Demolishing Expectations, The Chainsmokers Kill the Fame Game

After a nine month lull, electronic DJ duo The Chainsmokers, composed of talented musicians and producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, finally released their newest single entitled “Sick Boy.” The song, unlike their previously produced hits, hints at a more brooding side of the duo. Described in press releases as “a song about self-identity in today’s world and standing tall in the face of what you can and can’t control,” the track was both unexpected and well received. Eclectic fans of the artists didn’t hesitate to welcome the change with open arms, prompting a quick release of a similar second installment “You Owe Me” only one month later.

When asked by Forbes about what encouraged the new sound, Taggart said “Honestly, frustration. A little bit of anger…We realized we just need to put our reaction to all of that kind of stuff into the music.” Some would consider the quick transition into a different sound risky, considering the group only just shot into success in 2015, producing music that was borderline Top 40, but it’s clear The Chainsmokers are confident in the progression of their music and rightfully so. The duo recently found themselves sinking further into fame after landing on the charts with the record breaking title of the first #1 Dance Artist on Billboard’s recently created Dance 100 list, accompanied by an insanely impressive performance at Ultra Miami 2018. The team of talented musicians are displaying a natural aptitude for more than just music, fearlessly and unapologetically taking charge of the direction they want their careers to go. Fans and critics alike are expecting The Chainsmokers to become the next powerhouse of the music scene and from the looks of it they’re making all the right moves, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/08/26/why_the_chainsmokers_closer_featuring_halsey_is_no_1_on_the_hot_100.html

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