Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers says he grew up with aspirations of being a DJ. Once he moved to New York City to attend college he started playing at small events around the city. It was while he was still a student that it hit him that playing dance music was his passion in life. He left an art gallery job he had, as well as the university, and got serious about his craft. His manager hooked him up with someone else that he was managing, Drew Taggart, and since that time they have exploded in popularity.
Their first singles release was “#Selfie” and this was followed up by two huge hits which were “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses”. They first gained national attention and then went international. The Chainsmokers are a production and DJ band which diverges from others in their genre in a number of ways. Other dance bands, for instance, need to have other vocalists and songwriters in order to do their music. Alex Pall says that they write a good portion of their own lyrics and guide the rest. He says this makes their music a lot more personal as well as revealing about who they are and what they are really thinking. He says that they both want to be recognized as true artists at their craft rather than just someone creating beats behind a DJ booth.
When they first got together Alex Pall says that they swiftly went from working together a few times a week to working together every day from like 9 am to 7 pm. They worked on their music, figured out where they wanted to go with it, and further developed as artists. He says becoming better artists is very important to both of them. This isn’t just to pay the bills, although of course that’s an aspect of anyone’s professional life, but to instead do a lot more than just that. He likes it when people relate to what they are doing on a really deep level and come to understand their viewpoints on the things they sing and produce music about.