The Chainsmokers were formed in 2012 when Alex Pall met Andrew “Drew” Taggart and the duo decided to make a go of making music. They spent years practicing and perfecting their synergy and sound before performing their debut show in 2014 as the opening act for Timeflies at Terminal 5. They knew that had something going for them, and began recording and releasing music of their own.
They have released many EPs, a full-length album and many singles. The singles are often released for free to their fans through their official website. These singles are a way for them to keep new music in play all the time, as well as an outlet for sings they love but can’t fit on an album.
The most recent of their singles, “Side Effects”, is a collaboration with singer Emily Warren. Warren is a frequent collaborator and good friend of the Chainsmokers. They call her smart and creative, stressing that they work well with her and always have. They prefer to collaborate with musicians who they get along with personally. By just hanging around with the guest musician, they often conceive of a song on the fly with their collaborator.
With their music, the Chainsmokers like to write about events and feelings they are going through. This personal approach to music is a-typical of the dance/electronic genre, but Pall and Taggart want to push the boundaries on defined musical genres. They integrates other musical styles in their songs as often as they can, such as the upbeat sound of the disco and funk inspired “Side Effects.” Much of their recent music has been slower in tempo and had a darker tone, but with summer here the Chainsmokers decided to make something that “bangs” to release for summer, and “Side Effects” meets the criteria.
The Chainsmokers have gone from being a couple of guys behind turntables to performing with many elements of a traditional band. They are particularly fond of drums during their live show. They also are bringing Emily Warren on tour for a few dates, hoping the exposure will help.