Alex Pall, one half of the duo that makes up The Chainsmokers, is a very ambitious man. The Chainsmokers our current mainstream EDM DJ Duo that has been enjoying much success since their breakout in 2014. The group was originally formed in 2012. In the beginning it was made up Paul and DJ Rhett Bixler, Bixler however left in the beginning and Paul was eventually introduced to Andrew Taggart. Since then the duo has been inseparable, working around the clock to develop sound that has made them a sensation. According to Paul though this is all just the beginning. Since the 2016 release of their single closer The Chainsmokers have been pushing the boundaries of EDM. Closer featured Andrew Taggart, the other half of the duo, singing lead vocals which is very unheard of in EDM circles. Most artists operating in this genre stay behind the booth, allowing vocalists to sing vocals and some writers write the songs. Alex Pall however, want something more out of his career.
Alex Paul is all about becoming an artist in creating a body of work that’s connected. In a recent interview Paul stated that he and Packard push themselves constantly become their artists. This is evident in their live performances that become far more personal, Taggarts singing the vocals on more and more of their songs, as well as the duo contributing and even writing their own music. Paul feels as though The Chainsmokers stay engaging and interesting by trying new things. It’s also about the escaping the mundane format of every other DJ album, creating music with a purpose rather than remixes of other people songs.
For Paul and Taggart is about being at the Forefront venturing the new territory. From their live performances, dramatic human element their infusing into the music, Paul and The Chainsmokers continue to evolve in their search for identity.
The Chainsmokers are probably one of the biggest bands in the world right now but we wouldn’t forgive you if you didn’t recognize them on the street. Unlike most massive pop icons, The Chainsmokers are a DJ/Production team where their main vocals, sung by Drew Taggart, were added in as a last resort. The Chainsmokers have lived their entire two-year career on the charts and the band is coming back to fundamentally change their image with a new single titled, ‘Sick Boy’.
The Chainsmokers came out of the gate firing as a pop/EDM duo. They released their very first single, ‘Roses’, back in 2015 to nearly instantaneous success. The song quickly made it to the Top 10 charts and their checks were signed and the band was on the rise. Over the past year or so you are probably familiar with their hits ‘Paris’, ‘Closer’ and even a collaboration with Coldplay titled ‘Something Just Like This’. All of these songs fit a certain mold which included heart-thrumming musical numbers with soaring vocals and immaculate production. Taggart and Pall sat down in an interview in order to reveal that this history was going to stay just like that — history.
‘Sick Boy’ looks to be a turning point for the band in a way that their old music could never have been. The song is gritty, darker, and rawer than anything else that they’ve ever done. Taggart is quick to point out that ‘Sick Boy’ came out after the band’s longest hiatus, spanning nine months of relative radio silence, but that this was very much by design. Taggart talks about how the band used to be on a monthly release schedule which allowed them to stay relevant and very reactionary to the current cultural affairs.
Still, turning away from who they were is allowing Taggart and Pall to allow ‘Sick Boy’ to be the next chapter in what has already been a lucrative career. Taggart points to the current global climate, referencing how dark things have been, as one of the bigger influences on the new track and how they went about designing it.