The chainsmokers have been around the music scene since 2012 and have had a ton of success with their music. They just released their newest summer anthem “Side Effects” and recently talked to Billboard.com about their growth as artists and where they are at in their careers now.
The chainsmokers are used to playing huge concerts in the club every weekend but they recently played at the Hollywood Palladium and they loved it. Drew Taggart told Billboard that “it’s really fun anytime we play a show in LA” while Alex Pall mentioned how often they get to play in clubs so the smaller venue was a good change of pace for them. That change of pace has spread to their newest song, “Side Effects” which released in Late July and has a very disco feel to it. The rest of their songs this year have been more mellow, low key jams while this song is “definitely funky” according to Taggart.
This song goes along with their general pattern of writing about what they feel, what they observe and especially about millennial relationships. They love thinking about things near and far and are very interested in sci-fi and the internet. Within this age of ultra-connectedness they enjoy looking at things everyone is doing online and poking fun at it without condemning it. The song also features Emily Warren, who is a frequent collaborator with the duo. The Chainsmokers love working with Warren as they find her funny and very intelligent and easy for them to get along with.
The Chainsmokers first found fame with their hit song “Closer“ and that song still holds a significant place in their hearts. They view that song as the middle point of their growing up as artists and a very personal song. It was actually the first song that Taggart had ever sung on and he has continued with his singing, singing more and more in recent years and really enjoying his time doing it. One thing is guaranteed with the Chainsmokers: They aren’t going to slow down anytime soon.
Halsey, the fast rising star, featured in Chainsmokers recent track “Closer”. The track that was released in mid 2016 was one with a number of firsts. Andrew Taggart sang at some point. “Don’ t Let Me Down” along with “Roses” their other popular singles did not have any of these features.
The DJ duo leaped into an unknown territory with this move. Their contemporaries are known to come up with great sound scapes but call on vocalists to bring on board the human element.
Alex Pall and Andrew are keen on rebranding themselves. They are looking to join the league of real artists as they work on shedding off the faceless DJ tag. It won’t be a walk in the park but the duo are ready to pursue this to the very end. They intend to revolutionize dance music. The drug-like euphoria that is a common feature of this genre will soon be coupled with emotion if their plans sail through.
Their audience and support base has been on the rise in the recent past. As time goes by, they’ll need to keep stepping up their game. It is their only option if they hope to keep growing in popularity.
Alex Pall was active in the DJ world for a long time before meeting up with Andrew. He was doing this on the sidelines while in New York but loved every minute. His love for dance music stemmed from an art gallery.
It was about this time that his manager introduced him to Taggart. They easily clicked and a partnership was birthed. Taggart had only completed his college education. His love for electronic music was demonstrated by his playlists. He had also taken part in the production of a number of songs.
Taggart’s experience in production together with his songs was enough to prepare him for what was to come. Their music background made things relatively simple. They were able to assess their current situation and chart a way forward. They spent long hours together and it paid dividends.
The future holds a lot of promise for the duo who have been in partnership for more than four years. It took a lot of time and resources to get to where they are. More sacrifice will still be required for them to achieve their dreams.