The Chainsmokers performed in the last week of July in both the Hollywood Palladium, partnering with Pepsi, and also at a venue in Atlantic City. At this latter concert, they unveiled their newest song, “Side Effects”. This song has an incredibly catchy beat to it that has been described as funky and disco-tinged. Following these concerts, The Chainsmokers, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, sat down for an interview with Billboard.
During this interview, Drew Taggart shared that because they live in the greater Los Angeles area now they really had fun performing at the Hollywood Palladium. A lot of their friends were in attendance and had a great time. Alex Pall said that it was a great contrast to playing in Las Vegas which they do just about every weekend. It gives them a chance to play to big crowds and smaller and more intimate ones as well.
Talking about “Side Effects”, Drew Taggart said that they have been creating slower and more mellow songs since the start of 2018. Given that it is summer they wanted to produce a song that was more upbeat and funky. He says that their songs always reflect what is going on in their lives. They were both dealing with some darker stuff earlier in the year which resulted in songs like “Sick Boy” and “You Owe Me”. Now that things are looking up they wanted to produce a much more positive song.
Alex Pall said in the interview that he sees the internet taking over people’s lives and most people have a love/hate relationship with it. That had been the theme of their latest songs for the most part. They’ve been pretty self-deprecating about the millennial generation while also having fun with it.
Since December 2013, The Chainsmokers have had a long list of international hits. This includes “Closer”, “Inside Out”, “All We Know”. They had a number of hits off their last album, “Memories…Do Not Open” and it has been at the top of the EDM charts ever since it was released. Among the biggest hits off this album was “Something Just Like This”.