Over the years, The Chainsmokers have touched a lot of their fans lives. This year especially, many of their new releases have a much darker tone and discuss problems in celebrity culture like mental health. Earlier in 2018 when EDM artist Avicii chose to take his own life, his death sent ripples of grief to all his fans, loved ones, and the music industry in general. The Chainsmokers took the opportunity at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards to take a moment when they were presenting one of the awards of the evening.
Alongside the musical artist Halsey who was featured in their hit “Closer”, The Chainsmokers talked about the inspiration that Avicii had provided to both themselves and electronic dance artists across the world. Mental illness can affect anyone no matter who they are or where they are from. This is why Halsey insists it is so important to reach out to your loved ones who are going through a hard time mentally.
Later in the evening, The Chainsmokers took the time to speak about Avicii once again as they accepted the award for best dance/electronic artist. All of the nominees of that evening had been inspired by the work of Avicii in one way or another according to The Chainsmokers and they should all be grateful for the effort he made in the music industry. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart dedicated their award to Avicii due to the inspiration he had provided to the duo.
2018 has been a huge year for the Chainsmokers so far with the pending release of a new album. This new album will be a followup to Memories… Do Not Open that was released by the duo in 2016 which then went platinum. The Chainsmokers also topped the Dance 100 list from Billboard this year. This list was only very recently introduced and The Chainsmokers are the first duo to ever receive the recognition. The Dance 100 is powered only by data and encompasses a lot of diverse talents in the electronic dance music industry.
Just lately, the Chainsmokers published “Closer. ” Unlike their previous singles, the rising hit exhibits Andrew Taggart (part of a duo with Alex Pall) singing. Although an artist singing on their track seems to be self-evident, electronic music typically relies on songwriters and vocalists to add that soul. Pall and Taggart are working to reveal themselves more and more, spinning closeness into a style that is oftentimes empty of passion aside from the euphoric-like drops. The pair reviews their origins, the latest single, and how they strive to advance with their increasing audience.
Alex Pall mentioned that starting away he DJ-ed growing up as a pass-time for him in NYC. Ultimately, he appraised that dance music was engrossing his life, so he determined to give it a decent go. Drew was introduced to him by his manager and from then on they were burning the midnight oil so to speak, and now look where they are.
Taggart recalled sitting on the tour bus one night with Alex as they got the motivation for “Closer. ” Whilst listening to Dashboard Confessional and these nostalgic tracks, we kind of traveled back those emo days at age 14. “Damn, we miss songs like this.” Fuck it, why don’t write about the things which happen to all of us, announced Taggart. He actually remembered being in Syracuse with these extremely rich girls he was infatuated with. Soon after getting to know them and sleeping with them, the magic wore off. “I wanted to write a really unsexy sex song.”
Pall says that they’re forever changing their live show to fit with the expanding audience. Obviously now, with a song like “Closer” coming out, having Drew singing is drastically going to alter their performances. Usually, their music is live, which they’re satisfied oversteps the typical DJ. He talks to their visualist every day about creating new arrangements and crafting their own ideas. “It’s the sort of hustle where if you get satisfied somebody else takes your spot, ” Pall described. So for them, it’s about kissing the edge and giving people a breath of fresh air. “We make music for ourselves, and it’s really exciting that everyone else is enjoying it, ” concluded Pall.