The story of contemporary EDM is incomplete without mentioning the Chainsmokers. For the last seven years, the group has been consistently working on projects, which by industry standards they are exceptionally great and futuristic. They have collaborated with some of the big names in the pop industry such as Coldplay and other talented and young artists such as Halsey. For Chainsmokers, musical chemistry is important when working with another brand.
They are the pioneers of writing and singing their own songs as opposed to relying on songwriters. This approach has set them aside. The reception to this new musical approach is amazing and they have two songs with over a billion views. They can either write a song or produce it individually or they can collaborate in writing the song with the featured musical group or artist. This approach gives them a deeper connection with the song and with the audience. ‘Something just like this’ for example was an intimate project to them. Currently, the song is 1.3 billion views.
Before they met as a group, each member was pursuing music differently although not commercially. For Alex Pall, he was playing on different occasions even though he has a regular job at an art museum. On the other hand, Andrew Taggart, he was already playing as a DJ too but he also had interests in playing musical instruments. With this musical background, the duo had a musical connection, which is still strong. Due to their musical backgrounds, the duo can play and produce music. Currently, Andrew Taggart is fully in charge of production while Alex Pall is an exceptionally great DJ.
The Chainsmokers point out that technology is their biggest weapon. With Instagram for example, they can monitor their audience reception to their music. They point out that they are receiving good reception even in countries perceived to have less EDM following. Other musical sites such as iTunes and Spotify also give them more inspiration. Since the EDM world is ever changing, new, and fresh sounds are important. Spotify playlists and experimental sounds from other great EDM artists inspire them to create more artistically.