Since the release of their 2016 hit single “Closer” the Chainsmokers have been chasing the label of artist. Not content with just making dance music, a fact both have revealed in numerous interviews, the group has been working to better connect with their listeners. “Closer” was one of their first forays. A delightful foot-stomper featuring the talented Halsey, the song also featured Andrew Taggart on lead vocals. In the EDM world DJ’s look to other artists to provide the human element, relying on them to sing vocals, and even write the music. In an industry awash in remixes, having an EDM group serve up one half as the human element was revolutionary.
Since “Closer” Taggart has regularly provided his voice, and the duo themselves have become more involved in the song-writing. For Pall it is all about identity, finding a voice within their work shows who they are. Since the release of their first hit “#Selfie” the duo has been lost in a wave of mainstream success. Their fame has brought them much, but it has also skyrocketed them to a point they never realized they could reach. “It all happened really fast” Pall remarked. Now in the wake of their success, the two are trying to discover who they are.
This year has seen the release of their next evolutionary step, the 2018 single “Sick Boy”. According to Pall the duos’ goal is to create a conducive body of work that departs from traditional EDM albums. “Sick Boy” certainly exemplifies that as it takes the group music in a completely different direction. The song makes a serious statement about the dependency of society on social media, and the stress that overexposure brings. The song is meant to connect emotionally to their listener but is also a focal point for their own feelings. “We write the music for ourselves” Pall states, “and it is delightful to see other people relate to it”.
The Chainsmokers is an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The group first got recognition for their hit song “#Selfie” which debuted in 2014 and their debut EP was released in October 2015. Bouquet reached top ten status on the US Billboard HOT 100, while the famous song “Closer” became their very first number one single on the charts. For their impeccable work and producing such great dance hits, The Chainsmokers have received two American Music Awards and five IHeartRadio music awards. Andrew Taggart was quoted describing the duo’s music as “blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip hop.” With musical influences such as Pharrell Williams and Deadmau5, Blink 182, Taylor Swift, and Max Martin, it’s no wonder The Chainsmokers became famously popular.
At the Billboard Music Awards, The Chainsmokers and Halsey honored the late Avicii, who was a beloved and respected Swedish DJ and producer. Before announcing the Top HOT 100 Song of 2018 to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito”, the duo, Pall and Taggart told the thousands of people whom attended the Las Vegas Grand Garden Arena that night, that Avicii was “an artist who inspired so many in so many ways and meant so much to us and the EDM community.” Halsey added that he was “such a joy to work with and that makes this tragedy all the more painful.” Avicii passed away on April 20th, 2018 in his home, from taking his own life. The duo Chainsmokers later mentioned Avicii again when presenting the Top Dance/Electronic act, stating that “We want to dedicated this award to Avicii, he is someone who made us believe that this is something we could do with our lives. He inspired all of us, influenced our music and influenced pop music in general. He will be missed and I hope he’s found peace.”
The Chainsmokers later rung in March, 2018 with an even more hyped up released with their latest single “Everybody Hates Me” and though there is no video for the song at this time, the audio track has brought in more than nine million views in under a months time from the release date. It is safe to say that this group is captivating millions, the fandom continues to grow and so does their list of top hits, and they have no intention of slowing down.