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Alex Pall’s Journey through Music

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The Chainsmokers is a duo of DJs that have made a career out of something that they only thought would ever be merely a hobby. The Chainsmokers consist of two artists one named Alex Pall and one named Andrew Taggart. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart met when Pall needed someone to take the place of his former teammate. When he met Taggart, they instantly connected and started making music that they both loved. They were both very passionate about DJing, so they were able to make music together by combining the love that they both shared for DJing. Since they connected, they have been able to create a wide variety of music that they are known for.

Before Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart began making hits in their group Chainsmokers, they were just people trying to make extra money. Pall didn’t plan on DJing being his full career. He liked music and just wanted to make some money doing the thing that he loved. Eventually, his love for music began to take over his existence. Then he knew what he was supposed to do with his life. Instead of wondering around he started his career as a DJ and not just for the extra money. Alex Pall began creating music hoping to inspire people.

Chainsmokers has made its path in music thanks to Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart’s love for DJing. They connected and began making music that gave people something to think about. They have been dedicated to writing their songs so that their feeling can show through the music that they make. Alex Pall’s audience can connect with him because his passion is shown throughout the song. No one is better able to display his feeling other than himself artistically. The Chainsmokers listeners are allowed an amount of intimacy because they are listening to music about real life rather than pointless music about things that don’t determine much of one’s life. Alex Pall has been able to help change the way that music is looked at through the songs that he writes and the music that he creates.

The Chainsmoker’s Genre Bending Style

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The song “Somebody” by the Chainsmokers is representative of their unique genre-bending style. Influence from Taylor Swift, the Weeknd, and Bruno Mars is layered throughout the song in an interwoven mashup. The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) transcends anyone’s preference into a common ground. How do they do that?

The first layer of the track was on a modular synthesizer. Andrew Taggart used a modular synth that contained a keyboard and a series of module knobs. He laid the base sound of the first layer, repeating a similar tune with variations.

The next layer was played on piano by Alex Pall. Still a baseline of sound, Alex played a series of chords to add a bit of complexity to the song. The piano chords are clear in the intro of the melody.

The baseline comes in subtly as the song progresses. Then Andrew sings into a voice recorder, “You know just know what I like.” The layers are patched together using a computer program and the pitch is changed. He explains in the short video that he raised it two steps. After adding the electronic keyboard, the soundtrack was complete. Only the vocals were missing.

Of course, there is more to their music than the technical stuff. After making music industry history as the first Dance Artist/DJ to rank number 1 on the Billboard Music Chart, it was back into the studio to create something new, then modify it into something new again. The background vocal was originally slower, and lower pitched.

It’s no wonder the art history and music business major would understand the entanglement of time. Partnered by a former intern for Interscope Records among the diverse musical culture, the duo was destined to redefine musical style, create something transcendent, and provide a soundtrack that we could live to.