Alex Pall is one half of the collective known as The Chainsmokers. He met his musical partner in 2014 when his former partner bailed on him; his manager introduced him to Andrew Taggart, a music producer from Maine.
After the release of their most popular song to date, “Closer,” Alex Pall sat down for an interview with the late Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. The interview revolved around questions about the singer Halsey, the new single, and Andrew Taggart’s future role with the band.
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But the first topic of the interview was Pall and Taggart’s origin story. Pall was DJing around New York City, and Andrew Taggart was doing the same up north. Pall’s manager, who also knew about Taggart, introduced them. The two became a working unit almost instantly.
“We met and just immediately started working,” said Pall.
Pall continued, explaining how the band was certain they could co-exist as partners.
“I think we both initially knew what we brought to the table,” Pall proclaimed. “Then it became a chat about how drive and ambitious we were.”
Alex Pall concluded his answer by praising his musical partner, calling him an “incredibly talented producer.”
The interview then asked if it was difficult being a producing duo, and Andrew Taggart, who was also present for the interview chimed in.
“I think yes and no,” Taggart began. ” He went on to explain that began there was so much music that sounded the same, and it became impossible to identify particular artists, they decided to move away from dance music. This is why they started creating genre blending hit songs.
Halsey was also mentioned during the interview, with Alex Pall calling her incredible. “Closer,” the song which features Halsey, also features Andrew Taggart on vocals. This is the first time either of The Chainsmokers have performed vocals on their own song, further innovating their sound.