“Moved to the city in a broke down car and four years, no calls” I hummed along while “Closer” played on the radio. Here I was poolside at a hotel, listening while enjoying the view of the beach down below. Just the right kind of song for the place I was at. It fit the mood and the ambiance.
The Chainsmokers are an electronic dance music (EDM) group. Behind the name, Drew Taggart (28 years old) and Alex Pall (33 years old) are the American duos behind the tune. Soaring in both earnings and charts, The Chainsmokers are one of the highest-paid DJs of 2018. In 2017, they earned $38 million and in 2018 earned $45.5 million with a three-year gig at Wynn Nightlife in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2016, they won their first Grammy for Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down”. Songs like “Closer”, “Something Just Like This”, and “Paris” invoke a feeling of being carefree and just enjoying the moment while catching a view of the ocean somewhere. Chill music is what I like to call it. You can be driving to their tune one moment, the next, dancing to it. The Chainsmokers blur the lines between EDM and pop music collaborating with other big-name artists. Their upbeat rhythm yet light and endearing song lyrics contribute to their popularity, and to one of the longest-running top 10 hits in U.S. history. Also in a tremendous feat, Spotify’s one billion streams count was reached for each of the two of their most popular songs, “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down”.
On a different tone, The Chainsmokers released a new song called, “Sick Boy”. I launched YouTube and had a listen. It was certainly darker but potent in meaning. The lyrics are befitting of what American society have been or may have become. It’s almost as if “Closer” was an adolescent, and “Sick Boy” in their mid-life. A change from being care-free to contemplation through observation with tangible experiences. Regardless of the tone or the lyrics, The Chainsmokers continue their surge in fame.