Alex Pall has been sitting within the mainstream for four years now, and despite all the success he is still trying to find identity amidst the backbeat. Pall is one half of the popular EDM duo the Chainsmokers, rounded out by fellow member Andrew Taggart. Pall and Taggart formed the group in 2012, toiling away for two years before breaking out with their first hit “#Selfie”. They have been on the rise every since, but it has happened so quickly that the duo still is trying to figure out who they are. They have made many discoveries so far, but at the present Pall does not feel their journey is complete. In fact, it may never be complete.
Pall believes that the Chainsmokers are at the point where every album needs to be a cohesive work. “You do not want to produce an album of songs that have nothing to do with each other”, Pall says. For Pall an album has to be a statement of identity, of who they are presently. Presently, the Chainsmokers is a hit EDM duo that pushes the boundaries of EDM. Their music is a mish-mash of indie, hip-hop, pop, and of course dance. Unlike other DJ’s the duo involves themselves heavily in songwriting, ensuring that each song relates to them. Andrew Taggart has also started singing lead vocals, an unheard of quality in EDM groups. Taggart’s singing began with 2016 single, “Closer”, and continues on today. Pall believes it is a step in the correct path for the group, as it enables them to personalize their music all the more.
Any musical group that finds success struggles with relevancy, trying to make their music stand the test of time. For Pall and Taggart, who really want to be considered as artists and not just DJ’s, making their music relevant is their constant struggle. Finding their identity, and allowing who they are to come through their music, is the direction the group wants to go.