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Poll 2019: The Chainsmokers

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DJs reaching star status among electronic music disciples is nothing new. By comparison, those that crossover and enter the world of mainstream household music names remain in the extreme minority. Consider Drew Taggart and Alex Pall rarities, then. 

Maybe it was their huge single ‘Roses’. Perhaps ‘Closer’ and ‘Collage’ sealed the deal. Debut LP ‘Memories... Do Not Open’ or last year’s follow-up, ‘Sick Boy’, might have made the difference. Whatever the truth, The Chainsmokers have mastered the art of satisfying those who live only for strobes and more chart-oriented ears. 

The results are mammoth tracks packing epic sing-along potential, beastly beats and behemoth basslines. Winning favour with crowds from Australia to Ukraine and Serbia this year alone, this huge demand bodes well for the arrival of their forthcoming third album, ‘World War Joy’, this year’s major undertaking. A record set to be packed with genre-smashing collaborations, it’s indicative of their open attitude towards production, with leads taken from EDM, hip-hop, pop and even Americana.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-16 11:42

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From: NYC
DJ style: “We go harder than you think. Haha!”
Best known for: “Surprising people!”
Fave tune of 2018: “Fisher’s ‘Losing It’ on Catch and Release.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Louis The Child.”

Chainsmokers duo Andrew Taggert and Alex Pall have enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last few years, not only as DJs, but also as producers. Last year, only Ed Sheeran could stop them topping the UK album charts with debut full-length ‘Memories...Do Not Open’, while this year they’ve released a string of radio-friendly singles and EPs.

Demand for their club-rocking services has naturally risen accordingly, with the New York-based pair causing a commotion during a rare UK appearance at Creamfields earlier in the year. Further massive festival appearances in the United States also helped them rise to No.2 on Forbes Magazine’s 2018 World’s Highest-Paid DJs list. According to the American business publication, only Calvin Harris earned more than the popular duo, who took home an astonishing £36.5 million.

Almost a hybrid DJ/live act these days, the pair have deliberately limited their shows this year, instead spending more time in the studio to craft new music. Furthermore, they’ve also moved into the world of the moving image, founding a film and television production company called Kick The Habit.

Words: MATT ANNISS

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 13:00

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