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The Chainsmokers: Summer and New Songs

The Chainsmokers are a pair of DJ’s and producers, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The two met in 2012 when Pall was looking for a new partner for his two-person band. They had a mutual friend in current band manager Adam Alpert, who thought the two would get along. They did, and formed the Chainsmokers. Their first live show was in September of 2014, opening for Timeflies at Terminal 5 in New York.

The Chainsmokers have had several years of consistent success since that show. They have released a full length album, “Memories…Do Not open”, which was #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Dance/Electronic Charts at the same time. They have released several EP’s as well, though their main output seems to be singles, often released for free on their website. They have many hit songs and collaborations with their singles releases, including their most recent release, “Side Effects.” The single, released at the end of July, features vocals by Emily Warren, a good friend and frequent collaborator of the Chainsmokers.

“Side Effects” is an example of a new direction for Pall and Taggart; they have been releasing some slower songs recently, but “Side Effects” is a faster, up-tempo song that they say represents summer.

Pall and Taggart prefer the songs where they get to express themselves about their feelings and lives, and “Side Effect” is an example of that as well. One thing contributing to the slower sound this was that many of their 2018 releases were written and recorded in winter. With summer now in swing they wanted to capture the feeling of that season, so they infused a disco sensibility to “Side Effects” and made it a more upbeat song, while keeping that personal sensibility intact.

In their live shows, the Chainsmokers have been experimenting with new things. They have gone from an almost exclusive set of having two guys behind DJ tables, but recently have added live musicians to their show. They are especially fond of having a live drummer. The two also bring their collaborating musicians on stage as often as possible.

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Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, Their Journey To The World Of Music

Alex Poll is an artist who hadn’t found that he was to create music as a passionate endeavor until he was standing in front of an art gallery, and it came as an ah ha moment that he needed to seriously pursue this line of business. At the time Alex was working a job up in New York, where he grew up cultivating the DJ as a lovable hobby.

His side job of music was only secondary income, and his music career hadn’t really taken off yet. It was at that time when his music manager told him a man by the name of Andrew Taggart was coming down to work with him, and that is when everything seriously launched. Andrew Taggart attended an institution for higher education right before starting to get into music fully.

He was engaged and interested in electronic music, and because of that he was often ridiculed for his style of attire. When Andrew left the school initially to finish his education in Los Angeles, the electronic music’s popularity scaled up faster then at that time. Simultaneously Andrew also produced musical compositions on Sound Cloud, and at live shows, thus perpetuating his eventual life direction in the music industry. He received by word of mouth that a member of The Chainsmokers left the group, thus leaving a spot open for a new participant.

Instead of Andrew going westbound to Los Angeles for the completion of his college degree, he paid for a bus to New York and met fellow musician Alex Pall. Together they immediately sparked as the two shared more in common then expected. They then studied music for four long years to become The Chainsmokers. Unlike other bands where they take it easy for one to three years, only to find that when they come back they lost a large amount of their fan base, The Chainsmokers do the exact opposite by constantly working on future projects.

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