The Chainsmokers is an American Electronic Dance Music Band that comprises of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Alex Pall was born and raised in New York where he went to the university and worked in an art gallery while doing part-time DJing. On the other hand, Andrew Taggart was born in Maine and attended the Syracuse University while working at Interscope Records as an intern and a DJ on the side. In the year 2009, Adam Alpert, the manager to Alex Pall decided to form a band with Alex Pall and his close friend Rhett Bixler. Due to their closeness, the band did not take off, Bixler quit after a very short time. While at Interscope Records, Andrew heard that Adam Alpert was looking for a replacement for Bixler and decided to leave Maine and move to New York. Adam was impressed with his work, so he introduced him to Alex Pall and the two have been making music together ever since.
The rise of the Chainsmokers in the music industry
In the year 2012, when the band was just starting out, the two got the chance to work with indie bands for which they made music. They collaborated with India’s Priyanka Chopra on two singles that did so well. However, it was until the year 2014, when the two released their debut single called Selfie that they were introduced to the world as the Chainsmokers. According to the band, Selfie was their breakthrough. After the release of Selfie, they got the chance to do their first live show as an opening act for the Timeflies. That same year, they released Kanye and Let You Go which also did remarkably on the charts. These singles caught the attention of Disrupt Records, a unit of the Sony Music Entertainment which then signed the band.
In the year 2015, the band released Roses which received platinum certification in several countries and was a huge success commercially for the band. Other songs like Don’t Let Me Down and Closer also made it big. The band eventually released their debut album in April 2017 and the album got a platinum certification in less than a year.