New York based DJ Alex Pall and his cohort Andrew Taggart never imagined their star would rise to the heights it currently occupies. Although the Chainsmokers are more popular than ever, the EDM duo has not been around that long. Their first hit single “#Selfie” came out in 2014. For the duo it has been a roller coaster ride, but now with the release of new single “Sick Boy” they have something to prove. The song, which can be relegated to a simple dance jaunt, complete with soundscapes and backbeats, carries a serious message within it. This message is another example of the group trying to connect to its audience, establish their identity, and set their work apart form the rampant remixes clustering their chosen genre. For Alex Pall it is the quest to make his music more than just paying the bills and hold on to a fast-escaping relevance that plagues all artists.
“We don’t want to make albums made of 12 songs that have nothing in common,” Pall stated, “We are at the point where we need to make a cohesive body of work”. In an interview the duo gave following their 2016 hit “Closer” they laid down what their end goals were. “We get together everyday and work to find identity” Pall said. The duo is only 4 -years old in mainstream time, not a very long run. Even though they are enjoying success, the duo wants to establish themselves at artists. It is about passion and not just money. This is why every song is an evolution of who they are. “Closer” featured Andrew Taggart on lead vocals, something most EDM artists never do. The song was a definite step in a direction both men wanted to take. Since then their music has become more personalized. In the end they want to define their music, and not be defined by it. “Sick Boy” is another step towards breaking the audience barrier. For now, this sound is going to be their new identity. But the group will not stop here, the quest for relevance never stops.