In the pop and EDM circles, the Chainsmokers have climbed to the top of the charts. However, the recent music they have produced is no longer considered EDM and has moved down the mainstream path. In a recent post, the Chainsmokers have been referred to by Esquire magazine as “the Nickelback of EDM” and that is not a good thing.
The group got nominated for several Grammy’s including Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Closer” with Halsey and Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya. Don’t Let me Down was the group’s last signs of EDM or electronic focus entirely.
Many people consider the low point of the night when Bowie finally won four Grammys. However, the Chainsmokers and Katharine McPhee accepted only one of the four awards he got on the air. Twitter exploded in disgust that the duo was not right to accept the award for legend and he was not getting the respect he deserved. The low point almost outshined the Grammy award they won for “Best Dancing Recording” for “Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya.
Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have come a long way since their 2004 single “#Selfie.” Many fans have followed the group the entire way and believe that the Chainsmokers get better with each and every release.
Nonetheless, they are getting noticed. In 2015, they issued the single “Roses,” that went double platinum and is the Chainsmokers most iconic song. “Roses” hit number one on the Top Dance Songs chart and was nominated for the Billboard Music Awards in the Top Dance/Electronic Artist and Top Dance/Electronic Song categories.
Let’s not forget about the Chainsmokers most memorable Billboard article where they talk about their genital size and took full frat boy when they sold out Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre last September. They are bold, and just getting started.
Are Drew and Alex getting in over their heads? Has fame caused them to transform their genre? Only time will tell with future albums. I am a firm believer in sticking with your music and making music for your fans. Sadly enough, I am no longer a Chainsmokers fan for that reason. I know one thing for sure; I do not go searching for Nickelback on my iPod anymore.