If a casual fan was asked to describe the physical appearance of most DJs producing music over the last few years, they would usually be hard pushed to achieve the feat. The arrival of The Chainsmokers on the music scene is changing the face of the industry with the DJ duo looking to carve out their own path through the popular music sector. Alex Pall is one half of The Chainsmokers and believes he and collaborator Andrew Taggart are among the first DJ’s to take ownership of their material.
Following the release of the band’s debut studio album, “Memories… Do Not Open” the global fame achieved by The CHainsmokers has raised eyebrows. Pall explains the initial forays into producing their own music came after The Chainsmokers had achieved success playing DJ sets around New York City. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart were determined to make their mark on the music industry and refused to be pigeonholed as a traditional DJ collaborator for guest vocalists.
Instead, The Chainsmokers decided the best way to achieve success was to step into every aspect of the creation of the music which would ultimately bear their name. The first step was breaking down the door to the writer’s room and pushing forward their ideas about lyrics. Alex Pall believes The Chainsmokers stand out from their peers because they claim ownership of their compositions. By becoming involved in the process of creating their own songs, The Chainsmokers believe they are giving their fans the best output.
The majority of DJs do not give the time and effort to every part of the production of their music as The Chainsmokers do. In general, songs are written and produced before a DJ puts their mix on the finished article with little creative input. The Chainsmokers have stepped out from behind their decks to perform vocals on some songs and formed a live band for their latest tour.
EDM duo The Chainsmokers are busy releasing single after single, but it’s their debut album Memories… Do Not Open that people can’t seem to get enough of.
Since it hit the top spot on the Billboards Dance and Electronic Chart, it’s held on so long that it’s on its way to making history. Currently Memories… Do Not Open is tied for third longest No 1. dance album with the often celebrated Demon Days by the Gorillaz.
Being listed the best dance album for 34 times is quite the accomplishment, but considering 2005, when Demon Days was released, was a long time ago. And considering their debut album is only a little over a year old, it’s highly likely The Chainsmokers will surpass the Gorillaz in due time.
The Chainsmokers are dealing with competition from increasingly popular groups like Kygo, Above & Beyond, and William Control. The electronic music scene is saturated with artists all aiming to remove the Chainsmokers’ enviable position on the Billboard charts. Even the memory of Avioii is helping his music live on after his passing. Whatever becomes of their Billboard legacy, it’s clear that the Chainsmokers aren’t waiting for a potential upset to keep their songs on our playlists.
About The Chainsmokers:
The Chainsmokers is an American EDM duo. Since making their debut in 2014, making a name for themselves with the single “#Selfie,” they’ve been known for a series of successful tracks that laid a path towards fast fame among electronic music fans and the Billboard charts. In addition to reaching No. 1 with their debut album Memories… Do Not Open, their single “Don’t Let Me Down” earned them a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
Members Alex Pall and Drew Taggart were introduced by their music manager Adam Alpert. After failed starts with different projects, Pall and Taggart formed the Chainsmokers. Independently they continue to work on other areas of music. Pall is both a trained pianist and experienced songwriter. Taggart, a longtime producer, continues to work with different artists to create their next album.