Alex Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart formed the Chainsmokers in 2012 after being introduced by mutual friend and manager Adam Alpert. Pall was looking for a new partner for his two-person DJ act and Alpert felt that Taggart, already a DJ, would be a perfect fit. He was correct as the two had an immediate, easy chemistry. They decided to give it a go together and after both men quit their jobs and Taggart moved to New York from Maine they began rehearsing and practicing their synergy and sound full time.
In September of 2014 they made their live debut at Terminal 5 in New York, showcasing theri live talents as the opening act for Timeflies. The performance was a success and the Chainsmokers began release albums for purchase.
They first put out two EPs, “Bouquet” and “Collage”, before making a huge splash with their debut LP “Memories…Do Not Open.” The album was a chart topper, hitting #1 on Billboards Dance/Electronic Chart. “Memories” holds a tie for the third-most consecutive week at #1 with “Demon Days” by the Gorliiaz. Whereas “Demon Days” took 13 years to hit this spot, “Memories” was released in 2017 and is still going strong fro album sales, radio play and club popularity.
The Chainsmokers have released many independent singles for free via their website. They like to release albums containing music with a theme, so their singles are a reflection of what they write that doesn’t fit on an album. The releases are staggered to allow each single to maximize its playtime, rather than inundating the market with a dozen songs every month or two. They have collaborated with many other musicians, from fellow DJs like DJ Tiesto and singers like Halsey, one of their more recent collaborations.
After “Memories” was such a huge hit the Chainsmokers released another EP, “Sick Boy”, and have announced they are working on an untitled full-length LP due for release in late 2018 or early 2019. The duo tour the country regularly and put a lot of effort into their live shows to make each unique.