If it’s music that made you famous in the first place, it might seem odd to use it as therapy for the side effects of fame, but that’s exactly what the wildly popular duo “the Chainsmokers” are doing with their recent wave of new music. Composed of two young and hungry musicians, the Chainsmokers are actually the lyrical tag team of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart. In case you’re wondering, the Chainsmokers crew actually does write its own music, and as they point out, they write about what they observe. Taggart reveals, “But we write about what we observe, and we write about making bad decisions often, as you’ll hear in the song. But also kind of being impulsive in getting into them, and also living in the moment, as we find beauty in those small moments.”
Their career has been brief so far, but it’s also full of those bigger “small moments” that have made them memorable to the Millennial crowd. DJing played a big part in their early formation, but it has only been in the last couple of years that they’ve become the wildly popular radio sensation that garnered them attention from a younger audience. They’ve been playing as the Chainsmokers since 2012, when they picked up the catchy moniker.
On July 27th, they let loose with their latest radio hit: Side Effects. The song itself features a lot of disco-tinged notes and spirit, but it’s not all fun and games even though it has already established itself as a late-summer anthem. Something keeps drawing the boys back to a woman’s door – the song features frequent collaborator Emily Warren – even though they know it’s time to call it quits. Much like fame itself, this song focuses on a young relationship, much like many of their other songs, but it draws close comparisons to the pitfalls of fame. No matter how many time fame sends out its side effects, much like a bad relationship, it keeps drawing them further and further into its intoxicating grasp. In this way, the Chainsmokers have scored another easily understandable radio hit that will keep them going strong, much like they’ve been doing since 2012.