Climbing “Closer” to the Top: A Brief Story of The Chainsmokers Success

The Chainsmokers crashed into the Top Ten in 2015 with their single “Roses,” and since, producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have continued to make a splash on the pop charts. They produce a unique blend of styles called Electronic Dance Music, sometimes called EDM.

Recently, Forbes caught up with the Chainsmokers to discuss their “turn into darker territory” with their new single “Sick Boy.” In the interview, Taggart comments that “[he feels] like [their] music’s always been lyrically, at least like a reflection of [their] generation.” He notes that the new single captures “frustration” and “a little bit of anger.”

More specifically, he points out that the ideology behind “Sick Boy” would be that moment of “watching yourself become a caricature of who you are” in a time where everyone suddenly “has a platform” and is “constantly checking, relating to, and worrying about posting.” In fact, a 2018 article by LA News Watch notes that “Sick Boy” qualifies “’sickness’ [as] being the identity crisis caused by our society’s emphasis on social media exposure.”

In addition, they discussed Taggart’s part in Logic’s powerful “1-800-273-8255.” Apparently, the infancy of the hit arose from a series of chords Taggart wrote on the piano in a session with Logic. Taggart comments that “it’s been such a positive piece of art for the world, and it’s really humbling and exciting and I’m super grateful to be a part of something like that.”

The Chainsmokers topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Closer” in 2016, collaborating with Halsey and holding the top slot for twelve weeks. Singles “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Something Like This,” and “Paris” followed “Closer” into the Top Ten, and the Chainsmokers plan to continue to not only keep up with the music industry but also move past it. In their interview with Forbes, Taggart comments that “music moves so fast now, and even the sound we were making before is, you know… I’ve heard it a bunch by now. We want to do something different.”

So, “Sick Boy” is just the beginning of this new era of Chainsmokers.

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