Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall broke out in 2014 with the top 20 single “#Selfie” and the world was introduced to the duo known as “The Chainsmokers” The DJ/production duo became even more relevant to the music scene the following year by breaking into the top 10 with another single “Roses”, then up into the top 5 with “Don’t Let Me Down” which also went onto win a Grammy Award for “Best Dance Recording” and then “Closer” became the duo’s first number 1 hit.
Popularity has skyrocketed greatly for the duo. The Chainsmokers have won five iHeartRadio Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and are continually preparing to release some new musical treats since their beginnings.
Pall and Taggart hooked up in New York City and actually progressed The Chainsmokers when one of the original founders, DJ Rhett Bixler, who had partnered up with Alex Pall in 2012 to form the duo, decided to part ways. Taggart was introduced by The Chainsmokers manager Adam Alpert. (Read more about Chainsmokers on Beatport: The Chainsmokers)
Recently the two new sensations sat down for an interview with Forbes Magazine and talked about how their music is heading in a “darker” direction. In an interview with Forbes contributor Hugh McIntyre, Pall and Taggart also discussed how challenging it can be to follow up on prior success and also how important it is.
All though The Chainsmokers has churned out so many hits in their very young span in the limelight it’s been 9 months since they released a song which according to Taggart is a “really long time”. Their most recent release is “Sick Boy” which they consider a new chapter and reflects how they’ve grown over the last few years.
Building off of what they consider is a reflection of not only themselves but in society currently and the world around them, inspired The Chainsmokers to reach into the dark side because that is what Taggart and Pall feel is happening in the now. Refer to This Article to learn more.
Writing the song in a sense out of frustration. Realizing that once you become “known” to the public and across social media, it can be frustrating to try and display or define who you really are and everything becomes misinterpreted and an incomplete story which is where the frustration and anger derive.
“Sick Boy” and their next couple of songs to be release are aimed at what it feels like to be alive right now and the duo feels as though their listeners will relate.