When listening to EDM, other than maybe some catch phrase of any kind, it can be difficult to distinguish who the artist is. Of the genres of music that are popular on the radio, EDM artists struggle to create an identity. This is an issue that Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the two members of The Chainsmokers, are focusing on with their new single “Closer.” The duo have seen massive popularity with their hits such as “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”, however their new song is different.

It features Taggart singing on the track. In an interview with Interview Magazine, Alex Pall recognizes that artists such as themselves want to put intimacy in their work, but in the EDM genre, DJs can go unknown. Taggart and Pall feel that “Closer” may be a step in the right direction.

The two met in New York City several years back, after being introduced by a mutual friend. They immediately agreed on their visions of the music industry, and began producing the next day. Drew had gone to school at Syracuse University, so the move to the city was easy.

They worked for several years playing in bars and other music venues within in the New York area, and eventually found success with their song “#SELFIE.” WIthin a period of time, they began traveling the world. The duo had more hits such as “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down” but Pall felt that they still weren’t able to express their identity, and were just normal DJs with nothing to stand out for.

The duo released “Closer” yesterday, and Pall, along with Taggart, feels that this song could be the change. It features Halsey on the vocals, but also includes Taggart in more than half of the song. Pall feels that the duo had a lot of emotion on relationships, college, life, and superficiality to express. This song could help listeners find out WHO the Chainsmokers are. If there is a chance for them to be more intimate, “Closer” could be the start of their new identity.

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