Success can do funny things to people. For Andrew Taggart, one half of the sensational DJ duo The Chainsmokers, success turned him into a distortion of himself. Taggart, an alumnus from Syracuse, was introduced to Alex Pall in 2012. Two years later the duo would release a single, “#Selfie” that would change their lives. The Chainsmokers’ success would lead to slots on Billboard’s Top 100, a Grammy Award, and third place on Forbes’ list of top paid DJ’s. In a recent interview Alex Pall described the rise as surreal.
The Chainsmokers’ music fuses streams of indie, dance beats, pop, hip-hop, and expertly crafted electronic soundscapes into cool rifts of smoking sound. Since hitting success with “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” the duo has added a new dimension to their work with Taggart, one half of the duo, adding his singing to their crowd-rousing sound beginning with the single “Closer,” in which Halsey also performs.
Both he and Taggart were astounded by the response and success of their music. In the same interview Taggart recounted the success as frustrating. The DJ/producer enjoyed the success but after a while felt as if the attention was turning him into something he was not. He admitted that this is something all artists go through when they reach mainstream, but the experience did leave him wanting something more. Visit This Page to learn more.
Both Pall and Taggart are of the mindset that their music has been played enough now, everybody has heard it. So, the first thing 2018 brings is a new single, “Sick Boy”, which takes the group in a completely different direction. Two years away from a meteoric rise the duo will go from titles like “Don’t Let Me Down”, to the edgier and darker “Sick Boy”. For Taggart it is necessity as he posits the duo’s music always mirrored society. Society is dark right now, so their music must match. Pall bears the same opinion, but he also believes that Sick Boy will allow the two to grow as artists. He stated that the duo holds themselves to high standards and pushes each other to new places.
So far fan response to Sick Boy has been positive, with die-hard fans and fringe fans alike appreciating the music. Taggart stated that this is the first of many to focus on a new topic and tell a new story. Hopefully that story will see the duo rise past sensation to become a mainstay.