The Chainsmokers Aim to Give Honest Reflection
Reflecting Narcissism in “Sick Boy”
The Chainsmokers latest single “Sick Boy,” is a personal reflection on narcissism prevalent in culture today. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are doing what they always do in their DJ Pop singles and reflecting what is going on in themselves and the world around them. “Sick Boy” communicates the darker currents of culture as it is seen by Superstar duo today. “Sick Boy” hits at the roots of what social media provides for people. As understood by Taggart in a recent interview, social media gives everyone a platform to reflect themselves on the world, but sometimes that reflection turns hurtful and unsafe for others. The social tone of society today is darker, and people have to deal with elements that drive them from others. People are frustrated by others and become angry with the world. Sometimes you are represented as a “caricature of who you are.” Becoming a caricature is driven by the way others speak or write about you, “for better or worse.” “Sick Boy” is driven by an attitude of setting things straight. At times a person has to let go of this ill-communicated media representation to set yourself free. “Sick Boy” is a response to this “better or worse” caricaturing of media.
Alex Pall and Rhett Bixler formed the original group. After Rhett Bixler broke away, Adam Alpert brought the two artists Pall and Taggart together who started the Electronic Dance Music DJ Duo, the Chainsmokers. Pall and Taggart hit it off well from the start and immediately began producing records together. Pall was attending New York University and working at an art gallery in Manhattan. The Syracuse University student and Interscope Records intern, Drew Taggart, was introduced to Pall by a mutual friend of Adam Alpert. After hearing about the opportunity to join Pall in New York Taggart left central and quickly introduced himself. The newly formed duo began producing mixes and working with the Indian artist Priyanka Chopra on the single “Erase“(2012) and “The People.”(2013) The Chainsmokers have enjoyed recent success on the Billboard Top ten with several of their singles.