In recent news, Alex and Andrew have opened up and done an interview with Interview magazine. They have given away small details about their works as well as what they are doing for their futures as artists and how they are changing their music for the better. Staying relevant and desired is a concern for any artist out there and the Chainsmokers are finding the best path for them to take on their musical journey.
Alex and Andrew always seem like an inseparable pair and they are often asked how they know each other, many believing they grew up together. The reality is, they never knew each other before they entered the music scene. Both of them had their own gigs as DJ’s in the states and it was their manager that brought them together after Alex’s first partner left the band. As soon as the two met, it was a perfect musical match. Both of them have the same inspirations, and their passion is similar for the sounds they like to create.
As any musician knows, there are challenges involved in creating an identity among audiences. For Andrew and Alex this is certainly true, as they are happy with who they are recognized as but they still have many hurdles ahead if they want to reach their goals. For a few years, the duo was solely focused on dance music and the party scene, mostly popular with teenagers and the college scene. Today, they have expanded their horizons and are producing new sounds that are a breath of fresh air for their fans.
One thing the Chainsmokers do not plan to change is their collaborations, which have been tremendously successful for them. the great majority of their music since 2015 has featured other musicians and guest vocalists for their songs. Starting in 2018, the Alex and Andrew have made big changes to their musical style, trying to portray a different vibe in their music and tell different stories. The Chainsmokers are still trying to push their boundaries for every show that they do to give the people new and better experiences every time.
The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, originally formed back in 2012. However, their breakthrough song wasn’t until 2015 with “Roses”, which hit the top 10 on the US Billboard’s Hot 100. After this The Chainsmokers released songs nearly every month with various collaborations with artist such as Daya, Halsey, and Coldplay. Releasing top charting songs for weeks and quickly The Chainsmokers became a renowned band with a significant fan base. The music style of The Chainsmokers has been, in the past years, up-to-date with the current styles being released. But after a nine month break The Chainsmokers have came back, January 2018, with a much deeper and darker side of music releasing “Sick Boy”.
In a recent interview Alex Pall and Drew Taggart explain this new darker side their lyrics and music. Stating that not only have they grown up as people, but as artists as well and they as a band know what they want to talk about lyrically through their music. Although, their music is still a reflection of today’s generation with lyrics like “how many likes is my life worth” referring to the idea of how this generation communicates using social media, such as twitter, Instagram, etc. “Sick Boy” is stated to be “one installment of this new chapter” to be released by The Chainsmokers and other unknown collaborations and producers.
The darkness of this new music has come from some anger in which social media can cause. For instance, people relating to you for someone you’re not or people degrading you for someone you’re not. There are both good and bad to social media and as stated by Taggart sometimes you just need to let it out. That is what they are doing for this chapter in their career as a successful band. They are not setting themselves up for failure by “knowing” this is going to be a hit album. They just want the fans to follow this new chapter and listen to how they feel not only as a band, but also how others or yourself might feel with this new darker side.