Yesterday the Chainsmokers released “Closer”, which is their new track. The track is highly anticipated and features their new star named Halsey. The thing that makes this song unique is that Andrew Taggart is singing, unlike in “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”.
Typically an artists that sings in their own song is common place. But this is unexpected for the pair of Alex and Andrew, along with their DJ Contemporaries. They typically rely on vocalists and songwriters to add a human element to their electronic compositions. This desire to personalize their brand of electronic dance music coincides with the desire and ambition to become recognized artists with emotions, feelings, and ideas, as opposed to beat craters who hide behind a DJ booth all of the time. There are artists such as deadman5 who wish to relatively remain anonymous, and do so by hiding behind synths and drops. Andre and Alex strive to make themselves part of their music, which is uncommon in an industry and music genre that is typically devoid of emotion.
Alex Pall was a DJ while he was growing up, and it was a part time job for him, as well as a hobby. He was mainly DJing in the New York City area, and one day he realized inside of an art gallery that since he was spending so much time DJing, he wanted t make it into a career. He was working with his manager, who is the same manager that also introduced him to Andrew. They met and began to work, and Andrew moved from Maine. Alex quit his job, and decided to become a DJ full time, and that is where this all began to take form.
Andrew was in college right before he met Alex, and he was beginning to take an interest in DJing. At the time, the genre was not very popular, and so Alex had peers who would make fun of him for his passion for electronic music. By the end of college, all those same people were truly passionate about the music and listened to it.