By Stephanie Sakellarides
One of many breakthrough artists at Stadium Red is the infamous “The Chainsmokers”. With their downtown hipster style and feel good attitude, The Chainsmokers go against the stereotype of most typical DJ’s. The collaborative talents of Alex Pall and Rhett Bixler combine different genres of music and add an electro feel. With a cigarette in one hand and a spin table in the other, they’re ready to get the night going!
The vibe of their music is high-energy electro that anyone can enjoy when looking to have a good time and just dance. They describe it as, “Animal House meets Electro”. What makes The Chainsmokers different from other DJs is there creativity. “Usually DJs have a set play list, but we just wing it,” said Pall. The Chainsmokers like to mix songs of artists that people don’t hear very often, like, The Spice Girls or old school Britney Spears. “We also like to balance out the music, by playing familiar songs, like remixes of Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga,” said Pall.
The two met one night at the Marque nightclub and shared a bottle of Belvedere Vodka, while censuring the music that the DJ was playing. The two hit it off from there, saying, “We can do better.” Pall and Rhett started spinning at parties and loved jamming together. They’ve been blowing up NYC ever since.
Claude Zdanow, manager of Stadium Red, met Pall during his club promoting years and remained good friends. After hearing Pall and Bixler spin, Zdanow thought they had a fresh outlook on music. “They just wanted to DJ and not deal with any of the business aspects,” said Zdanow. “That’s where I come in.”
Their style is basically, “Anything goes.” The two are very laidback, normally sporting a t-shirt and jeans, Pall rocking the nerd glasses. “You don’t want to look like you’re trying to hard,” said Bixler. “We’re good looking guys, we look good in everything!” said Pall. They tend to bring out the funny when they DJ, dressing like medieval knights, Scooby-doo, even Obama! “Of course we cut out a hole in our masks, so we can smoke our cigarettes,” said Pall.
“We just want to have fun, and not appear stuck up in suites,” said Bixler. These Manhattan hipsters love the Asian community as well and believe them to be a great fan base, because of their great interest in electro music and unique sense of style. “Asians have been on the music scene longer than North America”, said Pall. “We hope to incorporate some Asian music into our beats.”
Having never been to Asia, they seem to know a lot about the culture. Their favorite Asian spots in the city are Omen, for delicious Sushi, Buddha Bar and the exclusive Philippe. “The cigarette boxes in Asia look really cool, with patterns and colors,” said Pall. One of their dreams is to spin in Tokyo, where the party scene is huge. “They would really dig our vibe,” said Bixler. “They would eat it up!”
With their active lifestyle, Pall and Bixler are just enjoying their time in NYC and meeting new people, especially girls that want to have a fun. “Our type of girl would be Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox and Sasha Gray,” said Bixler. With their busy schedules and recent fame, they say it would be pretty difficult to have a girlfriend right now. “I would hate to put a girl in a position, where she would have to keep up with our lifestyle, said Bixler, “because not many people can.” “We don’t want to deal with the drama of a having a girlfriend, especially in NYC where we’re always meeting new people,” said Pall.
But now that they have become DJs, they feel that they have so much more to accomplish. “Now that we’ve accomplished this, we think about the next step,” said Bixler. Their goals neverf stop, they always look for more.