Despite the Chainsmokers moving on to a different sound, their old sound is apparently still as popular as ever. The duo, which according to Alex Pall, decided they wanted to stop making dance music early on. Their debut album, “Memories… Do Not Open” had brought them much success, becoming a number one on the dance charts. To remain relevant the duo decided to evolve. Although since then they have had many charting singles and EPs, their one-and-only album has never left the top five.
“Memories… Do Not Open” has held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart concurrently since 2016. Billboard’s charts measure the most popular label records for every musical genre out there. “Memories… Do Not Open” is currently enjoying its thirty-fourth non-consecutive turn in the No.1 spot of the dance category. “Demon Days” a popular album by the Gorillaz is also holding this spot. The two albums are currently tied with each holding the same thirty-four turns. Memories shows no sign of slowing down, but Demon Days looks like its may have reached its peak. Many speculate that pretty soon the Chainsmokers album will hold third place alone. It is too soon to wonder if the album will go farther. The question is will the Chainsmokers?
The duo has released three singles in preparation for a new album, the album is called, “Somebody” and it has every possibility of following Memories’ lead. At present the duo is reeling from the success of their singles, “Sick Boy”, “You Owe Me”, and “Everybody Hates Me”. According to the band and numerous sources the singles are leading up to their second studio album titled, “Somebody”. The three singles are examples of the groups new sound, each containing a darker message aimed at present society. The songs’ messages are not typical of EDM, but the Chainsmokers have never been typical. Andrew Taggart took over lead vocals in 2016 with single “Closer”. Most DJ’s do not sing their music so his vocals were an innovation. The duo also takes part in songwriting, which is another innovation.
Mathias Rosenzweig from INTERVIEW MAGAZINE sat down to have a conversation with Alex Pall of the hit duo The Chainsmokers. In the interview, Rosenzweig asked how he and Andrew Taggart (the other half of the duo) started to work together. Pall replied by telling how DJing was a hobby of his while growing up. He grew up in New York City where DJing was just side work that he was passionate about. Pall noted that it was while at an art gallery that he realized that he needed to give dance music a proper shot. His manager was the one who introduced him to Taggart and that they moved to Maine to get started on their career. In the interview, Taggart stated that he was in college right before he met Alex and had then taken an interest in DJing. When asked how they knew it would work out after meeting each other, Pall replied, “I think we both initially knew what we brought to the table.” He went on to talk about how they chatted about what they liked musically and what they were into growing up. Pall noted that he and Taggart both were observant about what was working and what wasn’t in the music industry. It was evident to the two that they were very compatible to work together. Rosenzweig went on and asked if being a DJ duo and working in the electronic music genre if it was hard to build an identity as artists. Andrew Taggart replied that it was yes and no since each artist brings different sounds together. In the interview, Pall talks about working alongside Taggart to create such unique sounds. He talked about how Halsey was incredible when they collaborated on “Closer” together. It is evident that the duo has a fun time working together. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are both happy with their career and cannot wait to see what happens. They closed telling us that with their music, they want to break boundaries and to give fans new experiences.