Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart were introduced in 2012 by mutual friend Adam Alpert. Pall was in New York City and needed a partner for his DJ duo the Chainsmokers. Alpert, also the duos manager, thought the two would be a good match. They were introduced and hit it off immediately. Taggart and Pall both quit their jobs, Taggart made the move to New York from Maine and they began practicing full-time. By 2014 they were doing live shows and putting out EPs.
Their first two major releases were the EPs “Bouquet” and “Collage.” A full-length album, “Memories…Do Not Open” followed and they have released a bevy of singles during the last few years. It might seem like an odd release format but the Chainsmoker have a method to this.
Rather than throw a bunch of unrelated songs together and call it an album, Pall and Taggart prefer a more measured, thought-out approach. If they put a group of songs together for an EP or album then those songs have to be related, or at least relevant, to each other. They don’t call it a “concept album” as they don’t go that far with the planning but they do want some relation to each other for the content.
This is why they put out so many singles. Many of their songs are individual and they release them as such rather than just pile up another album. Many of their singles are released for free and become big hits.
They also explore different genres of music besides dance. their singles are often a melding of dance and other genres to create something different. They collaborate with different singers and DJs to help build a more varied body of work. Taggart himself defied dance tradition by providing vocals on some of their songs himself.
The Chainsmokers try and bring this philosophy and energy to their live shows as well. They don’t simply spin some records in a set and call it a day: They put their energy and effort into providing a unique show for their fans each time they perform live.