After being asked what the Las Vegas nightlife market is currently missing, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers have some trouble coming up with answers. The DJ/producer duo has been behind the booth on the Strip since around the time they first went platinum in 2014, so for them to focus on the opulence, above-industry-standard production value and top-notch hospitality of the city’s nightclubs is understandable.
After a brief pause, they each rattle off amusing responses: “Sober nights,” jests Taggart, with Pall humorously opting for “a moral compass.” Fans might expect these answers from the party-friendly pair. But after an exclusive Vegas Seven chat with them just hours before they kicked off their three-year Wynn Las Vegas residency, it was apparent that Pall and Taggart weren’t just embracing Sin City stereotypes—they also respect the scene, and are genuinely excited to continue their role as Las Vegas headliners.
Joining the ranks of returning Wynn residents such as David Guetta and Diplo, The Chainsmokers launched their extended engagement at XS Nightclub January 6, walking out to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” in a debut reminiscent of ringside introductions reserved for boxing and MMA greats. The thing is, if any sonic beat-slinging heavyweights deserve such an over-the-top introduction after 2016, it’s The Chainsmokers. Not only did the duo best former reigning dance king Calvin Harris with more Billboard Top 10 hits this year—“Roses (featuring Rozes),” “Don’t Let Me Down (featuring Daya)” and “Closer (featuring Halsey)” all hit multiple-platinum status, the latter holding Billboard’s top spot for 12 weeks—but they also scored a trio of Grammy nominations, including the coveted nod for best new artist.
What followed their Slim Shady start at XS was a set chock-full of danceable tracks, nostalgic throwbacks and a sprinkling of those songs that have kept The Chainsmokers atop the charts all year long, all augmented by the duo’s vibrant stage presence. Taggart is definitely the hype man, jumping onto the booth to scream into the mic and taking time for selfies with booth-bombing fans, but Pall’s blatant excitement for the music and everything that was going on around him was just as fun to watch. The energy at the club was palpable—you could tell anyone within earshot was having a night to remember, from the iPhone-wielding millennials to the Gen X moms and dads fist-bumping with cocktails in their hands.
“With Vegas, we try to be part of the party,” Pall says. “It’s definitely a performance, but we want to be on the same vibe as everybody else, so we treat it a little differently.”
Catch The Chainsmokers at XS on January 14 and February 3, and read our interview with the duo in this issue of Vegas Seven, on pages 16-18.