The Chainsmokers are a DJ duo comprised of Alex Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart. They are based in New York, having met through a mutual friend in 2012 and easing into an effortless chemistry immediately. Pall was looking for a new partner for his DJ duo and Adam Alpert, the current band manager who introduced the two, thought they’d be a good fit. When they were both quit their day jobs and Taggart moved from Maine to New York so the Chainsmokers could practice full time to work out their chemistry and sound.
They practiced and perfected their sound for over a year, playing their first live show in September of 2014. they opened for Timeflies at Terminal 5 in New York. Soon after they release a pair of EPs, first “Bouquet” and then “Collage”, before their first full-length album “Memories…Do Not Open” came out in 2017.
“Memories…Do Not Open” has had an unusually long run in popular music circles, still being a perennial top 5 charter on the Billboard Dance/Electronic charts. It is tied for third place for the most non-consecutive weeks at #1 with “Demon Days” by the Gorlillaz. This position may soon be Pall and Taggart’s alone as “Memories” shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The Chainsmokers released another EP after “Memories…Do Not Open” entitled “Sick Boy.” They also have an unnamed full-length album in the works to be released later in 2018 or early 2019. In between longer releases the duo of Pall and Taggart put out many singles, most of them for free on their website.
They enjoy releasing singles with no connection to other works on an album. This way they can let some songs stand on their own while saving similar themed tracks for EP or album releases. Their singles stretch the bounds of dance/electronic music as they enjoy experimenting with other genres on these stand-alone songs. They also collaborate with other DJs such as DJ Tiesto and different musicians, like singer Halsey. They like working with other musicians as it helps expose them to new recording methods.