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The Chainsmokers Return with New, Darker Sound

Published / by TheHI

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.


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Alex Pall-Don’t Just Call Him a DJ

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Alex Pall makes up one half of the music duo, The Chainsmokers. Pall and his music partner Andrew (Drew) Taggart met in New York when Pall had just decided to pursue his dream job of being a DJ and musician full-time. Drew had just moved to the city from Maine and his manager at the time thought that Taggart would make a great music partner for Pall. Turns out, he was right.


The Chainsmokers have exploded onto the music scene with now-familiar songs including “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down” but this duo is already planning for bigger and better things. The Chainsmokers have recently released a new track titled, “Closer,” with one of music’s it girls of the moment, Halsey. This track opens a new territory for the duo as they move beyond the role of just DJing and mixing the beats for this song. Taggart adds his vocals to this song and this won’t be the last time you hear a new style to The Chainsmokers’ music. Pall and Taggart have only plans to keep switching things up and creating new music without being pigeonholed as one singular type of artist.


Since The Chainsmokers have been on the scene they’ve seen a steady growth in their popularity. Alex Pall made a name for himself DJing in the New York circuit and he was especially popular with the college crowd. When Pall and Taggart began performing together the college crowds continued to be their primary audience, but since more people have discovered their music their audience demographic has changed. Pall noted how he enjoys receiving videos of young kids singing The Chainsmokers’ songs to even hearing his own Mom humming one of their popular hits. Pall understands that listening and enjoying music is about finding songs that speak to you and that make you feel certain moods and emotions. Both Taggart and Pall strive to ensure the songs they write, and release do this. View More Information Here.


If you’ve just discovered the music of The Chainsmokers, don’t worry. Pall and Taggert have no plans to take a break anytime soon. Both guys wish to keep on developing as artists and bringing music, and now epic tours, to their audiences. Pall and Taggert are on a mission to change the face of DJ and Dance music and want you to join them on that journey. (See: The Chainsmokers New Song Video)