It would be easy to forget that The Chainsmokers are still a relatively new band in the world of pop music. Despite perpetually living on top of the Billboard Top 40, artists Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are still honing in on the skills that are going to carry them forward throughout their career. Recently The Chainsmokers released a new single, titled ‘Sick Boy’, and it showcased the new direction that the pop-DJ duo is planning on heading in. The Chainsmokers are calling this the next step in their new ‘era’ and it is looking like it’ll be the biggest one yet.
Alex Pall and Drew Taggart were just two musicians living and working in New York City when they were connected by a mutual friend. After being connected it was quickly revealed that the two had serious chemistry and similar aspirations in the world of music. So they quickly set to work and turned music into their job and their job into one of the biggest pop acts in the entire world. The ‘Closer’ and ‘Paris’ stars tapped in on an EDM/DJ craze that was either rising at the same time as them or rising BECAUSE of them. Either way, The Chainsomkers proved early on that they were here to stay.
With their early success, Taggart and Pall came to the realization that they had more freedom in how they were going to pursue their future endeavors. ‘Sick Boy’ marks a marked departure from how their past songs have felt. Taggart points out that ‘Sick Boy’ is the first track that the duo has released over the past nine months which is a dramatic departure from their typical, grind-it-out schedule of constant releases. Taggart says that they like to be ‘current’ with the pop culture scene but it was nice to sit back and have the freedom to take their time.
all have always been active in the songwriting department for their tracks, ‘Sick Boy’ is elevated more by their decision to put Taggart on lead vocals for the first time in the band’s career. Is this the beginning of a complete reinvention of The Chainsmokers?