The Chainsmokers – Challenging the Boundaries of the EDM Genre

With a pulsating beat and raw lyrics, The Chainsmokers latest chart-topping hit “Sick Boy” fans the EDM fire. Released on their Disruptor Records label, “Sick Boy” has more than 124 million views on YouTube. This cut has a darker tone than previous cuts and signals the beginning of a new musical chapter for the duo. The lyrics facilitate an intimate look through a political lens exposing America’s current political climate.

The lyrics say, “I’m from the east side of America where we choose pride over character, and we pick sides but this is us, this is us, this is.” The first verse continues, “I live on the west side of America where they spin lies into fairy dust, and we can pick sides, but this is us, this is us, this.” Not one to shy away from what is real, The Chainsmokers base their music on their own experiences and the experiences of their contemporaries. In the refrain, the hard-punching lyrics state, “Welcome to the narcissism where we’re united under our indifference.” This line according to a recent interview gives the nod to social media where the number of hits magnifies the quantification of a person’s personality. Social media is a place, according to the lyrics, “where we’re united under our indifference.” The song’s bridge continues the edgy lyrics, “How many likes is my life worth? Feed yourself on my life’s work. How many likes is my life worth?”

Speaking about “Sick Boy” on the red carpet at the 2018 Grammy awards, Drew said, “This song is kind (of) about discovering your self-identity while living in a world where everyone posts everything they do and (it) projects kind of a curated reality on Instagram. And that’s how we interact with one another.”

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Fortunately, their label allows Taggart and Pall to be creative and political simultaneously. The fans are the beneficiaries because “Sick Boy” has a bumping dance beat overlaid with a tight, relevant lyric.

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Not Your Average Music Artist Alex Pall

Chainsmokers is a DJ duo that is currently putting out some of today’s catchiest tunes. Chainsmokers relies on the tracks that they have created, along with an artist singing on the track. These two men want to be artists that are known for having thoughts and feelings. With every track that they create, they are allowing us to go into their world just a little bit deeper every time. Pall and Taggart met through Pall’s manager. Pall was DJing in New York City, and realized that dance music was taking over his life.

 

This was what Alex Pall really wanted to pursue. So, he talked to his manager about it, and his manager introduced him to Taggart. Taggart was in college and had taken an interest in DJing, right before he met Pall. Taggart was also working in production. He, like Pall, realized that dance music was a passion of his and he wanted to take it to the next level. Taggart got on a bus, left Maine and went to New York City. From the first time that they had met, they started creating music. This was four years ago. Both men knew that this was going to work because they both knew what the other brought to the table. (See: The Chainsmokers New Song Video)

 

They also both knew how much each other wanted to be successful and how passionate they were about the music they created. It helps that both men having meaningful conversations about what they want within their music and work together to make it happen. Pall is not worried about making themselves stand out within the music crowd. They started off as dance music but being lovers of all genres of music they have branched out. Giving their music the ability to be labeled into many different categories. The duo takes their life experiences that they have had and writes their songs based off of them. Go Here to learn more.

 

Pall feels that this gives them an advantage since most artists today do not write about their lives within their songs. Pall also thanks Instagram for allowing them to see what the demographic is over those enjoying their music.

 

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