The Chainsmokers are DJ Alex Pall and producer Andrew Taggart, who formed in New York City back in 2012. They broke out into the mainstream several years ago and created some chart-topping dance hits, won highly-coveted awards and performed at the Grammy’s. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have released a new single called “Sick Boy” and the EDM-pop duo explained what inspired them to write a song with surprisingly darker tones. Taggart shared that as a group, they used to put out a song almost every month and like to write what’s current in their world and what they felt at the time. After nearly a decade of not putting out any songs, the dark new single “Sick Boy” was simply a reflection of our society now and what was happening in their personal lives. The new single is set to be the first installment of a bleak new era for the Chainsmokers.
Andrew Taggart has explained that he wrote “Sick Boy” basically out of frustration and ire. This frustration stems from the things written or said about him from people that didn’t know him and the sad fact that individuals will think they relate to him from these stories. This had made Taggart feel like a ‘caricature’ of himself and the only remedy was to put all of his reactions and frustrations into the music itself. He jumped to a conclusion that everyone is just trying to relate to one another these days and expressing themselves accurately on social media has started to become very cryptic. The new track addresses what it’s like to live in our generation now, when social media is taken far more seriously than ever before. DJ Alex Pall excitedly revealed that the Chainsmokers will start collaborating with other great producers for their future work and it’s something that they haven’t done before.
If you are listening to the radio, you have heard “Closer”, a smash hit from the duo the Chainsmokers. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the minds behind the music. The two unlikely comrades met through a New York City manager, who thought the two would work well together. Taggart was interning at Interscope, while Pall was working as a New York City DJ. After meeting, Pall and Taggart’s electronic music hit the bigger stage, producing tracks like “Roses,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Closer.” The pair works well together because of their combined love of music, which takes them beyond the confines of the electronic music scene. They describe growing from the “Young and Free” vibe to one that they feel speaks about deeper, more relatable issues. The duo’s newfound joy moves beyond the electronic scene of DJing and features, creating complex songs that can speak to all demographics. “Closer” sprouts from this process, with Taggart describing putting his vocals onto the track and drawing from his relationships at his alma mater, Syracuse, to create the ex-lovers anthem. Adding Halsey to the track was the dynamite they needed for the smash hit. The two cite 2000’s emo bands such as Taking Back Sunday, which they used to hone the right feel for the song. Both of them feel that combining genres will help Pall and Taggart set themselves apart from their peers, moving them away from the typical DJ image of feature artists and electronic drops. The Chainsmokers are out to push boundaries, expand their listener reach to the entire globe, and be on the forefront of the music scene. Selling out shows at places such as the Red Rocks Amphitheater, as well as making waves outside of the United States, will take them on their way to achieving that goal.