The Chainsmokers: A “Closer” look

Having heard a majority of EDM songs on the radio, and not being able to distinguish who produced them, or was involved in them; identity is an issue in EDM and electronic music. It is for this reason that Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the founding members of the EDM group, are have released their new song “Closer.” Sitting down with Interview Magazine, Taggart and Pall said that this song will be different from their previous hits “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses”; Taggart will be singing.

This change is the beginning of the duo’s attempt to put intimacy and identity in their music.

Taggart and Pall met in New York City, both getting into the DJing scene after seeing the popularity and fun lifestyle it carried with it. Taggart went to Syracuse, and moved to New York afterwards. The two were introduced by mutual friends, and after a night of talking, decided to begin working and recording together. Within a day, they began producing. The two immediately began discussing their identity, and wanted to find a way to stand out from the other artists; they noticed that EDM was all sounding the same.

They gained international recognition with the song “#SELFIE”, and then “Roses”, and the Grammy winning “Don’t Let Me Down.” While the songs gained recognition, the two had not “blurred the lines”, as Pall says he hoped they would. After touring and continuing to work on their style, the two began working on their new song “Closer” along with popular singer Halsey. Halsey wrote some of the song, but Taggert didn’t just write the rest, but he took up a majority of the vocals on the track.

Being a kid from Maine that went to school at Syracuse, he wanted to reflect his feelings as a kid dating and being around superficial individuals. Pall describes “Closer” as them describing their emotions they felt in college, dealing with rich girls, and trying to fit in. By conveying their feelings in this song, the world has found out about the Chainsmokers, that is big.

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