Success can happen suddenly. For The Chainsmokers, it came like a tsunami.
The duo’s hit “Somebody,” featuring Drew Love, has more than 21 million YouTube views in a little over two months.
Drew Taggart and Alex Pall live the dream. “Only thing that I can’t afford is to lose myself tryna be somebody” is how they put it in their latest hit.
You can get an inside-the-studio look at Drew and Alex working on “Somebody.” Yeah, they love what they do. You can find a more in-depth look at the duo in an Apple Music documentary “The Chainsmokers – Memories.”
Since forming in New York in 2012, The Chainsmokers have had a string of hits and awards. In 2016, “Closer” peaked at No. 1 in the U.S., charted internationally and rang up 2 billion YouTube views.
Billboard’s Dance 100 listed the electronic dance duo at No. 1 in March 2018. In an interview with Billboard, Alex expressed his gratitude. “You have no idea how much this means to us,” Alex said. “We put in a lot of work and effort for our fans and you guys have been so great to us.”
Also in March, The Chainsmokers scored at the iHeartRadio Music Awards, including Dance Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration for “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay.
Their Collaborations feature a variety of styles, from Coldplay’s alt and pop rock to the r&b and hip-hop of Drew Love and the electronic pop of Daya.
At the halfway point of 2018, the Chainsmokers have released “Somebody” along with three other singles. “Sick Boy,” You Owe Me” and “Everybody Hates Me” are on the upcoming “Sick Boy” album, which is being released song by song.
The guys have a work-hard/play-hard ethic. Both specialize in music production and song writing. Alex is the pianist. Drew is the singer. And they’re riding a wave of success.
Their current tour has them hopscotching the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Mexico. You can find show dates on their website, TheChainsmokers.com.