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The Chainsmokers: Summer and New Songs

The Chainsmokers are a pair of DJ’s and producers, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The two met in 2012 when Pall was looking for a new partner for his two-person band. They had a mutual friend in current band manager Adam Alpert, who thought the two would get along. They did, and formed the Chainsmokers. Their first live show was in September of 2014, opening for Timeflies at Terminal 5 in New York.

The Chainsmokers have had several years of consistent success since that show. They have released a full length album, “Memories…Do Not open”, which was #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Dance/Electronic Charts at the same time. They have released several EP’s as well, though their main output seems to be singles, often released for free on their website. They have many hit songs and collaborations with their singles releases, including their most recent release, “Side Effects.” The single, released at the end of July, features vocals by Emily Warren, a good friend and frequent collaborator of the Chainsmokers.

“Side Effects” is an example of a new direction for Pall and Taggart; they have been releasing some slower songs recently, but “Side Effects” is a faster, up-tempo song that they say represents summer.

Pall and Taggart prefer the songs where they get to express themselves about their feelings and lives, and “Side Effect” is an example of that as well. One thing contributing to the slower sound this was that many of their 2018 releases were written and recorded in winter. With summer now in swing they wanted to capture the feeling of that season, so they infused a disco sensibility to “Side Effects” and made it a more upbeat song, while keeping that personal sensibility intact.

In their live shows, the Chainsmokers have been experimenting with new things. They have gone from an almost exclusive set of having two guys behind DJ tables, but recently have added live musicians to their show. They are especially fond of having a live drummer. The two also bring their collaborating musicians on stage as often as possible.

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