Alex Pall Tells All

The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall told it all to interviewer Matthias Rosenweig recently, letting his fans in on a bit of his backstory, and telling them where he sees the group going in the future.


Pall started his career as a DJ, working various gigs in and around New York City before linking up with now-bandmate Andrew Taggart. The two made fast friends, and were soon spending full days in Alex’s apartment, each lending their own styles and tastes to create music they think people will love to hear. (View: The Chainsmokers New Song Video)


Pall also discussed working with Halsey on the hit song “Closer”. “She’s incredible,” he said gushing over the opportunity to work with the star. “If you had asked us over the last year who was an artist that we wanted to work with, Halsey was number one on that list. She’s a very cool and unique artist.”


And as for the key to their success, Alex Pall credits social media for spreading their work internationally. “We’re seeing places like the Philippines and South Africa” he told the interviewer, explaining that platforms like Instagram allow him to connect with fans and bring his music to groups that might never have had the chance to hear it otherwise. See This Page for related information.


He also says that the decision to actually write their own music and perform live separated them from another DJ’s trying to make it. “None of these people write the lyrics to their songs” Pall explains. “We work with songwriters too, but we write the songs with them—they’re about us. We sit in the room; we’re throwing our hands in. Some of the songs, we wrote the whole thing. Some of them, we’re there guiding it. It’s always different but it’s always us.”


The Chainsmokers, however, are not content with simply writing and performing their own music to set them apart from the pack. Pall said that they are looking to continue to push themselves and find new ways to connect with fans. “It’s all about being on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and giving people new experiences,” he says.


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