The Chainsmokers have been considered divergent for a few years now. The New York based EDM duo, enjoyed their first hit single back in 2014. Since then they have continued to remain mainstream. Their music has garnered a loyal following, and has transcended boundaries. From their involvement in the songwriting, to Taggart providing lead vocals, the duo has attempted to set themselves apart from their contemporaries. Still relatively new to the industry, the duo is not slowing down, and continues to push boundaries. Their recent 2018 release “Sick Boy” is a foray in a completely new direction, one the duo believes to be important to their future. This is not the first time they have dared to be different. Back in 2016 the Chainsmokers broke new ground in their single “Closer”. In the song Andrew Taggart took lead vocals, something that EDM DJ’s never really do. Since that point the Chainsmokers have been testing new ground and bridging new directions.
“No one else was doing it,” Pall stated in an interview, recapping the decision to let Taggart take vocals. “So we were like, “Why Not”. According to Pall the group works hard to find their identity, stay abreast of what is going on, and forge ahead new ground. “In order to stay engaged and interesting you have to try new things,” Pall declares. The duo definitely tries new things. In addition to the lead vocals, Taggart and Pall also have a heavy hand in songwriting. Most EDM music is a remix of another artists work, or a collaboration where the DJ’s provide the beat to someone else’s words. The Chainsmokers like to talk to their audience, actually have a story beneath their backbeat. “Sick Boy” is definite proof of that, as the song speaks very clearly about a struggle the artists face. The song focuses on the perils of social media, its dependency, effects, and the horrors of celebrity oversaturation. As with “Closer” Taggart provides the lead vocals. The song feels as though the band is truly speaking to the audience, and is the step both artists want to take.