Alex Pall was recently interviewed after releasing the song “Closer” which features Halsey. Pall spoke about working with Halsey, calling her incredible. Halsey was number one on their list of artists that The Chainsmokers desperately wanted to work with, so finally being able to do so was awesome for them. She was so high on the list because of who she is. She’s unique and has a very strong voice, but beyond that Pall calls her “un-apologetically her” which is just the kind of artist that The Chainsmokers like to work with.
Closer was their first song that featured one of the duo singing on their own tracks instead of just featuring other artists. This was a big step in the right direction for The Chainsmokers, and also a huge step in finding their own identity as music artists. The song was completely written by Andrew Taggart and one of their friends while they were touring as well.
Since forming, their audience has expanded quite a bit, making their identity even harder to pin down. They originally were just a DJ duo for college kids, but now their audience has people over 30 and under 15 in it, which means on their tours, they now have to actually think about their shows. Pall doesn’t want to just put on a set list and blast it for the audience like they used to do, he wants to actually perform these awesome songs for the people.
With that in mind, the duo have been changing the way their live shows work. There has always been some performance element to their shows, but now that Taggart is singing on their tracks, it is going to be different. They’re currently putting on a festival type show, with a lot of production, short acts, and their DJing. Their first show at Red Rocks sold out 7 months in advance, proving that they are definitely moving in the right direction with their showmanship. Unlike other DJs now a days, The Chainsmokers have always performed their songs live, the singing just adds a new element to that.