The Chainsmokers, the Darker Side

The Chainsmokers are getting in touch with their darker side with their new single “Sick Boy” the first of many new songs in the works that explore the dark realities of today’s society. Circling around social media and the image that is projected there, the fear of judgment and the way social media has changed and shaped the struggles for today’s youth. “Sick Boy” calls for everyone to face the harsh realities of looking in the mirror to face what’s within and making a decision of what to portray to the world of social networking.

The Chainsmokers are a young American DJ and production duo made up of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The two have been together since 2012 and released their first hit single “Selfie” in 2014. The Chainsmokers have been on fire ever since releasing one explosive track after the other. Up until this point they have adapted an EDM-pop sound focusing on love and life that fans have fallen head over heels for, but with their new single “sick Boy” it seems they are taking the music down a darker path.

In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Drew Taggart explains “‘Sick Boy’ is the first installment of this first new chapter for us”. Taggart went on to say “I feel our music’s always been lyrically, at least, like a reflection of our generation and what it’s like to be part of it in terms of relating to other people. And Romance. The next topic is a little bit darker, but I think that’s the tone of society right now”. See the full interview over at

And it seems fans can agree, “Sick Boy” has already found its way into the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and is gaining popularity internationally. As of today, “Sick Boy” has 147,116,378 views on YouTube and has 1.4 million Likes! For all of the men, women and teens who are blaring their radios with The Chainsmokers, it looks like they are happy to follow down whatever path Pall and Taggart decide to lead.

What The Chainsmokers Latest Release “Sick Boy” Is All About

The Chainsmokers are an American duo who specialize in dance-rock music. They do DJ work and production. The first song they ever released was “#Selfie” which made its debut in 2014 and went on to achieve international success by breaking into the top 20 singles in multiple nations. Their debut album, released in October 2015, was Bouquet. Since that time they have released two other albums which are College and Memories…Do Not Open.

Following up on this success, the Chainsmokers have now released a new single called “Sick Boy”. It takes a darker dip than most of their catalog does. The two members of this band are Alex Pall and Andrew Taggert. Alex recently sat down for a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest to discuss this song. He says the point of the song is that everyone nowadays is on social media which isn’t necessarily bad but dark things do happen as a result. The challenge is how you show yourself to the world which is a self-inflicted wound by being on social media at all and yet being on things like Facebook and Twitter are becoming unavoidable. He says he and his bandmate live the 24-hour fame lifestyle so they know what the cost is of having little to no privacy as well as the general public quick to judge.


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Alex Paul and Andrew Taggart wrote this song along with Tony Ann, their keyboardist, and Emily Warren who is a professional songwriter of acclaim. It was partially produced by Shaun Frank. Since its release the song is doing well in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Germany, France, and other European nations.

The Chainsmokers first got together in 2012. At the time it was Alex Paul and Rhett Bixler. After Bixler left the band Andrew Taggart heard about this and left Syracuse University in order to join the band. The Chainsmokers band name came about because Pall had been attending New York University when he came up with it and as many college students do he enjoyed smoking marijuana from time to time.