The Chainsmokers have been a mainstream EDM duo since the successful release of their first hit single, “#Selfie”. “#Selfie” came out in 2014, forming the breakthrough that would finally get Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart noticed. Since then it has been all roses, as the duo has churned out hit after hit. They have worked with a slew of talented artists, and are regulars on Billboard’s Top 100 lists. They also push boundaries, stand apart from the rest of the EDM world. In their 2016 release “Closer” Andrew Taggart took the lead vocals mike. This is something DJ’s within the spectrum of EDM do not do. They do not provide their own vocals, they have actual vocalist for that. This is but one example of the duos desire to become artists. Alex Pall explained it all in a recent interview.
Pall told the Interview Magazine that it is a constant journey of self-discovery. He and Taggart push themselves to improve as Artists, a trick both men state is difficult inside the EDM genre. EDM is rife with remixes, and sometimes you will find twenty to thirty versions of the same song. The difficulty lies in stepping out and making music that does not sound like what is currently popular. “In order to stay interesting and engaged you have to try new things” Pall stated.
The duo is definitely doing that. Andrew Taggart’s lead vocals are not the only revolutionary thing within the Chainsmoker’s repertoire. They are also involved with their songwriting. This is another area that EDM DJs seldom go. In his interview Pall described it as a desire to relate to their listeners on a deeper level. By becoming part of the songwriting process the duo makes their music personalized. The connection between artists and listener strengthens. In fact, the latest songs produced by the duo focus more and more on their real lives. Pall was asked about the uniqueness of their songwriting and Taggart’s lead singing, the recording artist had a simple answer. “Why Not?”
The 2018 Billboard Music Awards took place on May 20th, 2018. All of this years top artists in the music industry were in attendance; several artists were given the honor of presenting, and others won the prestigious awards that were given to the most deserving. However there was one seat in the audience that was sadly left empty. Earlier this year well known and respected DJ, Tom Bergling, DJ name Avicii, took his own life at the young age of 28. Avicii was a talented and beloved Swedish DJ and producer, and three artists who were given the honor of presenting awards took a special moment to remember his life.
Alex Pall along with his co-artist Andrew Taggart are the members of The Chainsmokers. While presenting an award alongside their friend Halsey, the EDM Djs told thousands of viewers at the awards ceremony that Avicii was “an artist who inspired so many in so may ways and meant so much to us and the EDM community.” Being an EDM DJ himself, Avicii helped mentor the Chainsmokers and was a guiding force in how they found their sound. Hip-hop artist Halsey was also deeply affected by the passing of Tim Bergling. According to her, everyone who came around Bergling felt nothing but joy which, according to her, made his passing all the more tragic and painful.
Later in the Evening the Chainsmokers won the coveted award for Top Dance/ Electronic Act. The pair took the stage to accept their award, and for the second time that night took time to honor their late friend. They knew Avicii struggled with depression during his time on earth, and though they were deeply saddened by the end of his life they expressed hope that he finally found peace. Once the pair accepted their award they dedicated it back to Bergling; saying that he was a man who made them believe they could make their dreams of being musicians a reality. The artist inspired many and influenced this generation of music, pop music particularly. Though he is missed, we all hope he rests in peace.