The Chainsmokers are an American EDM-pop duo formed in 2012 by Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Their music, according to Taggart, is a blend of hip-hop, dance, pop and indie, citing deadmau5 and Linkin Park as influences. Pall is responsible for DJ-ing duties, while Taggart is the duo’s producer, vocalist and writer. The two achieved great heights of popularity after their breakthrough single in 2014. The Chainsmokers have an extensive list of singles to their name, as well as 3 EPs and 1 full-length album, released in 2017 which peaked at number 1 in the Billboard 200.
When talking about the beginnings of the collaboration, Pall notes that both of them knew what they brought to the table. Upon understanding that both of them share a similar music states and they both are ambitious and want to make the project work, they worked extensively on their music and to shape their identity as artists. Pall also mentions that the two always push themselves harder towards becoming better artists and they want people to relate more and more to their music on a deeper level.
Before being one half of The Chainsmokers, Pall was acting as a DJ on the New York City scene and had a small career, but he considered it only side work. He decided to give his DJing career a proper shot however, and ended up quitting his job after his manager introduced him to Taggart and the two started working on the music project.
Alex Pall states that their live show is forever changing, and as the duo’s audience expands they have to keep pushing themselves. He mentions that they do not want to keep doing the same things and they bring it upon themselves to offer a new and exciting show. According to him, they are taking things a step further in regards to the production and their performance. He declares to be proud of the fact that they perform their songs live, as it transcends the typical DJ. It is important for them to give people new experiences and be at the forefront of pushing boundaries.
The Chainsmokers new music is truly a reflection of the world around them. This group changed up its musical style and this new sound has catapulted them into a different direction. The Chainsmokers used to make snappy upbeat music. Now, their music is more sinister in terms of its lyrical content and message.
The Chainsmokers music is a departure from their previous sound which was about love and having a good time. Sick Boy is a departure from this past sound because it touches off on a different mentality that is present in modern society. The song is about people’s need for social media to communicate in modern times. This song is also about the other modern issues that are impacting people’s lives today. With society being so up in the air and modern life being so unpredictable; Sick Boy is a perfect song for this day and age.
The song might not get a lot airplay, but it has garnered over 140 million views. This song has amassed more views than their hit song Paris which was frequently played on the radio for many months. Sick Boy is the perfect song to highlight this generation of millennials. Alex Pall said in an interview with Ryan Seacrest that he and Andrew Taggart had to do something different at this point in their career. Sick Boy was the first single for their new era of music.
The duo also released two other songs that fits into this new darker side of the Chainsmokers. The name of these songs is You Owe Me and Everybody Hates Me. You Owe Me has a video that starts off boring and bland but ends up being a real nightmare. Everybody Hates Me is another tune that follows in the vein of Sick Boy. That song was released in March.
Sick Boy had a good run for nearly four months. Hundreds of millions of people know about it and it continues to attract more people every day. Alex Pall wants his fans to know that even though the group is taking on more of a darker sound; he and his partner (Alex Taggart) are going to make the best music possible for them. So far, his fans are into this new sound and they truly like the direction that the group is taking. The Chainsmokers do not have to worry about Everybody Hates Me even though they are a Sick Boy because they still make high quality music.
Pall, known as one half of the duo The Chainsmokers came into his own, DJing around New York City describing it as ‘side work’ and a ‘little career’. His music grew from a hobby to consume his life. Pall got to the point he wanted to give his music his all. He was introduced to Andrew Taggert. Andrew had a pension for electronic music before the wave happened. In all actuality, the wave of electronic music wound its way throughout Taggert’s college experience. Pall and Taggert hit it off and the pairing made sense. Pall knew this by their conversations and how they evolved from what they themselves brought to the table into talk of drive and ambition.
Taking constant stock of who was on top in the business at the moment and frankly who was not making the cut. Being hard on themselves to become better because Pall believes people feel their music on a deeper level. Pall also conveys that discussion is important in bringing a concept to reality. Their real lives always being the constant thread throughout their music. Both are dedicated and have a heavy hand in every facet of their sound alongside other songwriters. Pall explains about feeling the pressure of an album and the fans wanting it. They just don’t want to compile songs that do not flow together. Wanting instead, a story that speaks of who they are now. Incorporating unique strong voices like Halsey is a part of that story.
Alex Pall shouts out to social media for helping him gauge what type of people are becoming connected to their music. He breaks it down to more international and a mostly even split between a male and female demographic of 16 to 25-year-olds. Seeing through his own mother walking into a room humming one of their songs he really knows their sound transcends age. They care that their music stirs an emotion. Forever changing audiences and new legions of fans mean forever evolving shows for Pall. There has always been the performance factor but it’s getting bigger. Pushing shows into festivals to bring fans new experiences. He knows becoming complacent in this business is not an option.