Alex Pall is a member of The Chainsmokers band. He grew up in New York, and being a DJ was his hobby, so he did it passionately as a side hustle. However, being in in a city and pursuing what felt like more of fun than a career was scary, hence combined DJing with working at an art gallery. He later realized that dance music was becoming such an integral part of his life, thus quit his job and pursued it full time. He was still working with this current manager, who introduced him to Drew, their current producer, and the work began.
It is while in New York when Alex met the other member of the duo, Andrew Taggart and they immediately started working. According to Pall, it was their passion, ambition, mutual values and ability to scan the music environment to build their own identity that has led to their success. Also, having social media marketing and a great producer like Drew has contributed much too.
Most times, Alex Pall and his partner write their lyrics, about their real lives, or sometimes work closely with songwriters to guide them on what they want the song to be about. At the moment, the duo is under pressure from fans to release an album. However, they feel that they wouldn’t want to have many songs in an album that are not interrelated. This kind of album releasing is all about building a different identity in the music industry.
Recently, the duo collaborated with Halsey on their hit song, “Closer”. Alex described her as an incredibly talented artist with a great personality, which makes her unique. They feel that with this song, they are moving in the right direction, especially having exchanged roles with the producer on the record, which is not common.
Previously, their music audience was between ages 16-25, but as evidenced by Instagram, their music is reaching people as young as 6 and as old as 40! Geographically, it has become more international, which shows that their music has transcended. The duo is flexible enough to change with the changing environment, though their performance element will not change. Alex Pall believes that being at the forefront of creating new and unique content is crucial in the very competitive music industry.