Over a year ago, the chainsmokers, an edm duo consisting of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, came onto the scene with a string of dance hits such as “Closer” and “Don’t let Me Down.” The duo had met in New York several years ago, and after connecting on ideas and passion, began to work on DJing and producing music. Taggart always said that the two had a drive to change the EDM scene and create a sound that no one else had. There first hits fell short of this; as it was important to make hits that would gain attention and put them on the map. This worked well as the chainsmokers gained recognition with hits such as “Selfie,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Roses.
However, it wasn’t until 2016, that the chainsmokers released there soon to be biggest hit: Closer. Closer took an interesting turn from the other songs; it featured Taggart joining Halsey in singing in the song. This in many ways marked a turn in their sound, and popularity. Taggard and Pall reached unrivaled success in the 2016-2017 year, as their sound went less straight dance music, and more vocal pop with EDM elements. Though it has been only a year since the Chainsmokers revamped their sound with Closer, and Paris; they are now back at changing their sound.
According to Drew Taggart, they had always wanted to create a sound and message that resonates with the current status of culture and society. It was for this reason, that the duo released “Sad Boy” and “You Owe Me”, these songs take a very different turn from anything previously recorded. The songs are dark, more lyrical, and go for a less EDM sound. According to Taggart, this sound is their reaction to the status of culture and sentiments inside of America and the world. The duo have a passionate belief that music is meant to symbolize society and people’s feelings; this new sound, though unpopular with some long time fans, marks their attempt to discuss and show the state of affairs inside of America.