While some feel like The Chainsmokers have been in the mainstream for a long time they’ve actually only been a big act in the music industry for a bit over two years. Their very first hit song was in early 2015, which was “Roses”, and they have been on quite the streak of popular songs ever since. They have collaborated with a number of other musicians for some of these hits, such as Coldplay, Halsey, and Daya.
Their success creates a great deal of pressure to keep doing what they’re doing. They could just continue to pump out songs that are somewhere between top 40 pop and electric dance music. However, The Chainsmokers have resisted that siren call. Instead they recently put out a new song, “Sick Boy”, which is markedly different from what they have done before. This is a dark song about the 24/7 fame lifestyle as well as people’s narcissism when it comes to garnering attention on social media. They said this song launches a new era of music for them.
There are two members of this group, Alex Pall and Drew Taggert. In an interview Taggart says that they have grown a lot as artists in the past few years and wanted their music to grow along with them. He said the tone of society is darker now than it was a few years ago and they want their music to always reflect their own thoughts and feelings on things which of course change over time.
In this same interview Pall said that both of them hold themselves to high standards and they want to keep getting to new places musically.
They both think this new direction for The Chainsmokers is pretty exciting. He said for a quite awhile every week brought some new amazing stat for them in the industry. They are moving beyond that now, though, and aren’t really focusing on that type of stuff anymore. He said they are also really working hard to introduce new things to their live performances and putting on the best shows they can for their fans.