Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are The Chainsmokers. They are most known for their hit songs “Paris,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and now “Closer.” As producers of EDM music they have made quite a name for themselves, but now they are branching out, expanding their scope and moving on to new things.
“Closer” marks Andrew Taggart’s first time providing vocals for his band. Alongside the singer Halsey, Taggart sings a duet about two young individuals in love who have financial differences. The has garnered over two billion views on YouTube since its release.
The Chainsmokers didn’t make the decision to put Taggart behind a microphone lightly; they noticed that their show was a bit awkward and wanted to change things up. The Chainsmokers used speakers to play the vocals to their songs during their live shows because The Chainsmokers used so many guest singers. It was impossible for all of the guest artists to join The Chainsmokers on tour. With Andrew Taggart as lead singer and front man, The Chainsmokers no longer have this problem.
In an interview, Alex Pall was asked what it was like to work with Halsey. “She is incredible,” Pall announced. “Halsey was number one [on our list of singers we wanted to work with.]”
Just because The Chainsmokers have never sang the vocals until now, that doesn’t mean they don’t write their own music. A majority of the songs produced by The Chainsmokers are also written by them, taking moments from their real lives and writing about them. “Closer” was written by Andrew Taggart and a friend of The Chainsmokers on the tour bus.
In an interview, Pall explained that The Chainsmokers are in touch with their fan base. Thanks to social media, specifically Instagram, The Chainsmokers are able to talk and interact with their fans. Alex Pall explained that The Chainsmokers have fans from all over the world. “We’re seeing places like the Philippines and South Africa,” Pall said. Their demographics are almost evenly split between girls and boys, but their fan base primarily consists of individuals between the ages of 16 and 25.