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Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart Establish Their Identity Through Their Music

The Chainsmokers have already publicly released their new hit “Closer,” that featured singer Halsey. In contrast to their other past singles like “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”, their recently released hit highlights Andrew Taggart singing.

Most singers naturally sing their own composition and songs, but it is quite different for Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart along with their DJ peers who normally depend on vocalists and songwriters to make their electronically manufactured sounds have a more human touch to it. The duo’s venture into customizing their kind of music complements their dream to become full-fledge artists who expresses feelings and ideas that cannot often be seen with traditional music beat head-bangers that are behind DJ booths.

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Despite the fact that most DJ artists would prefer to be obscured behind big stage drops and enormous synthesizers, Taggart and Pall are striving to make the public see them more when they perform, trying to incorporate a tenderness into their genre of music which is often absent in most performers nowadays.

The duo were interviewed on their plans of evolving as their fan base grows, about their new hit sensations, and their plans on launching their unique identity. And below is the answer on how they are currently establishing their personality as a duo via their music:

Question: Does being a DJ duo and being in the electronic genre makes it more difficult to create a strong identity as an artist?

Answer: Yes and no. Because each genre has the same stuff that sounds like other popular stuff, and there are plenty of individuals vying to stand out among the rest. So, mostly a song can be played with in more than 30 different versions. However, if you really want to be an artist then the song you put out must be creative, artistic and has content that nobody else has. So, to develop your identity as an artist you will wait for your big song, and ensure that it is heard by the right people before you put it out for the public to hear.

Like in “Closer,” where the lyrics state about hooking up again with a past girlfriend. Then being attracted to her again and knowing the real reason of the break-up.

With New Track ‘Sickboy’, The Chainsmokers Show A Healthy Attitude Towards Social Media

As reported in everywhere from Forbes to L.A. News Watch, The Chainsmokers have dropped a new single on us, the track ‘Sick Boy’. Having already broken the song worldwide as of this writing (it premiered on January 17th), The Chainsmokers continue their hot streak which began back in 2014 with ‘#Selfie’.  With ‘Sickboy’, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart take a turn from their patented symbiosis of Top 40 and EDM to deliver a darker view than we have come to expect from them. It turns out that the highest-paid DJs of 2017 have a lot to ponder these days about what comes with their enviable position. Taggart sings lines like “Make no mistake, I live in a prison / That I build myself, it is my religion” and “Feed yourself with my life’s work / How many likes is my life worth?”, making it clear that things are no longer all coming up ‘Roses’ in Chainsmoker-Land.

Credit for the track is due to not only Pall and Taggart, but also their keyboardist Tony Ann. The songwriting fingerprints of powerhouse Emily Warren are on the tune as well. As you may recall, her relationship with the guys dates all the way back to their track with Tritonal, ‘Until You Were Gone’, back in 2015. Quadruple-threat producer, songwriter, DJ, and singer Shaun Frank takes a hand in stirring up the pot as well.

Thankfully, this change in direction doesn’t seem to have alienated many (if any) of their worldwide fans. The song has taken top radio positions all over the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and more.   According to the interview in Forbes, it appears we can expect even more topical tracks and sonic boundary-pushing from Pall and Taggart. Perhaps emboldened by the Grammy nomination for ‘1-800-273-8255’ for Song Of The Year (Drew was one of the songwriters of Logic’s smash about suicide prevention), it is clear that The Chainsmokers aren’t just going to rest on their laurels and keep pushing out what worked for them early in their career.


Chainsmokers Take A Darker Turn With New Single

The Chainsmokers (Alex Pall and Drew Taggart) have always been known for a distinctive style that is equal parts pop and equal parts electronic dance music. For a band that has only been on the national scene for about two years, they have quickly distinguished themselves as industry favorites and carved out a niche all their own.

The Chainsmokers have always had a habit of putting out a song about once a month. They say they like to do that in order to keep the themes of their music as current as possible. However, the interim before “Sick Boy” was a lot longer. Before releasing this song, they had not put out any music for about nine months. The explanation for this, as given by the duo themselves, is that they wanted this song to be the beginning of a “new chapter. They said that they had grown a lot, as artists and as people, and that they wanted to reinvent their music in order to reflect that.

As such, this new single moves in a significantly darker direction. It is a very plain and direct statement about what the internet has become. A lot of the lyrics imply a sense of isolation and narcissism all rolled into one. It is not simply another whining critique of society’s ills. Rather, it seems to honestly accept the nature of fame in the internet age, and all the scrutiny that goes with it. In a world where every celebrity both past and present is in competition for the collective attentions of the internet, and where the average person has just as much of a voice as these celebrities, narcissism and isolation can often lead people to say and do things that destroy their careers and credibility forever. Internet fame can often turn into infamy.

When asked about the motivation for this new single, Taggart says that the song was really meant to express anger and frustration about the state of the world and the nature of social media. While this represents a shift from their earlier work, Pall and Taggart say that their fans have mostly responded well to the new sound.