Pull Me Closer: Alex Pall and Interview
In July of 2016, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of the Chainsmokers released their soon-to-be hit, “Closer,” with Halsey. In an interview with Interview Magazine Pall and Taggart discussed the infancy of their career, working with Halsey, and their fanbase.
Pall and Taggart met through their new manager. Both having an interest in dance music and DJing, their manager introduced the two, and Taggart notes “it was love at first sight.” They “immediately started working” and “grinding every day… until we hit our stride.”
They both “brought different [things] to the table.” Pall had DJ credentials, and Taggart brought production credits, but they were both realistic about the ideology and life cycle of the music industry insomuch that they “were both very observant about what was going on around [them] and who was killing it and what was working and what wasn’t.” So, the Chainsmokers spent much of the early part of their career “trying to shape an identity around this.”
They comment that they no longer want “make straight-up dance music anymore.” Instead, the Chainsmokers have begun to “blur the lines between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip-hop.”
While the Chainsmokers write alongside songwriters, the lyrics the Chainsmokers sing encapsulate their own stories. Taggart notes of “Closer” that “It’s about hooking up with my ex-girlfriend and, you know, being attracted to her at first and then as soon as we hooked up knowing exactly why I broke up with her.” Sometimes, Pall mentions, it is easier than other times, but “it’s always different, but its always us.”
Working with Halsey on “Closer” was “a huge step in the right director for us.” Pall comments that “she’s incredible,” and “if you had asked us over the last year who was an artist that we wanted to work with, Halsey was number one on that list.” They sing Halsey’s praises, and they comment that “Closer” was an attempt to “write a really unsexy sex song.”
Pall and Taggart feel pretty connected to their fans through social media. They note getting videos of children singing their songs and even their parents, and they enjoy that they “[transcend] age [groups].” They have taken the road by storm, expanding from their “#Selfie” crowd to a larger, international fanbase, and they will continue to“[push] new boundaries and [give] people new experiences.”