Alex Pall Faces The Music

In his recent interview at, Alex Pall of the Chainsmokers talks at length about his desire to connect with his audience in a way, he feels, some other artists do not. By throwing himself into multiple aspects of the creative process, whether it’s the beats, lyrics, or design, he gets a chance to put a piece of himself into all aspects of his work.

Alex talks passionately about his desire to collaborate, and in many cases, his willingness to let another artist take the lead. While that has given Alex, and Chainsmokers partner Andrew Taggart, an opportunity to make multiple hits across a variety of themes and styles, the fans (and the label) were asking for an album. Alex talks about how this gave him a chance to explore new creative aspects like cover art and how that desire to touch everything they work on is a cornerstone to their success.

While Pall didn’t write the song “Closer” that they recently collaborated with Halsey on, he made it clear she was always his first choice for the hit. Alex discusses how Halsey is precisely the type of artist they work best with because she is so genuine and self-aware. He hopes they have future opportunities to work together.

Alex credits Instagram for giving him a way to see first hand how his music is impacting his fans. The ability to see people reacting to a release in real time across the globe inspires him and offers the feedback he needs to keep improving on his craft.

The most significant change Alex sees coming to his shows is that with partner Drew singing on the single “Closer,” they have added a layer of performance that was not involved before. Even with that challenge, The Chainsmokers continue to focus squarely on the customer and build on their momentum. I think we’re going to see a lot of their music in the years ahead.