2018 has proven to be a prolific year for the signature EDM-pop band known as the Chainsmokers. This duo includes Drew Taggart who is just 28 years old, and Alex Pall who is 32. The group formed in New York City and quickly became noticed after releasing their 2014 club hit, “#Selfie”. Two years later the Chainsmokers released, “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Daya, as well as, “Closer” featuring Halsey. These EDM and future-bass pop hits gained them even more recognition across the globe, adding to their prominent success.
Last year’s album titled, “Memories…Do Not Open” ended up topping both national and international charts while reaching platinum status. The success from this album rolled over into 2018, making it a definite contributor to their #2 spot on Forbes‘, “The World’s Highest-Paid DJs Of 2018” list. The Chainsmokers were only preceded by Calvin Harris, and surpassed even Tiësto and David Guetta. The combined funds accumulated from their annual touring and music production equaled a grand total of $45.5 million in just 2018 alone. That’s just $2.5 million under their predecessor, Calvin Harris. With such a high amount of success in an active three-year time span, it is speculative as to whether they will stay at number two, or top the charts in 2019.
The Chainsmokers have introduced the world of EDM and trap music to mainstream listeners across the world with their upbeat yet meaningful tracks, and they continue to deliver with each hit that they release. If Taggart and Pall continue on this avenue of success, there’s no telling what 2019 could bring in terms of their wealth and prominence as a DJ and production force. If 2018 is any indication, their place on Forbes’, “The World’s Highest-Paid DJs“ will either remain secure or move to the number one spot.
The electronic music sector has become one of the fastest-growing in recent years with many new DJs and musical collaborations popping up across the music industry with pioneers such as Amici leading the way forward. Despite the success of these early DJ performers the path taken has often been a similar one with the DJ remaining hidden from view behind their booth until the arrival of The Chainsmokers as the leadingelectronic music pioneers in the U.S. with a growing band of followers across the world.
Alex Pall has not been satisfied with the opportunities presented to his band in remaining a facelessaspect of the electronic music scene like so many of his fellow DJs; instead, Pall and musical collaborator, Andrew Taggart have decided to take ownership of their music and image in many different ways and change the overall view of electronic music to the listeners of the world. In the view of both members of The Chainsmokers, the time has come for Dj like themselves to be seen as independent performers and musicians who should be seen as the authors of their own work.
In a break with the traditional view of DJs, both Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have appeared on their songs as vocalists performing alongside some of the best-known singers of recent times. The Chainsmokers have broken with many traditions over recent years including stepping into the songwriting room and taking ownership of their own songs by co-writing and basing their songs on their own experiences.
Alex Pall has been at the heart of the process of changing the image and success rate of The Chainsmokers as he believes a higher level of creativity has allowed the duo to take far more pride in the work they have undertaken. As the success of the band grows, Pall is playing an even greater role in the development of the image of the duo as they continue to build towards global success.