The Chainsmokers: The Dark Side of “Sick Boy”

The Chainsmokers, a DJ production duo from America, recently opened up about their latest single “Sick Boy” and touched on how their music is transforming with deeper and darker meanings. The Chainsmokers are a relatively new band, breaking through with their first hit single in 2014 entitled “#Selfie” and eventually winning their first Grammy for their top-five single “Don’t Let Me Down” in 2015.

The Chainsmokers have had back-to-back top-hit songs and their quick rise to success has been unstoppable. Maintaining the ability to produce and release popular hit songs can be a challenging task for any artist. Paul and Taggart have recently broken the glass ceiling by entering into a more darker territory with their music upon the release of “Sick Boy”. Paul and Taggart discussed the meaning behind this new song with Hugh McIntyre. Taggart implied that “Sick Boy” is the first page to the newest chapter of their music career and that “Sick Boy” is meant to portray what it is like being apart of the millennial generation, how it impacts the ability to relate to other people and build relationships, as well as maintaining romantic relationships. Taggart also mentioned that their music will be and has always been a “reflection of what’s going on in our lives and the world around us”.

When McIntyre brought up the noticeable darker tones within The Chainsmokers single, Taggart immediately confessed that the song is portraying frustration and anger. The song was meant to invoke the feeling of being turned into a portrayal of oneself instead of being seen for who you really are. Taggart says that everyone is simply trying to relate to everyone else in this arms race attempt to connect that sometimes our messages become harder to understand, which makes it harder for other people to understand. “Sick Boy”, along with other songs that the duo will be releasing this year, Taggart says will touch on what it is like living in this world while also being a member of this generation.