These days, you can’t turn on the radio without hearing a song by The Chainsmokers. Whether it’s upbeat pop of last summer’s smash hit, Closer, the rhythmic dance bop, Don’t Let Me Down, or their latest hit, the darkly brooding Sick Boy, chances are you’ve heard a Chainsmokers song. Up until recently, though, The Chainsmokers were behind the scenes of their songs, letting well-known artists, such as Coldplay, handle the vocals. More recently though, duo Drew Taggert and Alex Pall have been front lining their latest singles to great success.
The Chainsmokers began in 2012 in New York City when electric dance music DJ Alex Pall teamed up with Drew Taggert and began remixing popular indie songs. Eventually, the two released their first single, #Selfie, a song that is equal parts silly, self-obsessed satire and undeniably fun dance beat. The Chainsmokers’ music fuses streams of indie, dance beats, pop, hip-hop, and expertly crafted electronic soundscapes into cool rifts of smoking sound. #Selfie was a smash hit and became a staple for dance clubs around the world.
Following their first hit, they released several more singles, such as the wildly popular Roses and Don’t Let Me Down. Taggert made his singing debut on their 2016 track Closer, which featured singer Halsey and mounted to extreme success in the US and UK, which hit number one in both countries.
Since then, The Chainsmokers released their debut album, which was certified platinum last August. In addition, their collaboration with band Coldplay, Something Just Like This, received wide critical acclaim. In 2017, they were also named as the third highest paid DJs in the world, according to Forbes. (See: The Chainsmokers New Song Video)
Recently, Pall and Taggert sat down with Forbes to discuss their success and new song, Sick Boy. Taggert asserted that Sick Boy is the beginning of a new era for the duo to grow both lyrically and rhythmically. He also discussed how Sick Boy was formed due to criticism the duo has faced and represents becoming who they really are as a musical group. Pall chipped in that the past few years have been a whirlwind of success beyond their wildest dreams and they look forward to putting out more music that truly represents them in the future. See Related Link to learn more.