Music duo The Chainsmokers are going strong. Ever since exploding on the mainstream music scene with their hit song “Closer” two years ago, musicians and producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have created one of the summer’s strongest anthems with their smash record “Side Effects,” a song that simultaneously captures the zeitgeist of their generation while exploring timeless themes dealing with loneliness and relationships. Recently, the duo played an enormously successful show at the Hollywood Palladium that generated a terrific buzz in the industry.
The two spoke recently about how the Internet has shaped their millennial peer group, noting that younger people have come to define themselves through social media and that their romantic relationships often start and end online. Pall and Taggart, who met in New York but are now based in Los Angeles, frequently write about how relationships work in the Internet age, and “Side Effects” is no different. The lyrics of the catchy, disco-inflected tune, sung by their friend Emily Warren, have a story line where the protagonist finds herself drunk and alone late at night and struggles with the temptation to call an ex.
The two Chainsmokers also discussed how they have evolved from being DJ’s simply playing and mixing other people’s music to musicians in their own right; they feel that this was something they had to do in order to remain relevant and to grow as artists. These days, sometimes they play live with a backing band and sometimes they just play records they way they did in the early days. It all depends on where they’re performing and how they feel that evening.
It’s great to see The Chainsmokers doing so well. They are one of the most important and popular acts on the music scene today, and they are pioneering a new sound that mixes the best of the old and the new.