The Chainsmokers have always been a band that has tried to push the envelope. Comprised of former DJs Andrew Paul and Drew Taggart, the electronica duo has cracked the top 10 numerous times. Even though they could have comfortably continued down this path, a few months ago they elected to chart a new course with their new single called “Sick Boy”, which many feel presents a darker style of music then what many of their fans are normally accustomed to. No matter, because much of their fan base is already on that path as well, and they are ready for this new focus by the band. Pall and Taggart explained their new direction during a recent interview.
Indeed, the song “Sick Boy” is still electronic in nature, but it is comprised of a haunting melody, alongside the piano beat and a slower tempo. During their interview they explained the concept behind this new single, noting this is their first new installment, symptomatic of the fact that the band has grown up, gotten older, and changed. They feel that their music is a description of their generation, and do not feel this is unfortunate simply because society itself is getting darker and more serious as a whole everyday.
Simply put, this new single is also about frustration. At a certain point, your popularity in the music industry will force you to become a caricature of who you really are, and this song addresses that. It would definitely appear that this song is a commentary on how some deal with fame and celebrity status.
How is this song based on their own personal experiences? Well, Taggart explains that they wrote the song about their generation grappling with the presence of social media. They realize that the electronic social world used to be a minor thing, but now it is much more serious than it used to be. Thus, even though everyone has a platform, they are simply utilizing this single as a commentary about this present world. This is inherent in the lyrics, “how many likes is my life worth?” This new direction for the Chainsmokers is sure to not only be a breath of fresh air for their fan base but also for them to gain new ones as well.