In 2012 Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart were introduced by mutual friend Adam Alpert. Alpert knew that Pall needed another DJ for his two-person act and felt that Taggart, a DJ himself, would fit with Pall. The two met and had a quick, easy chemistry. They decided to team up and the Chainsmokers were born. Taggart left Maine for New York and the two men began rehearsing their sound after quitting their regular jobs. Practicing full-time the duo took their time to get it right. They performed their first live show at Terminal 5 in September of 2014, opening for Timeflies in New York.
The show was a success and the two knew they were doing it right. They released two EPs, “Bouquet” and “Collage”, and began touring. In 2017 their first full-length album was released, “Memories…Do Not Open.” The album was a fast chart-topper, and is still a part of Billboards Dance/Electronic chart. Indeed, the album is tied with “Demon Days” from the Gorillaz for the third spot on the most non-consecutive weeks at #1 on said chart. As a still popular album in clubs and on the radio, “Memories” has the potential to top itself and move up that list.
After “Memories…Do Not Open” the Chainsmokers released a series of free singles and another EP, “Sick Boy.” Their singles were given away to help keep interest in the band among listeners, as well as to help them showcase their ability to expand their interests and sound beyond traditional dance/electronic music. They enjoy and are influenced by a variety of genres and want to experiment with these genres and how they combine with electronic.
Another way they expand their musical experience is through collaboration. They have worked with a wide variety of other DJs and musicians, notably and recently the singer Halsey.
Pall and Taggart announced a new Chainsmokers full-length earlier in 2018, with an expected late 2018 or early 2019 release date. The album is highly anticipated as it will be the duos second full-length album. After the success of “Memories” there are high hopes.