The Chainsmokers have a lot to celebrate this year. So far 2018 has been a mish mash of both old and new triumphs for the DJ duo out of New York. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have worked themselves hard with a slew of new singles. Despite the success of these new songs, it’s the older fare most people cannot stop talking about. Specifically, the landmark success of 2016. This was the year of their first album and their huge hit “Closer”. “Closer” which featured then up-and-comer Halsey went further than anyone ever thought. An instant hit it went on to top the charts, solidifying the Chainsmokers as legitimate artists, and making the career of Halsey as well. Two years later the song is still going, and it has traveled all the way to diamond certification.
Diamond platinum certification is reserved for singles and albums that sell over ten million copies. As each platinum plated record symbolizes a million units sold, ten million equal ten times platinum. The RIAA likes to refer to this as diamond certified and it is a feather many artists want in their cap. It is a tremendous accomplishment for all three artists and a true testament for what may be their biggest hit of all time. “Closer” is perfect mix of personal insight, catchy lyrics, tight sound, and great vocals. The song features Taggart on lead vocals, and is the seminal single that fully established the Chainsmokers in the music industry.
Pall and Taggart had been mainstream for two years when “Closer” debuted. The duo broke out with another hit single, “#Selfie” back in 2014. Despite their success, the duet had yet to pull away from the EDM world and become celebrated artists. “Closer” accomplished that, arriving during the summer and quickly taking on a life of its own. It netted many accomplishments becoming the fourth longest running No.1 in U.S. History, and the top single on the Hot 100. The song also earned the artists a Grammy nomination. Among these accolades was the most important one. Pall and Taggart were finally appreciated as artists.
Nowadays, The Chainsmokers are a household name but their pervasive fame and fortune didn’t transpire overnight. So just how was the DJ and production duo able to achieve such worldwide fame so quickly? Mathias Rosenzweig recently sat down with Alex Pall to discuss the origins of their musical career, how they’ve dealt with their fame over the years and what lies ahead in their future. The two first crossed paths in the big apple when Taggart was matriculating at Syracuse University and Pall was still a fledgling DJ taking gigs in and around the city. After Pall’s manager introduced them, they began working together on a regular basis and, before they knew it, they dropped their first hit single, Selfie. A short while later, they released their next hit single, Roses, and it wasn’t long before the DJ and production duo had become a household name. The rest, as they say, is musical history.
What makes them unique is the fact that they actually sing on their own songs but Alex has insisted it’s necessary as the music pertains to his life. He also had a great time collaborating with Halsey as he discussed what a cool, unique and individual artist she is. They also feel a sense of closeness with their demographic which used to be mostly college students but has since expanded to include people of all ages. And they don’t take any of their fame for granted.
Pall made it quite clear how grateful he is for everyone who loves and listens to their songs. Their live shows have continued to evolve alongside the ever-changing music industry. They are particularly proud of the fact that, unlike many artists, they actually sing live during their concerts. And they’re planning on sticking around for as long as possible as Pall believes that if he took a hiatus and returned to the music scene a few years later, things just wouldn’t be the same. So we wish them the best of luck on the future of their music and hope they have continued success in the future of their career.