2013 launched the careers of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, better known as The Chainsmokers, when they released a self-proclaimed “annoying ass record” #Selfie. While #Selfie hit the Top 20 on Billboard, peaking at number 16, it received mixed reviews. Still, it garnered much attention and the song hit the charts in several countries and the success, albeit unexpected, prompted the release of the band’s first EP Bouquet in 2015 with the leadoff single aptly called Roses.
The Chainsmokers continued to turn heads and garner attention putting out single after single and joining forces to collaborate with some of the biggest names on the music scene. There were projects with Daya, Swedish singer Charlee and the number one Platinum hit Closer with Halsey. They started selling out notable venues such as Red Rocks and winning awards including two American Music Awards.
Now five years later the EDM DJ duo are continuing to consistently put out hit singles and change the landscape of music. Only three months into 2018 The Chainsmokers have released two new singles starting with Sick Boy in January and Everybody Hates Me which dropped last week. The new songs take a darker view of life in the limelight, showing the frustration and anger towards the world at large from The Chainsmokers viewpoint.
Part of the appeal of The Chainsmokers is their ability to catapult their success across multiple musical genres including pop, hip-hop, and dance. It’s not surprising to note that the band takes inspiration from a variety of fellow musicians citing Blink 182, Taylor Swift and Taking Back Sunday as strong influences.
What comes next for Taggart and Pall? They want to continue pushing the envelope and creating new sounds. Settling has never been an option for them and multiple new singles are set to be launched this year. No matter what happens, you can bet that The Chainsmokers will continue to blaze new ground and set fire to what came before.