The producers-turned-performers duo that has broken all of the rules, as well as many records, is releasing a new song that is much different from its previous hits. “Sick Boy” is a track that is significantly darker and more serious than “Closer,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Something Just Like This.”
In a recent interview with Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the men behind the music, they talk about their recent and rapid rise to success and what it means to them to try something different. (See: Chainsmokers on Beatport: The Chainsmokers)
Having begun collaborating in 2012, Pall and Taggart focused for years on their somewhat successful work as DJs and producers. They started performing live together in 2014 to promote the single they had released a year earlier. This led to some popularity and then a record deal in 2015. The Chainsmokers’ music fuses streams of indie, dance beats, pop, hip-hop, and expertly crafted electronic soundscapes into cool rifts of smoking sound.
“Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya, and “Closer,” featuring Halsey, got the Chainsmokers to the top of Billboard charts in 2016 and even won a Grammy Awards. The duo was heard almost non-stop on the radio and on streaming services, and they gave numerous performances at top-tier awards shows and festivals.
Given their DJ backgrounds and their involvement in the electronic dance music scene, many seemed to expect that The Chainsmokers would continue to collaborate with big, popular acts to keep on cranking out hits. After all, in 2017 they had another hit, this time featuring Coldplay with “Something Just Like This.”
But the release of “Sick Boy” and their recent comments suggest that the Chainsmokers feel frustration with how they are perceived, and much angst about many things happening in the world right now.
The Chainsmokers waited nine months between singles, which for them is a long time. They refer to it as “the first installment of this first new chapter” of their creativity. Click Here to learn more.
The new track and their comments related to it suggest that Pall and Taggart care deeply about their craft. Their patience indicates that they take their art seriously.
To the surprise of some, this indicates that the Chainsmokers are more than a flash in the pan. It looks like they will be around for a while, featuring many different sounds.