The Chainsmokers Telling Their story in “Sick Boy”

“Sick Boy” is a Dialogue with Oneself

The Chainsmokers latest single “Sick Boy,” gives a common social theme and turns it on its head for the sake of revealing the narcissism that drives a lot of social media. “Sick Boy” song poses another question for the Chainsmokers who seek to remain current and true to their desire to tell in their music and lyrics. The events that revolve around their lives and their own experiences of the events is at the heart of who they want to be. “Sick Boy” is an expression of wanting to be faithful to the characters they want to play in their songs and the values they want to contribute to others. Taggart said in a recent interview with Ryan Seacrest “it’s not just about writing a catchy song,” but more about “telling our story,” to others. The music and the video in “Sick Boy” give it a near ominous tone, but the message is one that Taggart calls ” a “dialogue with oneself.” That dialogue is at times both driven by the anxiety of a world motivated by social media statistics and algorithms; on the other hand, the Chainsmokers know the answer lies in staying true to who they are and not getting lost in others false expectations.

Chainsmokers Early Beginnings

Adam Pall and Drew Taggart, known as the Chainsmokers are relatively new to the music scene. Their first round of success came when they teamed up with the Indie artist Priyanka Chopra in 2012 and produced their first single “Erase;” their “The People” followed in 2013. Since then Pall and Taggart have broken away and formed their form of DJ Pop. A song that launched them into social media was “Selfie,” and also an appearance on American Idol with Ryan Seacrest. Pall and Taggart came together after word got around that Pall was trying to locate another member of his group. Taggart heard about it thru a mutual friend of Adam Alpert who was producing Pall at the time. Taggart lost no time in contacting Pall, and the two immediately became close collaborators and formed the Chainsmokers.

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