The Chainsmokers continues to make exceptional sounds, six years after they came together. By the EDM industry standards, they journey has introduced interesting aspects in EDM. For example, they were the first group to co-write and sing on their songs in EDM. This development served as an encouragement to many upcoming and seasoned EDM artists. In addition, they have expanded the EDM audience scope. Musical markets such as Asia and South Africa were previously considered as non-EDM markets but the genre of music is growing in these markets.
After forming the group in 2012, Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall experienced their first breakthrough two years later. The group song, #Selfie will always be their market signature. It was their first time for the Chainsmokers to top chats, not only in the USA but also in Europe. Since then, every project they have worked on has always received massive airplay and massive viewership on YouTube. Two of the Chainsmokers songs have over one billion views on YouTube.
Whether they have collaborated with a young talented artist or a big brand such as Coldplay, there is always a uniqueness in the final sound. According to the group, the only criterion of collaborating on a project is musical chemistry between them and the other brand.
In the last 24 months, the group has received more than 16 awards. They have won a Grammy Award, iHeartRadio award, Billboard Award, TeenChoice award among many others. The ability to resonate with all these audiences paints a picture of a world brand in EDM. For the Grammy award last year, the group was recognized for their quality of vocals as well as their exceptional instrumental. Their approach to vocals and instrumentals is the reasons many people continue to refer the group as the future of both EDM and Pop.
The Chainsmokers have always exploited the world of internet in pushing their brand to the world. They point out that the impact of Spotify and iTunes on their musical journey is big. It is from these sources they interact with exceptional sound makers such as fellow EDM artists. Getting inspired by the industry greats is an important part in creating good sounds.
The Chainsmokers were formed when Alex Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart met in 2012. They were introduced by their mutual friend and current band manager Adam Alpert, who know both men were looking for a partner for their music. Much to no one’s surprise, the two hit it off and formed a fast friendship that led to the Chainsmokers playing their first show in 2014 at Terminal 5 in New York, opining for Timeflies. After that gig the rest, as they say, was history, as the dup began playing regular live shows, releasing albums and singles, and hitting #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic and Top 200 Charts with their first full-length album, “Memories…Do Not Open.”
In-between EPs and albums, the Chainsmokers release many singles that can be downloaded for free at their official website. In late July they released their most recent of these singles, “Side Effects”, featuring vocals by friend of the band Emily Warren. Warren has collaborated with the Chainsmokers several times before, and the duo says they truly love working with her. They speak about how effortless the collaborations with Warren are, with Pall and Taggart saying she is an intelligent, compassionate and well-educated musician that they enjoy working with.
“Side Effects” is an up-tempo, disco influenced song. Its upbeat flow is a departure from the Chainsmokers’ recent releases, most of which were written during winter. The season impacts the feelings the duo have at any given time, and their music is written to be a reflection of these feelings as well as their experiences at the time. Calling “Side Effects” a “summer banger”, the two wanted a song that would get people excited and energetic for the summer season.
The Chainsmokers perform live shows on a regular basis all across the country. They have evolved from “two guys behind a turntable” to having many elements of a traditional live band on stage with them. They especially like the contributions made by their drummers. Taggart has put effort into singing live before a crowd, something he wasn’t too terribly comfortable with only a year ago.