The Chainsmokers have become a really popular duo over the past few years. Their songs are on rotation on Top 40 radio stations on a regular basis. They’ve had three really successful albums, the last one being certified platinum, and numerous singles. They are well known for songs like, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Something Like This”, “Paris”, “#Selfie”, and “Closer”. They took a nine-month hiatus from releasing singles and then released “Sick Boy” which marks a new chapter in their musical progression.
Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are the two musicians who make up this band. When asked about the darkness of “Sick Boy” they said that the song is a reflection of how everyone is putting on a front of who they really are, especially on social media. They don’t like that they are being defined by article writers who don’t really actually know anything about them as people. “Sick Boy” is a reflection of that and is meant to be different than what they have done before.
Drew Taggart talked about how everyone now has a platform on social media. He said he wonders about the healthiness of this, especially for younger people. They are trying to figure out who they are in life while things like Instagram are spewing out popularity statistics at them which isn’t good. Alex Pall agrees that too many people are constantly checking their social media, liking various pictures, and otherwise doing things that really add zero meaning to their existences. They hope people will listen to their newer songs and reflect on whether all this is good for them or not.
“Sick Boy” was dropped on January 17, 2018. The Chainsmokers released another new single a month later called, “You Owe Me”. When they were performing a live concert in Prague they debuted another song entitled, “Everybody Hates Me”.
The Chainsmokers are known for incorporating a number of live elements into their concerts. Rather than doing standard DJ sets like most musicians in their genre they do something much more difficult but also something far more engaging for audience members, elevating the concert experience into something really great.