Alex Pall: Trying New Things in Dance MusicDecember 11, 2018 - Author: steph
In the most recent development, the Chainsmokers have released their highly anticipated single “Closer.” In a break from the norm, the track features Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall singing. Though it’s common for artists to sing their songs, it is unusual for the duo and their DJ equals to do so as they naturally rely on songwriters and vocalist to generate the human element to the vocals.
In attempting to personalize this brand of music, the ambition of the band is clear in striving to gain recognition as music crafters with a heart and soul as opposed to beat creators. It is clear that the band is moving to show more of itself, bringing them closer to their audience in a genre that is void of such emotion. In an in-depth interview, Alex Pall talks about establishing an identity, the new track and the evolution of the band.
Being a DJ was Alex Pall’s hobby growing up, deriving pleasure from the activity regardless of the pressing demands of the exercise as a job. He narrates how his realization that dance music was overwhelming him made him decide to pursue the task fulltime. Working with Andrew Taggart, brought a shared drive for dance music with both sharing a keen eye for what was going on in the dance music industry. Through shared observations, Alex Pall and his partner would go on to develop a unique identity around their music.
Alex Pall points to hard work early on their partnership, carving an identity in a genre of music that has tremendous demands from the people who relate to it as fans. Connecting with the fans was a learning curve for him, characterized by constant questioning. The result is more striking than Alex Pall ever imagined, and for him to stay exciting and appealing, he has to keep trying new things.
On his unique and audacious role singing about their real lives in the song “Closer,” he points to the involvement in previous writing and guiding similar songs, the pressure from the fans, and a label that eventually wants it done that way. Alex Pall also narrates about his experience working on the song with Halsey as unique.