Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are the members of the New York City-based EDM group known as “The Chainsmokers.” Through their successful mainstream debut of the song “Selfie,” they have launched themselves into a very successful pop music career. The Chainsmokers have since released songs like “Closer” (which charted on billboard as number one for over twelve weeks) and “Don’t Let Me Down” just to name a few. This duo has since had worldwide success. The Chainsmokers originally started in 2012 with member DJ Rhett Bixler, who has since left the group due to artistic differences. The Chainsmokers have continued their success in the EDM industry by since releasing their EP, “Bouquet” in 2015 and their second EP, “Collage” in 2016, as well as a full studio album, “Memories… Do Not Open” in 2017. The group has won two academy of music awards and five iHeartRadio music awards as a testament to their success.
With the release of “Sick Boy” in 2018, the EDM duo aims to encompass a “darker” side to their music. In an interview with Forbes Magazine, member Andrew Taggart claimed that The Chainsmokers’ music has always been indicative of the theme of the millennial generation. They feel that with the release of this new song that people will appreciate their advancement as artists and that their music will encompass the current feelings of this generation, that which is darker and more serious. The Chainsmokers pride themselves on being musical representatives of current events and the overall theme of the current younger generation.
Andrew Taggart has gone on to say that frustration has inspired the new song. He claims that the duo is tired of being seen as something they aren’t- a vapid pop group that only aims to profit off of mindless pop music that has no real lyrical value. They are hoping to change that narrative which has plagued them since the release of “Selfie” in 2014.
After listening to “Sick Boy” for the first time, it is clear what The Chainsmokers are trying to get across. They no longer want to be seen as puppets of the pop music industry, but rather use their musical influence through EDM culture as a vent to the frustration of current day-to-day events, even those that may cross the political spectrum. It remains to be seen if The Chainsmokers will release another album with more songs like “Sick Boy,” but for now, it is clear that the duo is changing with the times.