Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers says that early in life he developed an interest in being a DJ. Doing this started out as a hobby for him and while attending college it developed into a side gig for home. While working at a New York City art gallery it hit him one day that being a DJ was his passion in life. He made the decision that he wanted to give being a DJ his best shot and talked to his manager about how to go about it. His manager had a producer named Drew Taggart who lived in Maine at the time. At that point he quit his job at the art gallery and started his musical career full-time.
After Alex Pall started working with Drew Taggart they learned that they meshed very well and wanted to pursue the same thing in their careers. They were playing a lot of shows around New York at the time. They also kept an eye on other DJs in this city so they could see who was a really good DJ and/or producer and what was working well for them. They also kept an eye out for trends that weren’t panning out all that well. He says that eventually this led to them creating their own identity as a dance music duo.
One of The Chainsmokers biggest hits is “Closer“. This was performed with Halsey. Alex Pall says that he really enjoyed working with her and found her to be pretty incredible. Halsey had been on his and Drew Taggart’s radar for over a year and she was the first person on their list of someone to work with. Alex Pall says that her voice is really strong and she is her own distinct person.
He says that he uses Instagram to keep tabs on who is listening to The Chainsmokers. He also said that their fanbase is becoming more international and he is seeing new fans pop up in Southeast Asia as well as in Africa. Alex Pall also said that about half their fans are guys and they are hitting the 16 to 25 demographic really well.