Telling Our Story
The Chainsmokers have been producing new solos of their unique sound since 2012, but their latest single “Sick Boy” is a deeper expression self-identity for the DJ-Pop Duo. Musical identity comes with time and experience. From the first days they began working together Pall and Taggart worked to produce lyrics and music that was equal or near equal to the inner experience and outer events that circumvented their life. “Bad Boy” is a new and fresher way to say the same things but with a tone of the dark and the narcissism that influences lives. Social Media is a platform for self-expression, for better or worse. Social media seeks to drive us to satisfy algorithms of self-worth and unrealistic standards of self-worth. No one can equate human value with a statistic. There is a pressure today on people to present yourself to the world without all the negative stuff that is part of everyone’s life. Denial can drive you into a narcissistic view of yourself. If you are always comparing yourself to what others think of you, then you can’t find peace. Ultimately letting go of false opinions and criticisms are the only path to inner rest and peace. “Bad Boy” expresses that self-criticism in a way that sides on accepting who we are.
The Chainsmokers have worked with various artists who have helped to form their thinking about music like Calvin Harris and Chris Martin of Coldplay. Working with Coldplay says Drew Taggart, they learned to ask themselves what values they want to bring to others and what story they want to tell. Music tells a story, but it has to be a meaningful story that is relevant to who they are as a group. In everything they do, the Chainsmokers seek to introduce others into a dialogue with them, and they want to make that meaningful and real for others. You can’t block out all the negative stuff, but you have to integrate it into who you are. “Bad Boy” integrates criticism and anxiety, but stamps it with a sincere “this is who we are.”