In years past, a new single featuring vocals by one half of a duo wouldn’t be big news, but the new release by The Chainsmokers, “Closer,” is a bit of a game-changer for this highly regarded DJ synth band. “Closer” features Halsey, who is regarded as a real star of the moment in the DJ club world. It also features a vocal track by Andrew Taggart, who is half of The Chainsmokers duo. Taggart has been teaming with Alex Pal in this band since they teamed up after the original duo member left.
Pall recently spoke about the recording and what inspires the band today. Pall and Taggart are close collaborators who are more known as DJs who create epic sound pictures with their electronica pieces. They took a look at their musical motivations a while back, however, and became compelled to put more of themselves in their music, singing and writing lyrics from a more personal place.
Working With Halsey
Pall and Taggart both expressed great enthusiasm for Halsey, with her strong voice and original approach to her songs. Pall calls her a very “unique and original artist,” who has a take on her music that is utterly her own. There’s no question that collaborating with her took the duo to a whole new place musically, and that direction has inspired them to go even further in their live shows.
A White Middle Class Perspective
Taggart had some interesting takes on his own perspective as a song writer. He noted that as a middle class white guy, it was hard for a while to feel that he even had a right to own his own experience and write about it. Finally, however, he and Pall sat down and realized they should just write from their own experience, and have the confidence to know that if they were honest, they would connect with an audience. Today, The Chainsmokers are selling out their shows months in advance, and their connection to their audience is obviously stronger than ever.