In an interview published on July 28, 2016, Mathias Rosenzweig sat down with the popular band “The Chainsmokers”. Consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart.
During the interview they took time to discuss how they started, how they knew they would work well together, and the different struggles they would have to face in their genre of music.
An employee of Alex’s manager is the one to be thanked for starting this DJ duo. He knew that Alex was flying solo after he had let go of his last partner. So he had told Andrew, who was interning at Interscope, he needed to go, and he went.
Both Alex and Andrew started out as having DJing as a side gig. While Alex was the one taking on DJ gigs, Andrew bought his producing skills to the table. Alex moved to New York City when he decided to take his career to the next level. Andrew, from Syracuse to The Big Apple once they decided to team up.
In the interview they go on to discuss how it “was love at first sight”. They both had the same type of goals, same attitude and determination. They agreed that it was a constant journey to self-discovery.
Rosenzweig asks if it was difficult to form an identity in the electronic genre. They state there are some difficulties, because they started out formating and recovering the same song thirty different times, just to find their strong suits. After doing that for a while and gaining a little insight on howto best showoff their best music features, they decided to kick it in high gear and create their own music.
When they started the creation of “Closer”, they got to work with the well known artist, Halsey. Alex shares his absolute love for the artist! He adores her creativity and unique personality. The song came from Andrew and one of their friends just riding on the tour bus. They wanted to sing about “shit that really happens” and thus, the unsexy, sex song was born.
At the end of this interview, they state they will continue to push new boundaries to create the music we want to hear.