Straddling Top 40 pop and Electronic Dance Music, The Chainsmokers, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pell, have had extraordinary success since 2015 with such hits as “#Selfie”, the Grammy Award winning “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Closer” and “Something Just Like This”. They moved onto a new phase with the single “Sick Boy” which is distinctly darker than their earlier work. Taggart imparts that the darkness is out of frustration and some anger caused by fame and how other people characterize you who don’t know you and you become a caricature. So they determined to put it into their music. It’s an expression of what it’s like right now for someone of their generation. Also, people of their peer group using social media to express themselves and they concern themselves with taking it all so seriously and the anxiety it causes is conveyed through this darker, more somber phase.
Pall and Taggart find pushing themselves in this new direction exciting and getting too wrapped up in chart statistics and the like is not what it should be all about. It should be about making the best music they can.
They plan to keep pushing themselves and doing new and fresh things that can be scary, but they don’t want to produce music just because they think people will like it. They know what they want to say and they know what sounds good to them.
Taggart and Pell feel it’s important to balance out the fact that they’re kind of in-between pop and EDM and they’re going to be working with some fresh, young producers and they feel they complement each other very well.
Taggart was nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy, “1-800-273-8255”, that he wrote with rapper and songwriter Logic and he feels grateful to have been a part of something so positive. When Def Jam Recordings submitted the song for the Grammy nomination Taggart’s name was omitted. Fortunately, that was corrected and he did get credit for it.