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A “Closer” look at Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers

Following the release of “Closer” Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart sat down with Mathias Rosenzweig of Interview Magazine to discuss the bands particular brand of dance music, how their work has evolved with their rise to fame, and their future in the genre. Alex started DJing in New York as a hobby early in life, but didn’t really take it seriously until he was introduced to Andrew by their mutual manager. Soon after, Drew joined him in New York from his home in Maine, and together they began to pursue music in earnest. The duo was mutually driven to succeed and soon began to shape their identity around their music.

They pursued their passions with the knowledge that it wasn’t just a job, but a journey of self discovery. Their music wasn’t just a way to pay the bills, but a true expression of their core values that people could relate to on a much more intimate level. Artistry was paramount, and Alex was determined to make sure that the duo continued to try new things. Alex was quick to point out that many artists today don’t write lyrics to their own songs. He wanted to do more, and so the duo began to work with the songwriters.

Rather than slap together an album where the songs had nothing in common, the duo wanted to make a succinct production that broke out of the stereotypical DJ album mold. “Closer” provided the duo with the opportunity to not only show case their writing skills, as it was written and sung by Andrew, but also take a step in the right direction in terms of forming their own unique identity. Alex is in awe of the international attention the group has begun to garner on social media sites such as Instagram, and admits that its pretty exciting to see the groups music transcending age and borders. By performing live shows and creating new visual content, Pall hopes to remain at the forefront of the genre and push the boundaries of what it means to be a modern DJ.