“Closer” by The Chainsmokers features Halsey. The song itself is sang by Halsey and Andrew Taggart, and it is about a young couple.
This song was pivotal for the careers of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The Chainsmokers are a production duo who typically only created the music of their songs; they relied on other artists to provide the vocals. “Closer” was just the first song to feature Andrew Taggart singing.
It actually isn’t typical for a member of a production team to sing on their own song. Typically the allure to seeing a production/DJ team live is seeing dance music performed live and in real-time. In fact, the Chainsmokers were arguably the most popular DJ team for several years; with Andrew Taggart providing words to their music they will likely reach new heights.
When “Closer” was released Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart had an interview at Interview Magazine. The interviewer asked questions regarding topics that ranged from their future in the music industry to their origin stories.
Alex Pall spoke first, explaining to the interviewer that he originally saw DJing as a hobby. He was working around New York and making money, but his band mate left him. Pall explained that he noticed music was taking over his life, so he thought he should give music a real try. His manager introduced him to Andrew Taggart.
Taggart was in Maine at the time, going to University, interning at Interscope, and DJings on the side. Due to his relationships at Interscope, he was able to meet Alex Pall and begin making music.
Halsey eventually came up during the interview. The interviewer asked what Halsey was like and Pall replied: “She’s incredible.” Alex Pall told the interviewer that Halsey was number 1 on their list of artists to work with. Pall also said that Halsey was a unique artist.