In 2012, current Chainsmokers manager, Adam Alpert introduced Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Pall had been working as a DJ in New York, attending New York University to study art history and music business. Soon after being introduced, both aspiring artists realized how similar they were not only in musical influences and tastes, but also in drive and ambition. Pall and Taggart released their first single, “#Selfie” in 2013 and began performing live shows immediately thereafter. In what seemed like an overnight launch to superstardom, the duo broke into the Top 10 with the 2015 release of their single, “Roses.” Since that release, it seems as though the Chainsmokers have been on an unstoppable rise to worldwide fame and the success that they both craved when they met in 2012. (See: Chainsmokers on Beatport: The Chainsmokers)
Taggart and Pall’s newest release “Sick Boy” seems to stray from the energetic, fun atmosphere of those early hits, which could be deemed as startling by some within the music industry, as there is almost certainly pressure to replicate what brought them to the limelight of the EDM genre. However, Taggart explains that The Chainsmokers primary goal isn’t to necessarily make music that is deemed a radio success. Instead, they hope to produce songs that resonate with an ever-growing fan base. In the case of “Sick Boy,” both Pall and Taggart acknowledge that the music may have a “darker” feel to it, but that is because they believe that is where society is at as a whole right now.
“Sick Boy,” while a start contrasts to songs like “Roses” and “#Selfie,” offers listeners an insightful look at the minds of the artists that they have so quickly fallen in love with. Pall and Taggart acknowledge that songs like “Sick Boy” and the singles that will be released in the next few months are meant to address what it is like to be a member of their generation, existing in the world with the way things are today.
Instead of being enamored by the idea of breaking records and accomplishing new levels of success every week, The Chainsmokers aren’t driven by those measures of success; instead, The Chainsmokers seek to consistently create better music, put on a better live show, and continuing to develop as a band, all the while producing songs that relate to their listeners.
“Sick Boy” may be an entirely new sound for the Chainsmokers, but if the past is any indication of the future, it will be another successful release in what seems to be a meteoric rise to fame. See This Article for additional information