During his interview with Andy Warhol’s Interview, Alex Pall opened up about the genesis of The Chainsmokers and what motivates the music and method behind their unique brand of electronic music. Pall met up with his full-time collaborator and other half of The Chainsmokers while DJing in New York City and according to Pall, the creative chemistry was immediate.
“I think we both initially knew what we brought to the table” Pall said of the duos early meetings. As the band grew they knew that to reach the level they desired would require full-time dedication and focus. The band met nearly everyday often putting in long hours as they worked to develop as collaborators and artist. The benefits began to show almost immediately. “People relate to our music on such a deeper level, and we want that to be the case more and more,” Pall says.
Part of this development led to the bands decision to directly contribute songwriting and vocals to the music they were creating, an anomaly among electronic artists. The band finds that this is a further way to connect with their audience. “We work with songwriters too but we write the songs with them—they’re about us,” said Paul of the bands decision to write and sing their own lyrics adding “It’s always different but it’s always us.”
This connection casts a wide net. Pall notes that, with Social Media, its easy for artists to see the demographic that their work is resonating with and Pall is seeing that this is a growing and diverse audience. Pall recognizes the importance of this. “[It’s] really cool because it shows that our music is transcending age in general.”
Between playing ever evolving live shows for increasingly large and diverse audiences and collaborating with big names in the industry such as Halsey. The Chainsmokers aren’t straying from the hard-work that got them where they are today Pall assures, adding “We’re at that point where we really need to nail down who we are today and make a cohesive body of work that illustrates that.”