Formed in 2012 when member Alex Pall needed a partner for his two-person DJ band, Pall and fellow DJ Andrew Taggart comprise the Chainsmokers. A DJ/production duo, the two were introduced by mutual friend Adam Alpert. Alpert knew the two would be a good fit, and he was right. Pall and Taggart had an easy, deep chemistry almost immediately. Both men quit their day gigs and Taggart moved to New York from Maine and the two began a rehearsal schedule together that allowed them to perfect their synergy and sound together.
They kept practicing until late 2014, when they played their first show. In September of that year they opened for Timeflies at Terminal 5 in New York. Soon after their debut they were an in-demand act. Putting out two EPs, the first called “Bouquet” and the next “Collage”, before their first full length album “Memories…Do Not Open” in 2017. “Memories was a massive success, shooting to the top of the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart. The album continues to be popular, regularly showing up in the top 5 albums on the Dance/Electronic chart. “Memories” is tied with the Gorillaz’ “Demon Days” for the third most non-consecutive weeks at #1. With the popularity of “Memories” still strong the album has a good chance of topping this current record.
The Chainsmokers have released numerous free singles through their website over the years. They put them out for free to thank fans for their support, and as a marketing ploy to keep themselves in the public eye by always having a fresh, new song out for people to listen to. They stagger the singles so that a song that is currently popular gets to run its natural course before the Chainsmokers put out the next one, ensuring that their songs don’t compete with each other.
After “Memories…Do Not Open” the Chainsmokers released anther EP, “Sick Boy.” An upcoming, untitled full-length album was announced with a late 2018 or early 2019 release. The Chainsmokers like experimenting with bringing different genres to their sound, trying to showcase theri diverse interests though song.