When the Chainsmokers formed in 2012 they barely knew each other. Introduced by mutual friend Adam Alpert, who also manages the duo, Alex Pall needed a second DJ for his duo. Andrew Taggart knew Alpert as well and Alpert thought they’d made a good fit, so he introduced them. The chemistry was instant and the Chainsmokers was formed. Taggart moved from Maine to New York City, both quit their day jobs and they began DJing together every day for up to 10+ hours a day.
In 2014 they got their first live gig and the next year they released their debut EP, “Bouque.” In the years since then they have released a couple more EPs (“Collage” and “Sick Boy”) and a full-length album (“Memories…Do Not Open”) in addition to numerous singles.
The duo have a philosophy when it comes to how they release music: Release it in the format they think it will be best in. What this means is that they look at their music and determine where it fits best. They like their albums and EPs to have a consistency to them, whereas the singles can be released to stand on their own as they tend to be more unique in their sound.
This allows them to experiment more with music. Pall and Taggart are both fans of much more than dance music and they like to integrate these interests into their music by splicing elements of other genres into their songs. They also like to collaborate with other DJs such as DJ Tiesto and Halsey, in addition to many others. Taggart himself has done some vocals for a couple of songs. These singles have dealt with experiences and feelings from real life the duo wanted to write about, moving the songs past being dance tunes.
The Chainsmokers take a similar view for their live shows. After a poorly reviewed live show on MTV in 2016 the duo has stepped its live game up. They now put a lot more heart and work into each individual show, trying to give their fans a unique performance instead of just a rote DJ set.