American DJ group The Chainsmokers brought forth new music in early 2018 with the release of “Sick Boy.” The latest song achieved top 10 success on the Billboard charts in Norway and Sweden. In addition, it reached gold and platinum accreditation via ARIA, showing that these talented music makers are here to stay. The song was considered a dark departure from previous music from the duo, featuring a message they felt needed to be express.
The DJ duo consists of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart who have now been producing music for over two years. Their hits have included the Grammy-winning track “Don’t Let Me Down” by Darya and “Closer” with Halsey, as well as the song “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay. While those songs are generally upbeat in nature, the group’s new song “Sick Boy” is considered darker than what The Chainsmokers have put out before.
During an interview with Forbes, Taggart mentioned that the song is basically a reflection of what they go through as artists and what people go through in this new generation. He said they generally become caricatures of what people think they are based on what has been said about them. Taggart said that he and Pall needed to express the anger and frustration they felt over this, which led to the creation of “Sick Boy.”
He also brought up the notion of the current generation that is growing up relying on social media such as Instagram. Taggart said he is hoping that maybe people will connect with the ideas they’re expressing in their new songs regarding the effects that being attached to social media can have. That includes being overly concerned with clicking “Like” or reacting to posts and checking how popular one is on a social media platform. The group seems to have the hope that their message will spread and get individuals to recognize how they really relate to the world around them.
While The Chainsmokers are relatively young in the music world, they have achieved massive success in just two years. That trend seems as if it will continue as they continue to experiment with new themes and collaborate with more artists. The group released three songs after “Sick Boy” including “Everybody Hates Me” and “Somebody” featuring Drew Love. It looks like the American DJ group will continue speaking their unique messages through their music as fans consume their latest creations.