Alex Pall and The Chainsmokers, have really began to transcend their career into a platform that reaches people of all ethnicities and ages. In an interview released before their hit single, “Closer,” Alex was questioned about his journey to stardom and what it was like coming from a small gig artist into an international icon. Alex talks about his struggle with finding himself in the music industry.
Although he loved dance music, he knew he wanted to touch people in a way that could blur the lines of musical genres. While doing small gigs in New York, his manager linked him up with the second half of The Chainsmokers, Andrew Taggart. Upon meeting one another, they had an instant connection. Alex says they literally began working on music together the next day. Once their connection was cemented, they wanted to form an identity for who they would become as artist. Alex and Andrew grew up listening to similar influences.
One day while on the tour, they were reminiscing songs from their early teen years. They listened to bands like Dashboard Confessional and Taking Back Sunday. After diving into these memories, Alex says he and Andrew really embraced that style of connection with their audiences. They agreed that music which touches you emotionally, through impactful lyrics, was going to be a much better way to tell the story of who they are as artist.
Alex reassures that he is still deeply rooted in the dance music scene, but yearned for a way to blur the lines between their original genre and genres that really moved people emotionally through relatable lyrics. Thus, came their hit single, Closer. Alex says that Closer was co-wrote by Andrew and their, “Buddy” on the tour bus. They wanted to write a story about a random meeting and hookup with an ex, which made them remember why they had broken up with them in the first place. Interestingly enough, Closer, has since become an international hit for men, women, and children of all ages.