Chainsmokers and “Sick Boy”: A Darker Twist to EDM

The Chainsmokers have been very successful for two years now. Some music fans that listen to Electronic Dance Music, or EDM, feel like it has been decades that the Chainsmokers have been in the spotlight. But they really have only been in the mainstream for two years now. Their rise to becoming Electronic Dance Music Superstars has been due to their song “Roses”, which was released in 2015. Since then, the duo has been successful for not months, but years now. This type of success comes with tremendous pressure to perform. The duo has the ability to put out more than half a dozen songs on the market in a year, as they traditionally release something new every month, in an effort to keep up with the times and keep their music current relative to the industry. But Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have not put anything out in nine months, until they put out “Sick Boy”. The song is reflective of their anger and desire to outsmart the critics, many of whom have not met Pall and Taggart personally, but still criticize both their music and their lifestyle. The song also allows Pall and Taggart, who have grown as artists and as people, to talk about the problems within society today, as their music is reflective of the generation that they grew up in, and the problems in society that they face.

Traditionally, the Chainsmokers brand of music can be thought of as a mix between top 40 Pop and also EDM music. The new song “Sick Boy” has a darker twist to the music that is a new chapter in the legacy of the duo as artists and as EDM experts.

The duo feels that this new chapter will allow them to draw in new fans, and a new group of those that can appreciate EDM.