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The Chainsmokers

 

The Chainsmokers are an American DJ duo consisting of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall.

The duo had a top twenty single in several countries with their 2014 song #Selfie, reaching number sixteen on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, number three in Australia, and number eleven in the United Kingdom. They released their debut EP, Bouquet, in October 2015.

The Chainsmokers were initially made up of Pall and former DJ Rhett Bixler. The Chainsmokers were formed as an EDM DJ duo in 2012 under the management of Adam Alpert in New York City. Pall, who had grown up DJing, was introduced to Taggart by Alpert, and had been working at an art gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan at the time. Pall attended New York University for art history and music business. Taggart had been attending Syracuse University and was interning at Interscope Records before the two met. He had taken an interest in DJing and released some original songs on the website Soundcloud. Taggart was informed by someone working for Alpert that a duo that was being managed by him had an open spot after Bixler left, which prompted Taggart to leave Maine in order to go to New York City. They started out by making remixes of indie bands.

 

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