The Chainsmokers, during their 4 year partnership, have released one album and two EPs, but their catalog far exceeds this small discography. Since 2014 they have been releasing singles – enough singles to make at least another album.
Their first No 1 song was “Closer.” They had other hit songs, but none had ever reached the number one spot. “Roses,” and “Don’t Let Me Down” both entered the top 10. “Closer” was actually a huge step forward for the group, even when you don’t consider its commercial success. This song was the first time Andrew Taggart, one half of The Chainsmokers, performed vocals on a song. In fact, neither of the two had ever sang on one of their own songs.
All of their songs before “Closer” relied on guest vocalists to add the words to their music. “Closer” also features a guest vocalist. Halsey joined Andrew Taggart, creating a duet about two people in a relationship. The song talks about their love for each other and their struggles pertaining to moving in together.
Gone with the need to have guest vocalists, The Chainsmokers are sure to move their careers forward in the most positive way. In fact, during and interview with Interview Magazine, they talked about how their live show has improved since “Closer” was released. They no longer have to make fans sit through vocals being played through loud speakers. Andrew Taggart is now behind the microphone. He could even perform the vocals of other performers.
There were several topics discussed during this interview. Everything from The Chainsmokers’ origin stories to their demographics were brought up during the discussion.
Alex Pall told the interview that, thanks to Instagram, he can accurately tell what type of people listen to his music. The Chainsmokers have fans from all over the world. Their age demographic seems to be between 16-25, but they are almost evenly split between girls and boys.
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.