In an interview with Mathias Rosenzweig, DJs Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert of the band Chainsmokers give some perspective on the direction of the band.
Chainsmokers is constantly looking for ways to bring something new to the fans around the world. Pall credits the singing element incorporated in “Closer” with forcing the band to up the level of their stage performances. The duo are planning festivals as things continue to move forward and have already sold out their first one’s tickets several months in advance.
Already the band performs their songs live, however, they are still pushing the boundaries of their performances any way they can. Pall states that the worst thing that an artist can do is become complacent. He feels that constant progress, change, and creativity are the keys to staying at the top of the game.
Working with Halsey on the song “Closer” was an incredible experience, says Pall. He listed her as the top artist he wanted to work with. He feels that Halsey is unapologetically unique and those are the kinds of artists Chainsmokers want to work with. He also said that working with Halsey, along with having Taggert’s vocals on the song, is taking a big step in a good direction both in terms of the band’s identity and in the overall way the band is handling their music.
Instagram is receiving the credit for helping Pall to understand and connect with the growing audience of the band. Receiving messages from his fans worldwide detailing how different members of their families are affected emotionally by their music really drives him to continue honing his craft. For Pall, nothing is more important than the way music makes you feel.
Even with pressure from both fans and their label to pump out new material, Pall and Taggert want to wait until they have a solid, cohesive, album before they release something new. With their hands deep in the process of the songwriting as well as in producing, Chainsmokers is looking to have their next album be one that is both unified and heartfelt.