The Chainsmokers is a duo comprised of DJ/producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart. The duo got their start playing at clubs and venues in New York City. Their first show was opening for Timeflies at Terminal 5 in 2012. Other venues that they have also played at are Marquee Vegas and Opium Barcelona.
The Chainsmokers first broke into mainstream music in 2014 with their hit single #Selfie which was on the top 20 charts in many countries. After that, their success began to climb exponentially. They released their debut EP Bouquet in October of 2015. The album featured the single Roses which made the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This single catapulted them to the spotlight and The Chainsmokers began to release hit after hit. Their single Closer featuring Halsey was in the number one spot for 12 weeks, and Don’t Let Me Down featuring newcomer Daya won a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording. The Chainsmokers released an EP album,
Collage, in November of 2016, followed by a studio album, Memories…Do Not Open in April of 2017.
In the past, Pall and Taggart have said that they are still figuring out exactly what their sound is, and their new single Sick Boy makes it evident that their sound may be evolving. The music is a lot darker than the music from their last album. According to Taggart, the inspiration for the darker sound stems from anger and frustration. It is a reflection of how people feel when they put themselves out to the world, intending to relay a message but the world takes that and interprets it into something different, especially when it comes to social media. The duo plans to have Drew Taggart as the front man on this new album (before they were both producing the music and would have featured artists singing) and they look forward to giving the world more of what they have to offer.