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New Year, New Sound: The Chainsmokers Offer Something Different for 2018

“Sick Boy”, the newest single from The Chainsmokers, marks a darker turn for the Grammy-winning duo that gave us “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”. The single was released in January after a nine-month drought of new music from the pair and is distinct both in that it is clearly a Chainsmokers creation yet is like nothing we’ve heard from them before.

Drew Taggart, one half of the duo, says that the new sound is a reflection of how he and partner Alex Pall have grown as entertainers, and is also reflective of our social-media driven culture. As he recently told Forbes Magazine, “We think about how we relate to the world now with social media, and how much you’re projecting. You can only tell so much of a story there, too. Then, everything else is left up to their interpretation, and that’s not something that just we artists go through. Everybody does.” Alex Pall reiterated this idea in an interview with Ryan Seacrest: “[Narcissism] is just something that we all see every day and live with now that everyone has a social media platform… it’s not necessarily a bad thing—you kind of have to figure out… the way you’re presenting yourself to the world … it’s self-inflicted, but also a necessary evil in communicating in today’s world.”

These ideas are clear in the song’s lyrics:

And don’t believe the narcissism When everyone projects and expects you to listen to ’em Make no mistake, I live in a prison That I built myself, it is my religion

Taggart and Pall are betting that the new sound will be well-received by fans, as the group plans to release further songs that are different lyrically and musically from what they’ve previously created. They also plan to collaborate with other producers, something they’ve never done before. However, true fans need not worry that the duo will stray from its roots – Taggart and Pall assure that they will stay within the pop and EDM sound that has rendered them such huge success.

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Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart Discuss Expanding Musical Boundaries

It was the day after the release of their new single “Closer” and both halves of the dance-pop duo The Chainsmokers was bristling with excitement in an interview with Mathius Rosenzweig. The interview began with the duo discussing their humble beginnings. The two DJs were brought together by their manager Adam Alpert after Pall’s former group member Rhett Bixler left the group. “It was love at first sight,” remembers Taggart. The two began making music together in Pall’s apartment the next day and worked their way from obscurity to the top of the charts. (View: The Chainsmokers New Song Video).

 

The group also discussed their future as they geared up for an upcoming festival at Red Rock and a fall tour. “We don’t want to make straight up dance music anymore” says Taggart when discussing the future of their music. The two DJs are constantly trying to find new ways to make their shows more exciting and expand their genre. These changes are most evidently showcased by Taggart actually singing on their new track “Closer.”

 

Part of Taggart and Pall’s push to constantly innovate also comes from their change in audience. As their audience grows in scope of age and nationality the two DJs wish grow both in their showmanship and their musicality. “We bring it upon ourselves to bring a new and exciting show.” The duo mentioned that they already have years’ worth of new material that is already radically different than their songs that are out right now and the two have no intention of slowing down.

With their astonishingly quick rise to fame, it’s not hard to see why Pall and Taggart are excited. However, despite their widespread success, the two are continuously looking into the future. “I think when you get complacent is when somebody else takes your spot,” says Pall near the end of the interview, “So for us it’s all about being on the forefront of pushing new boundaries and giving people new experiences.” Find Additional Information Here.

 

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