The Chainsmokers: Making Music for a Living

The Chainsmokers are a well-known DJ duo from New York comprised of Alex Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart. The two met through a mutual friend, band manager Adam Alpert, when Pall was looking for an experienced DJ for his two-person band. Pall and Taggart hit it off quickly and had a deep, easy chemistry between them. Taggart left his native Maine for New York, where Pall already lived, and after the two quit their day jobs they began to rehearse their technique and style like a full-time job. When they opened for Timeflies in September of 2014 at Terminal 5 they had already had over a year of practice spinning together, perfecting their synergy and sound.

Their first two releases were well-received EPs entitled “Bouquet” and “Collage”, respectively. In 2017 they released their first full-length album, “Memories…Do Not Open.” The album was a success, hitting #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Dance/Electronic charts at the same time. “Memories” has been hovering around the #1 spot ever since, tied with the Gorillaz “Demon Days” for the third most non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Dance/Electronic chart. With the staying power demonstrated by “Memories” it may end up surpassing “Demon Days” in the near future, if it hasn’t already.

The Chainsmokers put out another EP, “Sick Boy”, after “Memories.” They semi-recently announced another full length album in the works. The untitled record will likely come out in late 2018 or early 2019.

In between EP and LP releases the Chainsmokers put out a bevy of singles on their website, free for their fans. They like to experiment with other genres of music and often come up with songs they like but that don’t fit any album or EP project they have going. These singles not only show people that they are still regularly working on music, and keeps the band in the public eye even when they disappear into the studio. The Chainsmokers are big fans of collaborating with other musicians, such as DJ Tiesto and singer Halsey. They tour the country regularly when they aren’t recording.