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The Chainsmokers talk summer hits, singing their own songs, working with Coldplay and more

The Chainsmokers

Sam Kolder

The Chainsmokers



When we interviewed the Chainsmokers' Alex Pall about a year ago, we couldn't help but ask about an unreleased song the band had just debuted at Coachella, and was considering playing at Tampa's Sunset Music Festival.

"This is one of our more interesting songs, firstly because Drew (Taggart)’s singing on it, and secondly because this one feels a little bit more personal in nature," Pall said. "I think that’s kind of the direction our music’s going."

Boy, was he right. That song was Closer, a gigantic smash hit that hinted that the New York DJ duo was heading into a softer, more emotional pop direction. That's what happened on the band's new album Memories...Do Not Open, and it's a side of themselves they hope to show on their new tour, which hits Tampa's Amalie Arena on Friday (click here for details).

"We want to make this upcoming tour a show that no one expects but everyone wanted," Taggart says today. "There will be live band moments, theatrical moments and DJ moments all alongside a really well-thought-out and incredible production. We would never give up the energy we bring from our DJ side, but we think we have a lot more to offer now.

For more of our interview with the Chainsmokers, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 10:47am]


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