The Chainsmokers new 2018 single “Sick Boy” is the start of a new chapter for the popular EDM group. The DJ duo of Adam Pall and Andrew Taggart have been charting hit songs since 2015 with their breakout hit, “#Selfie”. Over the years their music has evolved from a higher emphasis in songwriting, to Taggart stepping out from the booth to provide lead vocals on songs. At present the duo is at the top of their game, with a large loyal following gathered around them. Perfect time to shake things up.
“Sick Boy” may sound like a typical EDM song, but beneath the catchy beat is serious subject matter. Departing from their lighter, frothier fare the message behind “Sick Boy” is the darkest they done. It is a scathing look at the negative effects of social media on society, specifically focused on today’s generation. It focuses on how people relate to one another, projecting often false versions of themselves that end up getting interpreted by other’s skewed view. The song is definitely new territory for the group, but their strong fan base is supporting them completely.
Pall and Taggart explained the decision to change their sound in a recent interview. For Taggart it came from frustration. The artist commented that after a while you become a caricature. People learn all about you from secondhand information, and you become something you are not. By changing things up you allow your definition to be up to you. Pall claimed it was all about staying relevant, maturing as an artist and finding your voice. Both men definitely put all the frustrations they bear with the 24-hour fame lifestyle and put it in this song.
Since they began a more hands-on approach with their writing, the duo has been connecting to their listeners with songs that speak directly to them. For Pall it is about reflected their generation through their music. “Sick Boy” does that but choose to focus on a darker aspect of that generation.