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Origin: New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres: EDM electro house progressive house trap future bass
Years active: 2012–present
Members: Andrew Taggart & Alex Pall
The Chainsmokers are an American DJ duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall.
The duo had a top twenty single in several countries with their 2014 song "#Selfie" reaching number sixteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, number three in Australia, and number eleven in the United Kingdom. They released their debut EP, Bouquet, in October 2015. Their singles "Roses" and "Don't Let Me Down" reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Closer", featuring vocals from Halsey, became their first number one single on the chart.
Alexander Pall was born to an art dealer and stay-at-home mother, and grew up in Westchester County, New York. Andrew Taggart was born to a teacher mother and a father who sold prosthetics, and was raised in Freeport, Maine. He was supposedly exposed to EDM at the age of 15 while abroad in Argentina, where he was introduced to the music of people such as David Guetta, Daft Punk and Trentmøller.
The Chainsmokers were formed as an EDM DJ duo in 2012 under the management of Adam Alpert in New York City. Pall, who had grown up DJing, was introduced to Taggart by Alpert, and had been working at an art gallery at the time. Pall attended New York University for art history and business. Taggart had been attending Syracuse University and was interning at Interscope Records before the two met. He had taken an interest in DJing and released some original songs on the website SoundCloud. Taggart was informed by someone working for Alpert that a duo that was being managed by him had an open spot after an unknown previous member of the duo left, which prompted Taggart to leave Maine in order to go to New York City. They started out by making remixes of indie bands. In 2012, they collaborated with Indian actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra on the single "Erase" which was followed by "The Rookie" in early 2013.
Their single "#Selfie", released for free in December 2013, was picked up by Dim Mak Records who re-released it in January 2014 and eventually streamed it to Republic Records. The duo achieved breakthrough success as the single charted internationally and peaked on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Pall has described the song as "life-changing" for the pair. On August 5, 2014, The Chainsmokers released "Kanye" featuring sirenXX, the follow-up to "#Selfie". Seven months later, they released "Let You Go", featuring the American synthpop group, Great Good Fine Ok. They signed with Disruptor Records, a joint venture label with Sony Music Entertainment by their manager Adam Alpert, in April 2015.
On October 23, 2015, The Chainsmokers released their first EP titled Bouquet, featuring "New York City", "Until You Were Gone", "Waterbed", "Good Intentions", and "Roses". Their follow-up single "Don't Let Me Down", was released on February 5, 2016, featuring the singer Daya. Two months later, they released the single, "Inside Out", featuring the Swedish singer Charlee. During their 2015 tour, the duo noted in an interview that they designed the tour's lightshow themselves.
On July 29, 2016, they released "Closer" featuring singer Halsey, which peaked at number one in the United States and United Kingdom, in addition to charts in eleven other countries. "All We Know" featuring Phoebe Ryan, was released on September 29, 2016.