Otherwise known as the DJ duo The Chainsmokers, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall rose to fame with their cheeky 2014 hit “#SELFIE.”
Although they tapped into pop culture to create the track, Taggart and Pall are—admittedly and surprisingly—out of touch with what’s hip, namely sports and satellite radio.
The Chainsmokers are performing as part of a Super Bowl XLIX free concert series on Thursday, January 29, at Westgate WaterDance Plaza, but that’s as close to a football game they’ve been all season.
“It’s kind of funny because we’re the worst sports fans ever,” Pall says with a laugh. “We’re always traveling on Sundays. I haven’t seen an entire football game this entire season yet. We’ll be able to be a part of the biggest football game now.”
Based in New York City, The Chainsmokers were able to feel the vibe of last year’s Super Bowl, which was played at MetLife Field in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
“There was so much energy and cool vibes and events and stuff and everyone’s in such a fun mood,” Pall says. “Being there will just be awesome.”
The Westgate Entertainment District gig is the only show The Chainsmokers are doing early in the year so they can concentrate on finishing “an incredible amount of music.”
“I don’t think we’re planning on releasing an album,” he says. “I don’t want to rule it out, though. We want to release music. I think people hold onto music so closely.”
The year 2015 follows a successful 2014 for The Chainsmokers. MTV recently crowned the group an “Artist to Watch.” “#SELFIE” was officially certified platinum by the RIAA for digital sales in excess of 1 million.
The song also soared to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart within five weeks and reached the Top 5 on iTunes in more than 43 countries. “#SELFIE” is Top 10 on YouTube’s “Top Music Videos of 2014.” Furthermore, it garnered a nomination for “Choice EDM Song” at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.
“I’d be lying if I said that we had any clue that we made a (hit) song,” Pall says. “It was lot of fun, a great learning experience and a dream come true in some respects.
“We’re happy that we had the opportunity to tour the world and make these all great fans, and to be a part of Republic Records. All these great opportunities came out of it. Now we’re really interested in showing people what we’re actually about—which is not taking selfies.”
The hit also gave The Chainsmokers the opportunity to partner with YouTube and SiriusXM to launch the digital show “The YouTube EDM 15.” Taggart and Pall host the program, which counts down the top-trending EDM tracks on YouTube.
“Everyone at Sirius, they’re the nicest people,” he says. “That’s been our thing. We like to do whatever we want. We can act and react however we want. We want to be ourselves.
We are the true champions of being yourself. We have so much fun with the shows. It’s such a great outlet to support other friends of ours who are artists, and talk about the random weird shit that goes through our heads anyway.”
Ironically, Pall has no idea how Sirius XM works, so he has yet to hear The Chainsmokers’ show.
“The funny thing about being from New York is I haven’t listened to the radio in five years,” he says, laughing again. “You don’t have a car here. You don’t drive anywhere. But I know how important the radio is to everyone else in the world. It’s where they get their music. It’s cool to be a part of something that you don’t even know what’s going on. I don’t listen to our show because I don’t know how to.”
The Chainsmokers, Westgate WaterDance Plaza in the Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale, 623.385.7502, westgateaz.com, Thursday, January 29, 8:30 p.m., free