The Chainsmokers are best known for their 2014 hit single “#Selfie.” But moving on past the hit has proven to be a challenge for The Chainsmokers, according to Rolling Stone.
— Nick Butoi (@Nickbutoi) July 11, 2016
The viral success was a cheeky electro house track about a woman spending a night at a club, and taking selfies to cheer herself up. The Chainsmokers then faced the challenge of making a name for themselves as they tried to move on from the viral success of “#Selfie.” Tracks like “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down” worked to break them free of the association with their viral success, allowing The Chainsmokers to experience the freedom that comes with establishing their own identity as musicians.
One-half of The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall, notes that people do not seem to make the connection between “#Selfie” and the recent releases they have made. He is happy with the success the band enjoys now as they have managed to prove critics wrong, especially those critics who predicted that the group would produce nothing more than a one-hit wonder.
Now, The Chainsmokers are giving back to young DJs who are hoping to make a name for themselves. On YouTube, Andrew Taggart posts tutorials that explain his process of creating the beats behind many of The Chainsmokers’ songs. He is also aware that young DJs now rely on YouTube to learn about the finer points of DJing, which is why he has chosen to reach up and coming DJs through that medium.
Andrew Taggart spoke on aspiring DJs and how the internet is the best way for them to learn.
“We learned everything we know about producing from YouTube. For how many people are interested in becoming producers right now and how much software is available, there’s a real lack of some regular person telling you how some of this stuff works because it’s really daunting.”
The tutorials also prove that The Chainsmokers are personally constructing their songs. They believe that it is important for people to know that they make their own music and that they are proud of what they have created.
The Chainsmokers come from New York and are very well liked by their fans. According to PPCorn, The Chainsmokers have found themselves playing at nearly every music festival and sold-out music festival in the United States.
— The Chainsmokers PH (@Chainsmokers_PH) June 13, 2016
The Chainsmokers have achieved global success as they toured around the world. Even though the song “#Selfie” might not be one that The Chainsmokers would want to be completely chained to, the song helped the duo climb their way to the top and secure a tight spot on the Billboard music charts.
Their new hits “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down” gave the band even more success with their fans. The Chainsmokers have performed in some of America’s most popular music festivals, such as this year’s Ultra in Miami, Florida; Coachella in Indio, California; Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas, Nevada; and Paradiso in George, Washington.
The Chainsmokers are seen by the electronic dance music world as one of the “must watch” acts. The years 2015 and 2016 proved to be successful ones for the duo with their releases of new, original tracks, and The Chainsmokers also dominated the concert scene with their live sets during the past two years.
According to Your EDM, The Chainsmokers could very well set themselves up as the EDM radio kings if they continue along the same trajectory.
“Roses” became the first top 10 single for The Chainsmokers and they have topped it with “Don’t Let Me Down” taking the number 4 position on the Billboard Hot 100.
Billboard Hot 100: #4 (=) | The Chainsmokers (ft. Daya) – Don’t Let Me Down. pic.twitter.com/TqDEjAV9tp
— Pop Worldwide (@PopWorldwide) June 20, 2016
Sitting that high on the Billboard Radio Chart is impressive as only a number of EDM artists have managed to do it. Back in 2013, Avicii topped the chart with “Wake Me Up” while Major Lazer & DJ Snake reached the number 2 position with “Lean On.”
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