The Chainsmokers: Making Music, Performing Live

Published / by TheRugbyUnion

The Chainsmokers are a DJ/production duo from New York. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart formed a band in 2012, making their public debut in 2014 at Terminal 5 as the opening act for Timeflies. Since then they have performed across the country to crowds in clubs, arena’s and other venues. They release albums, EP’s and singles on a regular basis. Many of these singles can be found on the band’s website as free downloads.

Their most recent single, “Side Effects”, features frequent collaborator and close friend of the duo, Emily Warren. The song is the admissions of a late-night lonely party-goer who hooks up with a not-so-good friend that they can’t seem to get over. The song has an upbeat melody and a faster-paced tempo than many of the band’s recent offerings. The Chainsmokers try and write songs about what is happening currently in their lives, and this effects the tempo and vibe of the track. With “Side Effects”, they duo wanted to make something more upbeat for the summer than the material they had been making during the winter. They wanted ‘Side Effects” to be a “summer banger”, and used disco and funk elements to make it so.

The duo are always working on new music and playing live shows. They perform regularly, always trying to bring something new to their performance. They no linger simply spin records and add sounds from behind a DJ table: They have integrated elements of a traditional live band into their shows, particularly enamored of having a drummer on stage. Taggart has also done some singing in their live shows, after first having recorded vocals in a studio. He was nervous about live singing at first, but after a year of practice he has gained the confidence to have fun singing in front of people.

With more new material coming out almost at all times, the Chainsmokers show no signs of- or have any desire to- slow down on their recording or performing. Making music is a lifestyle for the two men; being successful at it is a bonus.