The Chainsmokers have always been a band that has tried to push the envelope. Comprised of former DJs Andrew Paul and Drew Taggart, the electronica duo has cracked the top 10 numerous times. Even though they could have comfortably continued down this path, a few months ago they elected to chart a new course with their new single called “Sick Boy”, which many feel presents a darker style of music then what many of their fans are normally accustomed to. No matter, because much of theirfan base is already on that path as well, and they are ready for this new focus by the band. Pall and Taggart explained their new direction during a recent interview.
Indeed, the song “Sick Boy” is still electronic in nature, but it is comprised of a haunting melody, alongside the piano beat and a slower tempo. During their interview they explained the concept behind this new single, noting this is their first new installment, symptomatic of the fact that the band has grown up, gotten older, and changed. They feel that their music is a description of their generation, and do not feel this is unfortunate simply because society itself is getting darker and more serious as a whole everyday.
Simply put, this new single is also about frustration. At a certain point, your popularity in the music industry will force you to become a caricature of who you really are, and this song addresses that. It would definitely appear that this song is a commentary on how some deal with fame and celebrity status.
How is this song based on their own personal experiences? Well, Taggart explains that they wrote the song about their generation grappling with the presence of social media. They realize that the electronic social world used to be a minor thing, but now it is much more serious than it used to be. Thus, even though everyone has a platform, they are simply utilizing this single as a commentaryabout this present world. This is inherent in the lyrics, “how many likes is my life worth?” This new direction for the Chainsmokers is sure to not only be a breath of fresh air for their fan base but also for them to gain new ones as well.
Following the release of the Chainsmokers song “Closer” there was a need to find out more of this dynamic duo. This track was unique in it’s release because it was their first track that featured Andrew Taggart, one half of the duo, as a lead singer. The decision to sing on this track was part of the duo’s plan to evolve their sound to a constantly changing audience. Interview Magazine’s Mathias Rosenzweig sat down with Alex Pall, the second half, shortly after the song’s release to gain insight on the groups history and plans.
Alex and Andrew had been a match made in heaven from the very beginning. They met while both pursuing DJ and producing careers and they had similar goals, creative ideas, and work ethic. Even a few years after their initial success, Alex Pall has been quoted saying “it’s constantly a journey of self-discovery and checking yourself, and we kind of always questioned those things.” The duo is regularly questioning their creative decisions to make sure all are true to their identity.
The decision to sing on their own track was a very unique decision, especially for an electronic group. When asked about it by Mathias, Alex expresses that both he and Andrew had a strong desire to be more a part of their own music. The norm as of now is that electronic artists produce tracks, song-writers write the lyrics, and generally a well known singer will sing them. They wanted to change that. Unlike many other electronic artists they wanted to produce one cohesive album rather than a few bangin’ tracks.
The decision to work collaboratively with Halsey on “Closer” was an easy decision for them. In the interview, Alex Pall said that the group admires her strong voice and individuality. After the release of this song, Alex Pall said he felt the groups identity was solidifying more than ever. The Chainsmokers were reaching music listeners from all over the world, and of all ages and genders. The duo is excited to see where their new-found reach will take them.
The Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul, South Korea is explored by fashion and lifestyle vlogger Kim Dao and one of her friends in a video from January 2017.
After an introductory greeting from Kim Dao, the camera shifts to the bustling streets of Myeongdong. Rows of brightly colored small storefronts line the narrow streets, and lots of people are walking around. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/kim-dao/
It’s fascinating to see that many of the businesses in Myeongdong operate both indoors and outdoors. Dozens of pairs of shoes are attractively arranged at one business space, while businesses across the tiny street feature displays of handbags, and formal clothing.
The signage on the storefronts in Myeongdong contains a mixture of Korean and English wording, and Kim Dao points out a cafe that is dedicated to the Hello Kitty character. Amid all of the modern storefronts, and fast-paced crowd of shoppers, there are small spaces occupied by individual men and women who are tending to steaming pots of foods that are for sale. Learn more: https://www.depop.com/kimdaoblog
After enjoying a nice meal that was cooked tableside, Kim Dao and her friend take in more of the sights in Myeongdong, before heading into a large American-based retail clothing store. The young women shop for a while, then venture back out into the crowds of people who are present in the neighborhood. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/KimDaoOfficial/
This video ends with Kim Dao back at home, trying out some new skin care products that she purchased in Myeongdong. Like always, Kim thanks her viewers for watching her videos. Learn more: http://inspirery.com/kim-dao/