Earning over $45 million in 2018, the DJ and producing team The Chainsmokers have hit it huge. With hits like “Closer” and “Something Just Like This,” Drew Taggart, 28, and Alex Pall, 32, have seen their fame (and fortune) grow exponentially in the past few years.
In addition to their radio hits, the duo also have a three year residency deal with the Wynn Nightlife group. Each night of DJing nets them six figures, and they had over 100 nights in their clubs in 2018 alone. Their unique version of EDM (electronic dance music) and pop has hit the mainstream and made them a household name seemingly overnight.
The pair claim that the biggest part of their mega success is working creatively with artists who inspire them and add something to their vision – ranging from Halsey to Coldplay, Florida Georgia Line to Jhene Aoko. While they know they could likely make money just by working with any ‘brand name’ they prefer to work with artists who really speak to them. Clearly, that method is working for them so far.
The Chainsmokers’ biggest hit to date was the song “Closer” with Halsey, which was recently certified diamond status, having sold over 10 million units in the two years since its release in the summer of 2016. The song was additionally nominated for Grammys, marking success from their industry in addition to the love of their fans.
Along with that particular song’s chart-topping run came the popularity of the duo’s debut album, Memories… Do Not Open, which also achieved platinum status and topped the Billboard album charts.
Further proof that The Chainsmokers are making music than not only makes money but gets people dancing? On Spotify, “Closer” and their 2016 hit “Don’t Let Me Down” both reached over one billion streams – two of only seventeen songs to do so to date (and “Something Just Like This” should cross that mark in due time as well). It is safe to say that these two uber-producers will be influencing the airwaves and Internet playlists for some time.