The release of The Chainsmokers latest single, “Side Effects” comes as the DJ duo has returned to their dance music roots after stepping far outside their comfort zone. In 2017, the release of “Closer” marked the start of a run of hits for the musical partners which saw new music released every six weeks from their debut album, “Memories… Do Not Open.”
Since this initial run of new music, The Chainsmokers have been working to define their image as they evolve into one of the world’s most renowned dance music partnerships. The transition has seen them move from a DJ residency in a Las Vegas club to playing 20,000 seater arenas around the world. This has seen the duo divide their time between a live band and their DJ duties as they have explored exactly what their fans want from the duo for the future.
The Chainsmokers have never been shy of moving forward with their creativity after the current incarnation of the band was created from the ashes of a previous collaboration. Founding member, Alex Pall was involved in a collaboration with another DJ in New York City, which led to initial success before Andrew Taggart joined the duo to create the music he and Pall have taken to new heights for electronic dance music specialists.
To mark the release of “Side Effects” with long-time collaborator Emily Warren, The Chainsmokers played an intimate gig for friends and fans at the Hollywood Palladium. After spending so much time playing large arena’s, the duo explained they enjoyed the experience of a pressure-free environment filled with their biggest fans. The performance side of the duo is now more important than ever before with a drummer now a mainstay of their live shows and Taggart taking lead vocals on a regular basis. Both Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have stepped out from behind the DJ booth to sing on their records which give the duo a major sense of ownership over their songs.