Since the 2016 release of their unique single “Closer”, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have set a precedent. They will not be a typical DJ duo, and they will not produce simple dance music. “Closer” featured Andrew Taggart on lead vocals, a fresh touch in an industry where artists leave vocals up to other artists. “No one else was doing it,” Pall said in an interview, “So we said why not”. Since closer the duo has worked to emerge more and more from the booth, involving themselves in songwriting, putting a message in their songs. The Chainsmokers want to connect with their listeners, and their songs speak to them. Their recent release “Sick Boy” is the newest example of their evolution. The song carries a slightly darker message than most EDM music bears, focusing on the perils of social media in a society over dependent on its use.
“Sick Boy” targets the addiction people have to social media, remarking on how it syphons identity, and touching on the duo’s on frustration with overexposure. As celebrities they are constantly in the spotlight with no real privacy to be found. “Sick Boy” and singles like “Closer” are examples of the duo’s involvement in song writing. One of many elements that set the duo apart from the rest of the genre. Another element is Andrew Taggart providing the lead vocals. Usually when it comes to the human element within EDM, DJ’s look to other artists. According to Pall the group does not want to make typical dance music anymore but create a body of work that focuses on their identity as artists. “Its really exciting to witness our music find emotional connection in our listeners” Pall said, stating that the group makes music for themselves first. The special relationship they have with their listeners comes from the connection created. The Chainsmokers write what they think, and the listeners show they think the same way.