Still Blazing The Dance Chart: The Chainsmokers

Although The Chainsmokers Broke into the musical scene and blazed charts across several countries with their 2014 hit offering “#selfie” they had much more to offer the listeners. The New York city based Chainsmokers have proven to have created an unforgettable debut Album.

“Memories… Do Not Open” hijacked the dance floor upon its release on April seventh of last year and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Their album has earned them millions of fans worldwide and is labeled a must have by EDM aficionados.

Who Are The Chain Smokers?

This EDM Pop duo consists of Alexander “Alex” Pall the DJ and Andrew Taggart the main voice, writer and producer of the group. They were introduced by a mutual associate and friend in 2012 and began by creating remixes of indie music. That led to them working in conjunction with various artist.

Along the way they tweaked and formulated what would become the sound that has defined them. They admit they have been inspired by artist like Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Blink-182, among others.

Where Did They Come Up With The Name?

When asked about the origin of their name Alex Pall responded,”I don’t even remember, I think we had a show and we had to choose something.”

Their Reign At The Top

They currently have the distinction of ruling at the pinnacle of Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. The twelve tracks provide a forty-three minute and nineteen-second escape into their self-described “blend of melodic and emotional house music.”

They understand what party people and club goers want to hear. Although their position has fluctuated on the chart it has always remained well within the top 10.

What’s Next

Since the release of “Memories… Do Not Open” the pair have released various singles and collaborations. On April of this year, they release their Sick Boy EP.

They are constantly touring globally with no end in sight. It’s interesting to see what lies ahead because every time they’re bumped from the top position they find a way to regain their king of the hill status and blaze the charts.

Alex Pall Shares How He Got His Start As A DJ

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.