The Chainsmokers: Smoking the Former Top Dance/Electronic Album Records

The Chainsmokers seemed as though they burst onto the music scene with their chart-topping debut album Memories…Do Not Open; however the artistic creation was actually representative of work being done as early as 2012. This album debuted in April of 2017 at number one on both the Billboard 200 (which is inclusive of all musical genres) as well as the Top Dance/Electronic Album chart.

While the time frame was expectedly shorter-lived on the more comprehensive Billboard 200 list, the Chainsmokers have remained in the top five albums on the Top Dance/Electronic charts for the entire time from April until the present. This is an exceptionally impressive feat matched only by Gorillaz’s Demon Days. Perhaps equally notable is the fact that even when another album enters the scene, the Chainsmokers seem to return to their chart-topping position.

A band originating in New York City, the Chainsmokers are proud to have been the recipients of five iHeartRadio Music Awards in addition to two American Music Awards. They have experienced several fruitful collaborations with artists such as Maroon 5, Priyanka Chopra, and Coldplay, among others.

With such tremendous accomplishments as being tied for the third most weeks at number one on the Top Dance/Electronic Album chart and the number of individuals who are lining up to create a collaboration with The Chainsmokers, one can only wonder where their incredible career trajectory will lead them.

So far in 2018 The Chainsmokers have released their first single since the release of the album Memories…Do Not Open. Entitled “Sick Boy” and released on January 17, 2018 and followed shortly thereafter by “You Owe Me” on February 16th, The Chainsmokers have been putting out original material one song at a time this year as they build up to the release of their next studio album.

In terms of musical influences on the band, The Chainsmokers have cited deadmau5, as well as Pharrell Williams and Linkin Park. The band’s original style is being termed a unique combination “blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip-hop” which may seem heard to conjure in one’s mind yet is an accurate depiction of the sound.

https://www.billboard.com/music/the-chainsmokers

Alex Pall from The Chainsmokers speaks on Identity, Creativity and A Growing Audience

The Chainsmokers are a successful pair of DJs who typically rely on vocalists and songwriters to add the human element to their music. On the song “Closer” however, Andrew Taggart laid his own vocals on their hit song. This interview from July 28, 2016 takes a closer look at how the pair became a band, information on their new hit song and how they plan to grow with their audience.

Q1. How did Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall start working together?

A1. Alex was a DJ on the side in New York City and one day his manager introduced him to Andrew. They immediately started working together and Alex was able to quit his job. Their band took off from there.

Q2. How did they know working together would be a success?

A2. They both knew their strengths and their goals were in sync. They were both dedicated to working towards being great and working at it daily.

Q3. Does being a DJ duo in the electronic genre make it harder to build a strong presence as artists?

A3. That’s a yes and no. Initially they tried to assimilate to what was around in the industry, but eventually they had to break out into their own creative selves. Their songs are original and about their own lives.

Q4. It can be considered different that the Chainsmokers have their peers sing on their songs about their real lives.

A4. They feel it’s harmless and none of them write the lyrics to their songs. Alex and Andrew help write the lyrics to their songs. Some of the songs they wrote alone but even when they don’t, they are there for guidance.

Q5. How was it working with Halsey on “Closer”?

A5. It was a great experience. Halsey was always number one on the list of artists they wanted to work with. Halsey was cool and unique with a strong voice, the kind of artist they like to work with.

Q6. Do they feel they know the type of person that’s connecting with their music?

A6. Thanks to social media (instagram) they can tell they have more of an international following. They seem to be reaching ages 16 to 25 in the Philippines and South Africa. Some parents have even reached out to them saying that their 6 year old loves their songs.

Q7. How are they changing the live show and visuals to cater to their expanding audience?

A7. They are pushing themselves to keep growing with their audience. They keep shows new and exciting and unique to their band. They work hard to stay in the forefront and keep the interest of their audience.

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