Their audience won’t know about the times when the greatest dilemma during international travel was how to get someone to take a photo for you. But the growing fan-base of The Chainsmokers will know to dress in clothing easy to remove and why carry-on luggage prices have increased above the larger to-check type. Things have gotten darker everywhere you turn. And as this relatively new mastermind DJ-Duo recently discovered, breaking out is hard to do.
Though a different two kicked it off back in 2012 enjoying such explosive sounds as “#Selfie,” “Erase,” “The Rookie,” and performing the opening act for “Timeflies” at Terminal5 in New York, today’s sounds of The Chainsmokers are engineered by veteran Alex Pall and replacement fit Andrew Taggert. They’re riding the ever undulating wave of EDM with no signs of dimming. But as they adjust to the concept of presenting music that appeals to a set crowd, they did experience the need to test the waters with their recent acclaimed, nusical interpretation “Sick Boy.” With a host of interesting sounds in between, if you decide to check them out, you’d better set aside a nice piece of time because you could get lost riding their waves.
By all reviews and even self-admission, “Sick Boy” rattled out significantly darker measures in every aspect of the score. Alex Pall offers an explanation. ‘We play the music that visits our hearts and minds. We hope that it visits the hearts and minds of our increasing fan-base, as well.’ He reflects outloud, ‘It’s a continual aim nowadays because evrerybody’s got their own channel to display. You know, because of the internet and how people do business and earn money. But so, like, when you have many parts to you, how do you decide what belongs or what doesn’t belong on your channel? And will your audience dig the next new thing you offer? So, yeah, that’s how it is.’
Taggert appreciates the complexity of his musical partner, sincere practicality mixed in with artistic ‘nebulence,’ if you will. There’s night. And there’s day. But they’ve never been mutually exclusive. If you can handle the blend, you’re on to something. In the end, you just want something that people will remember forever. Dare to be different. Even different than yourself as people have come to expect you. Sometimes an underscore can be a misnomer, so to speak.