Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of the hit EDM band the Chainsmokers just released a new single, “Sick Boy”. “Sick Boy” is their first release of 2018 and has turned some heads for the darker message it contains. According to Pall and Taggart it is new direction they are taking their music, but it is also a direction they started on back in 2016. Their hit single “Closer” was the first example of the groups desire to separate themselves from EDM DJs and attempt to find success as overall artists. “Closer” which was a combined effort between the duo and sensation Halsey, was the first time Andrew Taggart took the reigns as lead vocalist. As EDM DJ’s do not usually provide their own lead vocals, the decision was a very personal one. An attempt to better connect with their audience, something they continue to do with “Sick Boy”.
“Sick Boy” advocates the scary downside of social media. It also is the DJ duo’s chance to vent about their overall lack of privacy. The song features a lyric or two about oversaturation, which is a state Pall and Taggart currently suffer from. It also looks at the pressure of social media, the lack of personality it creates, and the conformity many find themselves surrendering too. Very serious stuff for a dance song, but the Chainsmokers are not interested in dance music. They are interested in artistry, and “Sick Boy” is another step in their formation as artists. According to Pall the duo works constantly to define who they are, and where they are going. As “Closer” redefined their music by Taggart becoming part of the human element, “Sick Boy” abandons their old sound in favor of something new. The first of many that will focus on deep issues, “Sick Boy” is taking the duo on a necessary road. They feel that they have made all the music they need to make with their current sound, and the only way is forward. It remains to be seen as to whether their listeners will make the move. So far they are right behind them.