The Chainsmokers are truly a 21st-century phenomenon, their songs about millennial issues and their willingness to play any sized room show the duo is consistently breaking new ground. Take, for example, the way the DJs marketed their latest release, “Side Effects” by playing the small Holywood Palladium club following a performance at a 20,000 seat arena in Montreal just days earlier.
Unlike many other artists, The Chainsmokers are not seeking to turn their backs on their roots as DJs in the clubs of New York and Las Vegas. Alongside the development and release of new music, The Chainsmokers have maintained a residency at a Las Vegas club which Alex Pall believes can make things difficult but is a part of their career The Chainsmokers enjoy. Pall claims a fan at a Las Vegas club show asked him where he bought his shows in the middle of their set which was a throwback to their earlier career as a New York DJ duo.
“Side Effects” features consistent collaborator, Emily Warren and marks a change of direction compared to recent releases from the duo. A disco-infused dance track designed to celebrate the summer is a major leap from the introspective, dark music of the “Sick Boy EP.” Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart believe the music they make reflects their own mood with “Sick Boy” recorded in the Winter when the mood of the duo was much darker and less fun. The Chainsmokers are looking to develop their sound as they become an arena-based duo backed by a live band fronted by Taggart as the lead vocalist.
The Chainsmokers took on their current form in 2015 when Andrew Taggart joined Alex Pall as a member of one of New York’s most famous DJ collaborations. Taggart had recently left college in Maine before making the move to New York City to begin a music career which would see him become an international star of the electronic dance music industry.