The Chainsmokers are a musical duo made up of a Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, a DJ and a producer. Their sound is too varied to be defined to one genre, but they have been described as dance, pop, edm, and electropop. The act is signed to Disruptor Records, a joint venture between Sony and Columbia as of April of 2015. The duo have had 11 songs hit the billboard charts, 5 of them have been top 10s and one of their songs has reached all the way to number 1.
The Chainsmokers kicked off 2018 by releasing a new single called “Sick Boy.” “We haven’t put out a song in nine months,” Taggart said in an interview. “Which is a really long time for us.” The Chainsmokers are known for their unorthodox release schedule. Rather than release an album every year like most acts, The Chainsmoker release singles every couple of months. Starting in 2015, with their first studio single “Roses,” until their first studio album came out in 2017, all of the music heard by fans was released one song at a time.
The Chainsmokers, whose sound has always been changing, say that “Sick Boy” is their biggest change yet. For the first time, fans are hearing a darker version of The Chainsmokers. Andrew Taggart explains that the change in their sound can be attributed to the change in culture in America. “I feel -like our music’s always been lyrically, at least, like a reflection of our generation,” Taggart explained. “The next topic is a little bit dark, but I think that’s the tone of society right now.”
“We’re going to keep them coming,” Taggart said when asked if more dark toned songs were on the way. With one album behind them, we could be seeing the development of the sound that will be heard on their next studio project. However, to the contrary Taggart explains that music moves so fast in today’s world that the sound of mainstream music may change dramatically before the next Chainsmokers album hits stores.