The Chainsmokers are an extremely popular EDM / Pop duo made up of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall. 2018 has been a really successful year for them, so much in fact, that they are landed at the number two position on the list of the World’s Highest-Paid DJs. They beat out some really famous names in the EDM genre, including Diplo and David Guetta. In all the success of their three year residency deal with Wynn Nightlife and there popular tracks “Closer” and “Something Like This,” it doesn’t seem like the popularity or the success for the Chainsmokers will be burning out anytime soon.
In 2018, the total earnings of the Chainsmokers success is estimated at $45.5 million. This is due to the residency and having huge success with recently released singles. Although they do have several recently release singles, they are still experiencing success on their debut album, Memories…Do Not Open. It has been well over a year since the release of this album, and it is still number one on Billboard’s Top Dance and Electronic Chart. This means that The Chainsmokers are tied with the Gorillaz’s album Demon Days for the third place for the most weeks at number one on the Dance and Electronic Chart’s history. It’s pretty certain to say that the tie will be broken soon, especially since the Gorillaz’s album does not get that many spins anymore, but the Chainsmokers are still releasing music and reaching new fans by the day.
This year, The Chainsmokers have had a little more competition to deal with, especially with the EDM genre becoming increasingly popular. There have been several new and upcoming artists that are releasing albums that have went to the number one spot, like Calvin Harris’ album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. His album took over the number one sport for at least a few months. And another act, Avicii, who is from Sweden and also a great in the EDM genre, has recently popped back onto the charts as well. With all this competition, however, any time The Chainsmokers release a single or an album, you can be sure that it will definitely make its way to the number one spot, thus increasing their chances of holding down their record-breaking success.
The chainsmokers have been successful in their hits “Roses” and “Don’t let me down.” But they have recently paired with the amazing, Halsey, and created their most popular hit yet. Their song was called “Closer” and it became known as one of the biggest songs of 2016. The two members of the chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, are hoping that their new music will reach more people and that their audience will increase.
As Alex Pall explains it from his point of view. Before he was famous, he was just a typical man with a hobby. DJing was considered his hobby at the time, and he had a small career from it in New York City where he lived. DJing felt more like fun than it did a career to him, which mate it intimidating. Then one day, while he was at an art gallery, he realized that he wanted to pursue DJing and make a career out of it, and so his manager introduced him to Andrew and they immediately got to work.
From Andrews point of view, He was a regular college student with a love for electric music and he had an interest in DJing. He created some music and started getting into production, so he produced a couple of songs and put them out on SoundCloud, and he played in a couple of shows which encouraged him to continue. He continued to watch many DJs becoming successful and it inspired him. He lived in Maine, but he had planned to move to L.A. after college and pursue DJing. Finally, his break came when a kids who worked for Alex’s manager told him that a duo named the chainsmokers needed another man to play in their shows. He immediately hopped on a bus and headed to New York. As soon as he met Alex they started working, and the rest became history.
The world of music is unceasingly changing, improving, growing and continually transforming. This statement is best observed in the kind of music that The Chainsmokers has experienced. The music production duo popularly known as The Chainsmokers has been smashing the airwaves, but in the latest report from Forbes, we can read that The Chainsmokers is upending their reputation of being a mainstream artist and now trying to transform their brand. They’re now trying to become a bit edgy, and are trying to make their music “darker than ever.”
The New Phase
The Chainsmokers is not new to success, but with the type of stellar growth they have gained lately, it’s little wonder why we can observe them be doing something different than usual. Taggart and Pall are the two men behind the name The Chainsmokers, and with their darker tone and interest for their new single, there’s much excitement to expect from their fans.
In the interview from Forbes, we also learned that there’s a lot of frustration from the DJ duo in creating this new phase of their career. Taggart even shared in the interview that because of the expectations people have of their music, it might be a bit difficult for them to deviate from their usual genre that they’re stereotyped.
About The Chainsmokers
It’s better to start the bio of The Chainsmokers by saying that it is an American DJ/production duo that consists of Alex Pall and his loyal partner Andrew Taggart. With their dynamic duo and powerful songs, they’re able to hit the charts, gain success and always become a part of Top 50 Lists on various billboards.
One of the most striking and breakthrough songs that The Chainsmokers was able to successfully put out there is the 2014 song #Selfie. It was such a sensational song that it stayed in the lists of Billboards for several weeks, even months.
They’re also not new to awards. Some of the outstanding awards that they received include two American Music Awards and five awards from the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Their debut studio album is called Memories…Do Not Open, which was released in April 2017.
Over a year ago, the chainsmokers, an edm duo consisting of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, came onto the scene with a string of dance hits such as “Closer” and “Don’t let Me Down.” The duo had met in New York several years ago, and after connecting on ideas and passion, began to work on DJing and producing music. Taggart always said that the two had a drive to change the EDM scene and create a sound that no one else had. There first hits fell short of this; as it was important to make hits that would gain attention and put them on the map. This worked well as the chainsmokers gained recognition with hits such as “Selfie,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Roses.
However, it wasn’t until 2016, that the chainsmokers released there soon to be biggest hit: Closer. Closer took an interesting turn from the other songs; it featured Taggart joining Halsey in singing in the song. This in many ways marked a turn in their sound, and popularity. Taggard and Pall reached unrivaled success in the 2016-2017 year, as their sound went less straight dance music, and more vocal pop with EDM elements. Though it has been only a year since the Chainsmokers revamped their sound with Closer, and Paris; they are now back at changing their sound.
According to Drew Taggart, they had always wanted to create a sound and message that resonates with the current status of culture and society. It was for this reason, that the duo released “Sad Boy” and “You Owe Me”, these songs take a very different turn from anything previously recorded. The songs are dark, more lyrical, and go for a less EDM sound. According to Taggart, this sound is their reaction to the status of culture and sentiments inside of America and the world. The duo have a passionate belief that music is meant to symbolize society and people’s feelings; this new sound, though unpopular with some long time fans, marks their attempt to discuss and show the state of affairs inside of America.