A Long Time Running, Alex Pall

It wasn’t very long ago that if you mentioned Alex Pall, from The ChainSmokers! You would receive a more or less confused and befuddled face. I’m sure the two halves would feel the same not even 4 years ago, although back in 2012. The pair of dance music enthusiasts met each other through a mutual connection of Pall’s manager.

Pall a DJ working in New York City, in clubs, college venues, that kind of thing. The work was good but on the side of his actual job. It shortly became clear to Alex he wanted more from this business. Dance music was consuming his life, and everybody and their brother was doing DJ sets in New York at the same venues. After mentioning his want for more of a serious pull over Dance Music to his then and now manager. Andrew and Alex quickly met and immediately started working together.

Andrew Taggart, a producer from Maine still in college, had done a few sets of his own. Andrew or Drew as most people call him. Was also posting a bit on Sound Cloud. In Pall’s own words “an incredibly talented producer.” After meeting each other and working together for a short time. In Drew’s words “We just literally met and the next day started grinding every day in his apartment until we hit our stride, and four years later, here we are.” That was back in 2016, I wonder how they’re doing now! Let’s talk a little bit about the sweet side of becoming a world renowned Producer Duo.

Alex now owns and lives out of his home in the Hollywood Hills. Built in the 1930s, renovated in the 80s and 90s, his house had a distinctly industrial feel to it. As Alex’s designer puts it Ms. Peti Lau from New York. “The house had this built-in eclecticism.” Ms. Lau didn’t want to change this, and instead decided to work in each environment of the home, as it owns distinct area with different trademarks. The only area in his new home to be left almost untouched, was the bathroom. Which apparently taught Peti about design. In her own words, “This room really taught me that good design is eternal.” “Sometimes you can use inexpensive tiles and Venetian plaster for a little texture and create a killer bathroom”

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The Success Story of Alex Pall and The Chainsmokers as a Whole

Alex Pall, one of the Chainsmokers, bought a Hollywood Hills home which left people talking. It was built in the 1930s and was renovated in the 1980s and 1990s to give it a modern touch. It turned out to be a home every successful person would want to own. However, it wouldn’t be a complete home if he had not sought the help of the famous professional interior designer, Peti Lau.

Peti Lau’s interior design approach entailed treating each room as its own unique environment, color mixing and matching as well as incorporating Alex Pall’s art collection. This transformed the house into a castle-like home. The tropical brainstorm, the bedroom drama, the line and dine and the ‘Kitch’ in ‘Kitchen’, all came down nicely and in harmony to pay homage and house the one half of the Chainsmokers, the leading DJ band that recently released a hit song, “Closer”.

The highly anticipated track, “Closer”, was produced by the Chainsmokers and it featured the highly celebrated hit artists Halsey and Andrew Taggart, the one half of the DJ duo. For the first time, Mr. Taggart alongside Halsey sang as they sought to add a human element to their electronic landscapes. In an interview with Mathias Rosenweig, the Chainsmokers shared more about their music career.

“I was a DJ growing up”, said Alex Pall. It was all he wanted to do but at some point, he got a job at an art gallery. He worked with a person who introduced him to Andrew and their DJ career begun immediately afterwards. According to Mr. Pall, their ambitions and values matched, they worked hard to build a brand and the rest is history.

The world is changing. To continue staying relevant, you need to change with it, re-evaluate yourself, discover yourself, try new things and create music that people relate in a deeper level. According to Pall, that has kept the Chainsmokers going.

We are used to the norm that beat crafters, producers and DJs hide behind their DJ booths and their instruments. However, the Chainsmokers decided to break the norm by expressing their feelings and thoughts in their songs. They take part in writing lyrics of their songs and tell their real life stories through the songs. That might be the reason why their audience has expanded so much.

Pall said that their audience has expanded so much that people across all ages can relate and connect to their music. This shows that their music is impacting lives. Do you know how to tell whether you’re successful or not? Well, it’s by the number of lives you’ve impacted in a positive way and of course, owning a good home.

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The Chainsmokers Move in a New Direction

Straddling Top 40 pop and Electronic Dance Music, The Chainsmokers, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pell, have had extraordinary success since 2015 with such hits as “#Selfie”, the Grammy Award winning “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Closer” and “Something Just Like This”. They moved onto a new phase with the single “Sick Boy” which is distinctly darker than their earlier work. Taggart imparts that the darkness is out of frustration and some anger caused by fame and how other people characterize you who don’t know you and you become a caricature. So they determined to put it into their music. It’s an expression of what it’s like right now for someone of their generation. Also, people of their peer group using social media to express themselves and they concern themselves with taking it all so seriously and the anxiety it causes is conveyed through this darker, more somber phase.

Pall and Taggart find pushing themselves in this new direction exciting and getting too wrapped up in chart statistics and the like is not what it should be all about. It should be about making the best music they can.

They plan to keep pushing themselves and doing new and fresh things that can be scary, but they don’t want to produce music just because they think people will like it. They know what they want to say and they know what sounds good to them.

Taggart and Pell feel it’s important to balance out the fact that they’re kind of in-between pop and EDM and they’re going to be working with some fresh, young producers and they feel they complement each other very well.

Taggart was nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy, “1-800-273-8255”, that he wrote with rapper and songwriter Logic and he feels grateful to have been a part of something so positive. When Def Jam Recordings submitted the song for the Grammy nomination Taggart’s name was omitted. Fortunately, that was corrected and he did get credit for it.

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Alex Pall Talks About Creating A Unique Sound For The Chainsmokers

Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers was interviewed in July 2016 about the success of this musical duo. It was right after “Closer” was released which went onto huge success internationally. This song featured Halsey which is someone that Alex Pall said they had a really good time working with. The other member of The Chainsmokers is Drew Taggart who sang as well on this song.

That artists would sing their own songs seems pretty obvious to most people. However, most DJ acts these days don’t write their own songs and also don’t sing in them. Alex Pall says that he and Taggert are pretty involved in the writing of everything they produce and sing in most of them as wells. With some songs they write the actual lyrics while in other songs they help guide a professional songwriter on where they want a particular song to go.

By being so involved in writing their songs, Alex Pall says that it really helps as it creates more coherent albums than if they featured 12 songs by 12 different songwriters, for instance. They also want the songs to feature themselves as they don’t want to just be the faceless creators of music hidden behind a DJ booth and production stand.

Alex Pall says that when he and Drew Taggart started working together, introduced through both of their’s agent, they figured out pretty quickly what each of them could bring to The Chainsmokers. He says that they are both observant people and so when they went out and saw other DJ’s they could see what could work for them and what would not. They eventually shaped the identity of The Chainsmokers and formed their own sound to play.

Starting out, Alex Pall said that like most musical acts they sounded like other people’s stuff in their genre. There’s a ton of competition out there all looking to stand out in some way, he says. The Chainsmokers were able to do so by creating something that was intrinsically about themselves and their own lives while still being really relatable to fans of the duo.

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