The Chainsmokers‘ recent Billboard cover story had a lot of people scratching their heads like, “are they really that bro-tastic?” Add to the list this ABC News interviewer who set out to ask the chart-topping duo himself.
“We should have done a better job conveying how hard we work on our music,” answers Alex Pall.
Andrew Taggart notes that they play an eye-popping average of 250 shows per year, and insists they’re “two dorky dudes that are pretty self-deprecating.” They also rehash the story of their awkward name choice.
“At the time of conception it was just, it was college, I enjoyed smoking weed,” Pall says. “It was just, ‘yeah, the domain is open, I don’t have to use any underscores.’”
The Chainsmokers are much more selective about the creative process. It turns out they write all their songs on actual instruments before tinkering with the melodies and beats on the computer. In the mission to find the perfect, most “unique” sound, Taggart recounts how he spent an hour in the studio recording mouth pops.
In a cruel twist of fate, the computer that housed the first rendition of “Don’t Let Me Down” crashed, and the entire project file was lost. They had to re-write it from scratch, but good thing they did. Peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, it’s one of the dudes’ biggest hits to date.
“Not everyone’s fortunate enough right now to be doing what they love, but we’re really lucky,” Pall says. “I was a receptionist before this in an art gallery. Music was clearly where my heart was.”
Check the full interview for more Chainsmokers’ gems below.