The Chainsmokers’ Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall caught up with Billboard on the red carpet at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Thursday (Nov. 8), where they gushed over their collaborator and friend Kelsea Ballerini and chatted about the new movie they’re working on inspired by one of their songs.
Taggart and Pall, who performed “This Feeling” with Ballerini at the event, told Billboard how much they love working with her, with Taggart saying, “She’s an angel, and she does all the work. She’s got the greatest voice ever, and gets up there and sings and makes us look good.”
“She’s charismatic, her voice is amazing,” Pall adds, before Ballerini happens to pass by for a quick hello. “We really lucked out with her and we get along great,” he continues, “And that makes the song so much more fun for us, and enjoyable and hopefully we can do some more with her in the future.”
The band also discuss the recently announced film project that they are producing, a movie based on their hit song “Paris.” Taggart excitedly explains that Mickey Rapkin (who wrote the book that was the inspiration for the Pitch Perfect franchise) heard the song, and he took a meeting with the band’s friend Dan, who runs their new production company Kick the Habit, and Rapkin told him that he could see the track working as a romance film.
“He wrote an entire story, pitched it to us, and we re-worked all the parts we wanted to,” Taggart says. “It’s been about a year that we’ve been spending working on this pitch. And we went out and started pitching it to major film studios and TriStar bought it and now we’re producing a movie!”
Asked if the duo have any other future plans in the works with their production company, Taggart reveals that they have a “ton” of different projects in the works for TV, film, and Internet content.
“It’s all over the place, it’s not just one genre,” he adds. “We’re really excited. It’s scary for us because it’s a way for us to do something else creative. When you just do one thing creative, sometimes you get creative blocks and this is another place that we can put our creative efforts in, and we’re really excited for the future.”