The Chainsmokers are known around the world and their fanbase seems to keep growing every day as their accolades increase as well. While their fanbase is one measure of success, the impressive amount of revenue that The Chainsmokers have been able to bring in is yet another. As of 2018, the DJing duo is the 2nd highest earning DJs in the entire world. Some of the music stars that the 2 beat out on the list put out by Forbes include Steve Aoki and David Guetta.
The Chainsmokers was co-founded in 2012 by Alex Pall before Drew Taggart left college at Syracuse University and joined Alex Pall in New York City. The 2 set out to pursue their musical dreams under Adam Alpert as their manager who still has the position today. When Taggart joined The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall left his position at an art gallery located in Chelsea, Manhattan so they could both pursue music as their full-time careers. While Alex Pall wishes that he had a more interesting backstory to the name, it was really just a combination of a love for weed and an open domain name that inspired him.
Their debut album Memories… Do Not Open continues to have impressive sales even more than 2 years after it was initially released in 2016. The album has since gone platinum since it was released and has made it to the top spot on the Billboard list of top dance/electronic singles many times. In fact, it has been in the top position more than every other album but 2 and recently beat out The Gorillaz’ Demon Days for the third spot. While the album had a few hit singles on it like “Paris“, The Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do Not Open is probably best known for “Closer”.
“Closer” was recorded by The Chainsmokers” in collaboration with the singer Halsey. She had already built an impressive following before the diamond-selling single was released, but its popularity sent her to new levels of popularity that she never expected to achieve so quickly.
Thousands gathered at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to attend the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month and it was impossible to ignore the absence of a celebrated artist.
The death of Swedish producer and DJ, Tim Bergling, better known in the EDM scene as the artist Avicii, is a tragedy that’s still affecting the music community and the Chainsmokers made sure they paid their respects to a promising young star.
While appearing on stage with pop star Halsey to hand Luis Fonsi the Top Hot 100 Song award for “Despacito,” the Chainsmokers, made up of producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, spoke about Avicii’s contribution to EDM as a community and how his legacy will sand as an inspiration to others. Halsey chimed in, urging those in attendance to reach out to loved ones suffering from mental illness like Avicii had.
When the Chainsmokers took the stage again, awarded for being the Top Dance/Electronic act, Taggart dedicated their win to Avicii’s memory for inspiring and influencing their music, ending with the hope that the late artist is finally at peace.
After word of his death hit social media in late April, Avicii’s family formally announced that the 28-year-old had taken his own life.
Geffen Records have yet to make a final decision as to whether or not they will make any of Avicii’s unreleased music available to the public.
About The Chainsmokers:
The Chainsmokers is an American EDM duo that rose to critical fame in 2014 following the release of their hit single “#Selfie.” Before long their name ascended on the Billboard Charts with each subsequent release, and their single “Don’t Let Me Down” was awarded Best Dance Recording at the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony in 2017.
Members Alex Pall and Drew Taggart were introduced through their manager Adam Alpert which led to the formation of the Chainsmokers. Pall has worked as a song writer for various recording artists and is a classically trained pianist. Taggart has also written a number of songs for others and has produced a number of records outside of the duo.