The Chainsmokers became an important name in the music industry after the release of their breakthrough single #Selfie in 2014. The song ended up being a top 20 single in a number of countries and attracted attention to the group. The duo consists of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall and, according to Taggart, they blur the lines between dance music, indie, pop music, and hip-hop. They cited acts like deadmau5 and Linkin Park as influences, and bands like Explosions in the Sky and Blink-182 when it comes to acts that inspired their songs.
As he was growing up, Alex Pall was DJing around New York City, trying to make a name for himself, but he considered it more just a side work and a hobby that he was passionate about, rather than a job. Once he decided to give his career a proper shot, his manager introduced him to Andrew Taggart, who he was also managing. The two started working immediately after meeting each other.
The two worked on shaping their sound after understanding what they both liked musically and how driven and ambitious they were. They worked every day on creating their identity as artists, but despite their 9 AM to 7 PM schedule, they did not want to treat it like a job. Pall notes that they continue push themselves hard in order to become better artists, and despite stating that it is their job and that it pays their bills, he also considers it much more than that. Pall mentions that people relate to The Chainsmokers’ music on a deeper level, and they want that to be the case more and more.
Pall considers their career to be a constant journey of self-discovery, as the act became much bigger what people could have imagined, and in order to stay engaged and interesting they have to keep trying new things. When talking about their live shows, Alex Pall notes that the performance element of their show is only getting bigger, and they plan on taking the production further as well, and the fact that they perform their songs live transcends the typical DJ.