Towards the end of the summer of 2016, the Chainsmokers, whom had already had a large amount of success in the previous year from songs such as “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Roses”, and “Selfie”; released their new song. This song: “Closer”, took some fans off guard as it featured something new and different, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart changed their style a bit, Taggard did vocals alongside featured artist, Halsey. This may have been the first song featuring this new style, but it can actually be reflective of the Chainsmokers’ idea from the beginning.
In an interview with Taggart, and Alex Pall, the duo discuss how since they met in New York several years ago; they have always wanted to do something different. The two were introduced back when they were finishing up the university, and Alex Pall describes their chemistry as perfect for making great music. The two began by DJing, with Taggart taking the main job, while Pall remained the key disc jockey. In EDM music, it is common for producers to get other artists to be featured as vocalists, the Chainsmokers did this, but were always involved in the writing of the lyrics. According to Pall, they wanted to make songs that involved what was going on in their life, and not just the person singing. From here, they began working on songs such as “Roses”; in which Taggart sang backup vocals, and helped write the song with ROZES.
This desire to make their voices heard, and not be hidden behind the instrumentals, is what Pall describes as their road to producing and making “Closer”. It was on this song that Taggart finally takes the front stage singing. As the Chainsmokers continue to make music, and sing and produce the songs, they could doctor a sound that is not only unique in the EDM industry, but it could also take them to places that many artists dream of.