DJ duo the Chainsmokers are comprised of DJs Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The two were introduced by mutual friend and band manager Adam Alpert in 2012 when Pall was looking for a new partner for his two-man band. Alpert figured the two would get along and he proved to be right: Pall and Taggart had an instant, easy chemistry and formed the Chainsmokers quickly. Taggart moved to New York from Maine, both men quit their day jobs and they began practicing and rehearsing their sound and flow full time for almost two years.
In September of 2014 they played their first live show at Terminal 5 in New York, opening for Timeflies. The show was a success and they put out their first EP, “Bouquet”, shortly after. “Collage” was the follow-up EP and in 2017 they released their first full-length album, “Memories…Do Not Open.” “Memories” was an instant hit and climbed the Billboard Dance/Electronic charts with ease. In fact “Memories” is still a club and radio staple, and the album is tied with “Demon Days” by the Gorlliaz for the number three spot of most non-consecutive weeks at the #1 spot. With “Demon Days” being 13 years old and slowly making its way down the charts while “Memories” continues to perform strongly, it is likely that the Chainsmokers will push that record.
After “Memories…Do Not Open” the Chainsmokers released a series of singles, mainly through their website for free release. These singles often see the duo experimenting with other music styles beyond dance and electronic. As big fans of all forms of music the duo wanted to spread out a bit and see what they could do with other styles. They also collaborate as often as they can, teaming up with musicians such as DJ Tiesto and the singer Halsey. Taggart has steeped out from behind the turntable to provide vocals for a few songs, something very unusual in the dance/electronic genre. The Chainsmokers also write some songs about personal experiences and put some emotion into their tracks, another step outside traditional boundaries for the band.
Alex Pall has years of experience in the world of art before The Chainsmokers became a household name and this is made evident in his intriguing Hollywood home. The house itself can best be described as eclectic with renovations that span the decades but still include the charm of the original 1930’s build. When Alex Pall hired interior designer Peti Lau to help decorate his expansive home he wanted to highlight the charm that was already present in the home and this is exactly what she did.
Before Peti Lau began her work in the home Alex Pall had already begun the process of incorporating his taste by purchasing vivid jungle themed wallpaper and an orange velvet couch for his luxurious living room. Peti Lau was happy to be able to incorporate the expansive collection of modern art that Alex Pall had amassed that keeps growing into the project. Prior to his notable success in The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall had been working in a gallery of art in New York City. While he enjoyed the position he knew that his passion for making music was stronger.
The bedroom designed for Alex Pall by Peti Lau combines the industrial feel of the architecture with the coziness of a chalet in the countryside. The tiles on the sloping ceilings were painted white while the walls were plastered and painted to give the appearance of a European home.
Alex Pall has made himself the success that he is today through working with Drew Taggart as The Chainsmokers. The Chainsmokers continuously release hits that fans all around the globe can’t get enough of and they aren’t going to be stopping any time soon. While their upcoming album is set to be released later this year, their premiere studio album Memories… Do Not Open is still running strong on the Billboard Dance charts as the third longest-running number 1 album of all time in the genre. Their music mixes catchy dance beats with hard-hitting lyrics that affect and speak to their millions of fans on a personal level instead of just speaking to the part mentality of today.