The Chainsmokers are a well-known DJ and Production duo made up of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart. The duo became famous from there huge hit songs “#Selfie” and “Closer.” “#Selfie” was a very popular single in a number of countries in 2014. The song “Closer” was a collaboration with popular recording artist Halsey that peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts in 2015. Ever since, the Chainsmokers have only been growing in popularity. The duo has created a number of songs that have been on the Billboard Hot 100
Charts including: “Paris,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Something Just Like This” just to name a few.
The Chainsmokers have been in the news recently due to a respectful tribute that they made to the late Avicii at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada last Sunday. The Chainsmokers and Halsey went on to present the award for Top Hot 100 Song of 2018 at the Billboard Music Awards, but not before acknowledging the life of the great Swedish DJ and Producer Avicii. The Chainsmokers always looked at Avicii as a huge inspiration to them and wanted to take some time to pay tribute to the late DJ. The Swedish DJ took his own life on April 20th at the age of only 28 years old. The Chainsmokers wanted to make sure that they spent some time remembering the great DJ that they looked up to and had a huge part in them pursuing their musical career. Halsey and the Chainsmokers then went on to talk about how Avicii was such a huge inspiration and joy to work with and will be missed.
The Chainsmokers later went on to dedicate the award they won later in the show for Top Dance/Electronic Act to their inspiration Avicii.
In the Forbes press release “The Chainsmokers Discuss ‘Sick Boy’ Single And How Their New Music Is ‘Darker’ Than Ever Before”, The Chainsmokers are revealed to be one of the most popular chart topping bands since 2016, despite their name not receiving as much recognition as some of their songs like:
Lack of name recognition has hardly put any sort of dampeners on the Chainsmokers success though, as they’ve continued to saturate both Top 40 Pop charts as much as they’ve captured EDM fans. Their new single “Sick Boy” has been called the “Next Phase” in the groups career by Forbes contributor Hugh McIntyre, who has been following the fascinating life cycle of the Chainsmokers, who he says has faced and championed some serious daunting challenges in their career. (Read more about Chainsmokers on Beatport: The Chainsmokers)
In an interview with McIntyre, Andrew Taggart let fans in on some of he and Alex Pall’s journey over the past few years, as they built a reputation for putting on new songs every month. Now, after 9 months of not publishing anything, they are eager to see what fans think of “Sick Boy”; their latest release, which has been hailed as one their “darkest” and deepest song to date. Taggart attributes this to he and Pall’s personal journey into radical self-acceptance, as they learn how to express themselves as they wish to see themselves, rather than trying to be what they think their fans or studio’s expectations of them are. A noble process for sure, and one that they recognize is a delicate tightrope walk. Another reason why they chose to focus Sick Boy and many of there new songs, on what it feels like to be alive right now, and what it’s like to try and become themselves while juggling their rising celebrity statuses.
The Chainsmokers’ music fuses streams of indie, dance beats, pop, hip-hop, and expertly crafted electronic soundscapes into cool rifts of smoking sound.
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