Starting in 2015, everyone has been hearing about The Chainsmokers. They have become megastars in the music world thanks to their remixes and collaborations with various pop stars. In the past couple of years, the duo Alex and Andrew have managed to gain millions of fans from all over the world, making smash hits that top the music charts for months on end. Despite being fun party music, their music was popular among all the different generations, which is ultimately what led them to try something different. Anyone who stays up to date with the Chainsmokers has probably heard their new song, “Sick Boy”, though they probably didn’t know it was them until they were told.
This new style of music for the Chainsmokers is nothing like what they produced in the past and has a much darker feel to it. Instead of being happy and fun, “Sick Boy” is focused on conveying a deeper message and connecting with people in a way the group hasn’t done in the past. The Chainsmokers understand the pain and unfair things that happen in the world each day, which all people have to experience. Since everyone is in this together here on the same earth, the Chainsmokers want to make more of an effort to bring the problems to light, rather than shying away from them.
According to the music production duo, they have bigs plans for the future of their music and much more is coming, though none of it will replicate the old music that they became famous for. That being said, they have done pretty well despite such a big change in their MO. They have various collaborations in the works like they have always done in the past. It will be excited to see which artists they begin creating music with their new focus and genre in mind.
Celebrating their newest single release “Closer” ft Halsey, one half of The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall, sits down with interview magazine to talk about his DJing background, the duo’s music, and of course their newest single. Alex Pall begins the interview by answering a question of how this whole thing started. Pall explained he had been a DJ growing up, and that it was more of a hobby and side job than work. Eventually he realized dance music was taking over and consuming his life. He was introduced to DJ, producer partner and other half of The Chainsmokers, Drew Taggart, through their current manager. Pall quit his job and started producing music full time and pursuing music as his career.
When asked about their reasoning behind including their own vocals on the hit track, Pall explained it’s because they want to put a face to the name. They want to be apart of their music. He continued to discuss that it was easy for them to include their own vocal tracking because of the nature of their lyrics. He expressed they didn’t just rely on songwriters to write their songs, and were in fact apart of the songwriting process with other professionals making them a huge part of the lyrics and meaning. He explained that’s why it was so easy for them to incorporate their own vocals into the track because it’s a reflection of what is going on in their lives at the moment.
Finally, when asked why they chose Halsey to work with Pall stated there was no one else they would rather want to collaborate with. He explained that they had wanted to work with Halsey for much over the last part of the year, and so the opportunity to work with Halsey was a dream come true for the duo. He awed as he discussed the nature of her music and explained they had just been drawn to her personality as she had established herself as a very cool and unique artist.
Their hit single, “Closer” ft. Halsey would go on to be at the top of the charts sitting at the number one spot for 12 consecutive weeks in 2016 and become the summer anthem for many teenagers, young adults, and dancers across the world.