Chainsmokers New Single Frees Artists From Caricature-Making Fame

The Chainsmokers just released a new single, Sick Boy, and is quite unlike anything they have done before. In an interview the DJ duo, made up of New York University Alumni Adam Pall, and Syracuse Alumni Andrew Taggart, speculated that Sick Boy was the beginning of a new chapter. The Chainsmokers have risen to much success in a short expanse of time. Now with success on their side they are taking the opportunity to experiment and establish themselves as artists.


The Chainsmokers first appeared on a top twenty slot in 2014. Their hit song, #Selfie established their breakthrough and led to their first EP, Bouquet. They flew up the ladder after that, hitting the top 10 of Billboards Top 100 with “Roses”, then the top 5 with “Don’t Let Me Down”. Don’t Let Me Down also garnered them a Grammy Award. In a recent interview Taggart stated that he always felt the groups music spoke to their generation, mirroring the tone of society. Sick Boy, helmed as a darker than their previous music, follows that same tone. Taggart said that the song would be the first to focus on a new topic. In the same interview Pall addressed their success, saying that the whirlwind was unbelievable, but the duo was not letting it go to their heads. In fact, the duo is using Sick Boy to escape where their music has put them.


According to Taggart, Chainsmokers’ rise to success also came with frustration. Fame unwittingly led to them becoming caricatures of themselves. Taggart, who believes that you can only tell a story for so long, applauds Sick Boy as a break. The song allows the group to establish themselves as artists, break through the caricatures, and tell a whole new story. Given the fan base the group has already accrued this new avenue will probably be a successful one. Whether it will take them to the next level as artists is another question. For now, Sick Boy accomplishes what is supposed to. Give the artists something to say to an audience yearning to hear it. Go To This Page to learn more.


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