Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart formed The Chainsmokers back in 2012. Introduced by manager Adam Alper, the DJ/producers began making remixes. As their careers began took off they switched to singing and writing their music as well. Their first breakthrough was a song called “#Selfie”, landing in a top twenty slot in 2014. 2015 saw the release of their debut EP, Bouquet, which contained the hit single “Roses”. (More about Chainsmokers on Beatport: The Chainsmokers)
Roses grabbed the top 10 slot on Billboard’s Hot 100. From there the success came pouring in. Their next hit song “Don’t Let Me Down” nabbed the top 5 and earned a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Since then the New York based band that toes the line between EDM and Pop has hobnobbed with superstars and even made the careers of some up and comers. Coldplay joined them for their single, Something Just Like This, and their Grammy Awards – winning song, Don’t Let Me Down featured Daya. The duo, which has only been active for two years, now faces the daunted task of what to do with such mainstream success.
The music industry is filled with sudden sensations. Performance artists who have quickly risen to the top to quickly flame out. In the wake of their meteoric rise The Chainsmokers faced an important decision. Do they try to reconstruct the magic that made them, or do they go in a different direction? Their newly launched single Sick Boy says they are going in a different direction. The single is a darker than their other music, a culmination of their growth as artists. At least that is what Taggart says. In a recent interview he marked Sick Boy as the beginning of a new chapter of Chainsmokers’ music which focuses on a darker topic. The alumni from Syracuse University posits that the duo’s music reflects their generation. He may be right. Although ardent Chainsmokers fans followed without hesitation, other less passionate fans are following the duo down their road as well. Hopefully it will lead to as much success as the last one, cementing the duo as artists and not just sensation. See This Page for additional information.