pursue a career in music full time. Paul talks about how the main hype of the Chainsmokers mainly started from the hit song Closer with the singer Halsey. Paul talks about how he is so different in the DJ world mainly because they have showmanship, instead of just hiding behind their music equipment, instead of just having a vocalist come and sing over their soundtrack. Paul goes into his upbringing about how he was a DJ for a hobby at first. While in college he did a couple of shows here and there, but nothing really major. His college friends were really into the DJ Avicii. Hearing and seeing this DJ was like a spark for Paul to start being more serious about his music.

Alex was so fascinated with the music scene that he had to get a taste himself to see whether this is the right choice for him or not. Alex lived in New York, where he was going to school at Syracuse. Andrew, the other member of Chainsmokers was from Maine and he was told about Alex through a kid who worked for Alex’s manager. Andrew came instantly and the duo started working together, almost like magic. The DJ duo already knew what they brought to the table, so they sat down grinding constantly to finally get a stride or a fanbase. Other hits they have made like Roses, and Don’t Let Me Down follow the normal flow of how DJs make music, which was just having a vocalist do the singing. However, having the DJ actually sing makes the Chainsmoker a unique duo that can not be beat.

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/alex-pall-mn00032572