The Chainsmoker’s new single “Sick Boy” has a message to share with its listeners, and that message is a little dark. It may be unheard of to look for meaning, relevance, and social commentary within the synth beat of a dance song, but that is exactly what the DJ duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have given us. According to Pall it is direction the duo insists on taking, as it is one more step in their overall quest of identity. Pall and Taggart do not want to be just a pair of DJ’s, they also do not want to become parodies of themselves, what they want is to be established as artists. “Sick Boy” is the first of a new series of songs that represent the groups journey of self-discovery, and so far their fans are ready to come along.
“Sick Boy” targets the addiction of social media, remarking on how it syphons identity, and touching on the duo’s on frustration with overexposure. As celebrities they are constantly in the spotlight with no real privacy to be found. “Sick Boy” and singles like “Closer” are examples of the duo’s involvement in song writing. One of many elements that set the duo apart from the rest of the genre. Another element is Andrew Taggart providing the lead vocals. Usually the human element within EDM, DJ’s look to other artists. According to Pall the group does not want to make typical dance music anymore but create a body of work that focuses on their identity as artists. “Its really exciting to witness our music find emotional connection in our listeners” Pall said, stating that the group makes music for themselves first.
It is also about relevance. According to Taggart it is very easy to become a parody of yourself. The haunting epidemic of irrelevance within music chases many an artist. Popular one second, outdated the next. Pushing boundaries is a way for the Chainsmokers to remain at the forefront, to constantly relate to their listeners, and not lose their voice. So far it is working.
Meet the Chain smokers. They have reached success not in smoking, but for being DJs and producing duo songs that are epic. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the current chain smokers. Initially, chain-smokers were made up of Pall and former DJ Rhett Bixler. The group reformed in 2012 under the management of Adam Alpert who introduced Pall to Taggart who was working in a gallery by then.
Chainsmokers have received many awards for their songs. The song Bouquet that featured ‘Roses’ was released in 2015 and was voted among the top 10 in the US Billboard 100. They also released the ‘Don’t let me down the song that was among their top five single which won the ‘Grammy awards for the best Dance Recording’ which was released in 2016 with their debut studio Album.
Chainsmokers and Hasley honour Avicii at the Billboards Music Awards
If you are new in the world of secular music, you may be wondering who Avicii is? Avicii was a darling to many. For the lovers of music, he was a known Swedish DJ and renowned producer. He passed away at the age of 28 after struggling with mental illness for long before it was discovered he took his own life. Chainsmokers and Hasley took time to honour him during the Billboards Music Awards. They acknowledged how essential and inspirational he was to them and the community at large. The chain smokers dedicated their award to Avicii for influencing them to reach the success in pop music.
Chain smokers win Top the Billboard’s dance 100
Chain smokers were named the first in the dance artist on the billboards dance 100. They showcased an epic performance in Ultra Miami Performance. Their hit went viral and now appears first on the billboards top 100 lists. The sick boy song that they released caught fans by surprise. The song was provocative and entertaining to fans of all age brackets.
The chain smokers have remained in the minds of their fans by producing new songs that are trendy and catchy to all fans regardless of age and class.