It’s hard to believe that the producer/DJ duo of the Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have been the in spotlight for only a couple of years. They’ve made quite a name for themselves during that time with several of their hits, including “Roses”, “Something Just Like This”, and “Bad Blood”. Ever since their debut two years ago, they have been under enormous pressure for them to keep re-inventing themselves and churn out at least six new tunes to keep up with EDM and the Top 40. Fortunately, it was something that Pall and Taggart could pull off quite easily. They recently launched a new single called “Sick Boy”.
Taggart remarked that by the time “Sick Boy” came along, they had gone nine months without producing a new one, which is very unusual for them. He and Pall prefer to stay extremely current with the music that they crank out. Taggart also stated that he and Pall prefer to act as reflective voices of their generation and that they made “Sick Boy” darker because they feel that that’s the current overall mood of greater society.
However, Taggart also stated that “Sick Boy” is a result of him and Pall feeling frustrated over the fact that most of their fans don’t really get to know them except through the work that they do. He said that “Sick Boy” also acts as the voice of the frustration that he and Pall couldn’t easily describe.
When the Chainsmokers started out in 2012, it originally consisted of former DJ Rhett Bixler and Pall. However, when the Chainsmokers was reformed with EDM under Adam Alpert’s management, Pall was introduced to a Syracuse University student and intern at Interscope Records, Drew Taggart. By that time, Taggart had been experimenting with producing songs on SoundCloud. When Bixler decided to leave, Taggart took his place and left Maine to stay in New York City. From there, they experimented with remixes of indie bands and their first major collaboration was with recording artist Priyanka Chopra on their single, “Erase”. The duo has been going pretty much nonstop ever since.