The Chainsmokers first came together in 2012 as a dance music DJ duo consisting of Alex Pall and Rhett Bixler. In New York City, Alex Pall was introduced to Drew Taggart by the Chainsmokers’ manager Adam Alpert. When Rhett Bixler left the duo, Drew Taggart moved from Maine to New York City to work with Alex Pall. They worked with Indian actress and singer Priyanka Chopra on their first single «Erase» in late 2012.
The Chainsmokers say that both Pharrell Williams and DJ Deadmau5 influenced their sound. With spare, sharp beats, they capture the pop music zeitgeist. The true sound of the Chainsmokers wasn’t evident until their top 10 smash «Roses» The duo praised the alternative pop duo Twenty One Pilots in interviews. Similar to this duo, the music of the Chainsmokers crosses boundaries, pulling in elements of pop and hip hop making it ultra-catchy with an infectious dance beat.