The Chainsmokers, during their 4 year partnership, have released one album and two EPs, but their catalog far exceeds this small discography. Since 2014 they have been releasing singles – enough singles to make at least another album.
Their first No 1 song was “Closer.” They had other hit songs, but none had ever reached the number one spot. “Roses,” and “Don’t Let Me Down” both entered the top 10. “Closer” was actually a huge step forward for the group, even when you don’t consider its commercial success. This song was the first time Andrew Taggart, one half of The Chainsmokers, performed vocals on a song. In fact, neither of the two had ever sang on one of their own songs.
All of their songs before “Closer” relied on guest vocalists to add the words to their music. “Closer” also features a guest vocalist. Halsey joined Andrew Taggart, creating a duet about two people in a relationship. The song talks about their love for each other and their struggles pertaining to moving in together.
Gone with the need to have guest vocalists, The Chainsmokers are sure to move their careers forward in the most positive way. In fact, during and interview with Interview Magazine, they talked about how their live show has improved since “Closer” was released. They no longer have to make fans sit through vocals being played through loud speakers. Andrew Taggart is now behind the microphone. He could even perform the vocals of other performers.
There were several topics discussed during this interview. Everything from The Chainsmokers’ origin stories to their demographics were brought up during the discussion.
Alex Pall told the interview that, thanks to Instagram, he can accurately tell what type of people listen to his music. The Chainsmokers have fans from all over the world. Their age demographic seems to be between 16-25, but they are almost evenly split between girls and boys.
At the start of 2018, Billboard was back at it again with their annual “Power 100” ranking list and placed at No. 54 were the power players of ROC Nation, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, CEO Jay Brown and COO Desiree Perez. The honorable spot was due to Desiree Perez and Jay Brown’s achievement in making JAY-Z’s latest album stand strong at the top of the charts for weeks and reach platinum success. Last year, the hip-hop mogul was also nominated for eight Grammy Awards, the most any artist has ever achieved in one year. The Billboard “Power 100” ranks the top influencers and leaders involved in certain aspects in the business of music.
Desiree “Des” Perez is the current chief operating officer of ROC Nation, a New York City-based full-service entertainment company founded by rapper and entrepreneur, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter in 2008. Desiree Perez primarily oversees all of the publishing and labeling developments at ROC Nation. As the COO of ROC Nation, Desiree Perez has also taken part in many successful deals and negotiations that involved some of the world’s largest companies such as Samsung and Sprint. In 2017, Billboard announced Desiree Perez as one of the “Most Powerful Executives in the Industry.” The Billboard list acknowledged all of the C-level women that were deemed them as the best tastemakers, movers, and shakers in the music industry today. Desiree Perez is currently married to Juan Perez, the president of the ROC Nation Sports agency.
The Chainsmokers’s new sound track hit “Closer,” was released as of yesterday featuring Halsey. In contrast to their previous singles such as “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses”, Andrew Taggart (the other half of Chainsmokers) will be seen singing.
Artists who sing their own songs are typical and usual in the music world, however, the Chainsmokers duo deviates from the usual and regular stints where DJs depend on vocalists and songwriters to add that human presence in their skillfully created sonics. The duo’s leap into putting their special brand of disco tunes is nicely interwoven in their desire to be acknowledged as genuine musicians and performers who have points of view compared to unidentified individuals positioned within the DJ booth.
While other artists prefer to perform behind wide expanses of musical instruments and other types of stage camouflage Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart chose to expose their selves more on each stage performance, where they display a personal familiarity into a category lacks passion and enthusiasm.
In an interview on how they would progress as a pair, how they would substantiate their identity, and their new track, Alex Pall said that he grew up as a DJ since it was his past-time. He said he deejay all over New York, like a small time work that was not really just a hobby but something he really wants to do.
Pall revealed that it was frightening living it up in the city doing something that is not really considered as a job but more of like a diversion for fun. Then after some time he said he was in an art gallery – when he realized that his life is being overwhelmed by dance music and he wanted to make a go for it in the proper direction.
He was working at that time with the same manager that they now have who acquainted him with Drew. That’s when the two met and began working together. He quit his job and left Maine and joined Drew.
As for Andrew Taggart, he said he met Alex through a kid who works for Pall’s manager, who told him that the Chainsmokers need another guy on the team and he would be a good choice. So he took a bus from Maine, and joined Alex in New York.