Alex Paul is one half of the duo the EDM/pop group – the Chainsmokers. This group was first formed in 2012 and has become a household name. Songs such as Don’t Let Me Down featuring Daya, Closer and Paris are some of their biggest hits to date.
In 2018 the group took their music into another direction with the song Sick Boy. In a dialogue with Interview Magazine, Alex Paul revealed some interesting things about his group. He shared the origin story of the Chainsmokers and how this group went on to become a huge success.
Andrew Taggart and Alex Paul met about 6 years ago. They were young and upcoming DJs for the local music scenes within their communities. Paul hails from Maine and Taggart from the New York City area. Paul was attending school in NYC at the time and did a lot of DJing for college crowds.
He was the original member of the Chainsmokers with another DJ named Rhett Bixler. Bixler left the Chainsmokers and was eventually replaced by Andrew Taggart. Paul stated that Andrew was a perfect match for the group and that he knew they would be very successful after his arrival.
Eventually, the two men began to work together to form some of their earlier material in 2012. The song Selfie was a modest hit and it helped to get their name out in the open. Paul and Taggart had to work hard through the creative process to ensure they were making the kind of music that people wanted to hear and could relate. This was not an easy thing to do because they were middle class white males who lived rather ordinary lives outside of their music.
However, the two men eventually found good material that would reflect who they are as people and connect with audiences. Songs such as Closer was a simple tune about a man and a woman finding each other after being apart for some time. Their other song Paris was simply about true love in the face of parental disapproval.
These were hit songs for the duo. Both tunes were simple and had a theme that many regular people could relate to. Currently, Alex Paul and Taggart are trying to expand the boundaries of their music by pushing into the darker side of American life and leaving the romance behind.