- By Dennis Petrone
From underground rock youth to dancefloor buzz, the Chainsmokers have rocketed from earth to the stars in just four short years – thanks in part to that now everyday vernacular, then still novel, the hashtag: As in their first viral hit #Selfie. Once considered a bro band duo, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggat have squarely risen to EDM-pop royalty.
“Don’t Let Me Down” featuring vocals by Daya won a Grammy last year for Best Dance Recording and “Closer” (“So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover”) became their first number one hit on Billboard’s Hot 100. Is it worth noting that Forbes recently estimated their earning this year at a cool $45 mill? So when the Chainsmokers aren’t winning awards, owning the charts and cropping up in teen television hits like Riverdale, what are they doing?
Normally touring but this month they’re taking up residency in Las Vegas at XS and the Encore Beach Club. It may not be as sexy as getting away from your parents by staying in “Paris” but it’s definitely hot, hot, hot. “If they came to rage it doesn’t matter if it’s 200 people or 20,000 people,” said Taggart in a recent Billboard interview. “The vibe, the time of year, the venue, the crowd – it really is so unpredictable.”
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