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”.