Having heard a majority of EDM songs on the radio, and not being able to distinguish who produced them, or was involved in them; identity is an issue in EDM and electronic music. It is for this reason that Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the founding members of the EDM group, are have released their new song “Closer.” Sitting down with Interview Magazine, Taggart and Pall said that this song will be different from their previous hits “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses”; Taggart will be singing.
This change is the beginning of the duo’s attempt to put intimacy and identity in their music.
Taggart and Pall met in New York City, both getting into the DJing scene after seeing the popularity and fun lifestyle it carried with it. Taggart went to Syracuse, and moved to New York afterwards. The two were introduced by mutual friends, and after a night of talking, decided to begin working and recording together. Within a day, they began producing. The two immediately began discussing their identity, and wanted to find a way to stand out from the other artists; they noticed that EDM was all sounding the same.
They gained international recognition with the song “#SELFIE”, and then “Roses”, and the Grammy winning “Don’t Let Me Down.” While the songs gained recognition, the two had not “blurred the lines”, as Pall says he hoped they would. After touring and continuing to work on their style, the two began working on their new song “Closer” along with popular singer Halsey. Halsey wrote some of the song, but Taggert didn’t just write the rest, but he took up a majority of the vocals on the track.
Being a kid from Maine that went to school at Syracuse, he wanted to reflect his feelings as a kid dating and being around superficial individuals. Pall describes “Closer” as them describing their emotions they felt in college, dealing with rich girls, and trying to fit in. By conveying their feelings in this song, the world has found out about the Chainsmokers, that is big.
Were you to turn on your radio right now there is a very good chance that you’d end up hearing a song by The Chainsmokers. The Chainsmokers are a two-piece EDM/Pop/DJ duo that has been taking over the music world for the better part of the past three years. The Chainsmokers are comprised of Andrew Taggart (vocals, production) and Alex Pall (production, DJ). Taggart and Pall first shot up the musical charts in 2015 with their hit single ‘Roses’ and everything has seemingly gone right for the duo since then. The overnight industry titans are now moving toward releasing the next phase of their career which features a darker turn from their typical pop hits.
Over the past nine months, The Chainsmokers have been uncharacteristically quiet. It used to be that the duo made a habit of releasing some sort of track at least once every month or two. However, this latest radio silence, literally, meant that the duo was focusing on honing their sound into something sharper, something more effective, and something a little bit darker. The end result of this focusing period was ‘Sick Boy’ which has already begun to get some real attention and acclaim around the industry. Taggart and Pall point to the title as the next phase of their career.
A big reason for The Chainsmokers’ decision to shift toward a darker and more complex sound revolved around their desire to stay authentic to themselves and their career. Taggart said of ‘Sick Boy’ that it was, ‘the first installment of this first new chapter for us’. Taggart went on to explain that the duo had grown up quite a bit since their industry debut back in 2015 and that they are really taking in the confidence and trust from their record label in order to hone in on something that is musically authentic while creatively satisfying. Taggart goes on to say, “The next topic is a little bit darker, but I think that’s the tone of society right now.” Now, all we have to do is wait and see if the entire record meets their high standards for success.
Music executive Desiree Perez is perhaps one of the most influential and powerful women in the music industry today, with years of success and networking behind her. With her role in many of the careers of female and male singers, as well as establishing herself in the business and executive side of the music industry, Perez and her opinion matter.Recently, society and culture has come to the realization that women in the music industry are not always given equal opportunities as their male counterparts.
Everyone is recognizing that it is up to everyone, at every level of the industry, to make opportunities both available and possible for both men and women without any barriers or preferences based on sex. Following a controversial statement made by Recording Academy president, Neil Portnow, Perez joined in with a group of other female music executives to point out the issues with Portnow’s statement about women and the Recording Academy and Grammys.
The letter criticized Portnow, saying that it was not a badly voiced personal opinion about women and their role in the music industry, but a deep rooted belief by members of the Academy that fails to recognize the barriers that are faced by female artists.The letter goes a step further and addresses the need for the Academy as a whole to reevaluate and assess the organizational issues that can lead to unequal opportunities in music, and even harbor individuals that chronically oppress or abuse their power over women trying to gain opportunities within the industry. As one of the most vocal and prominent women in the music industry, Desiree Perez can and has made a difference simply by using her voice to call attention to the issues.