If anyone remembers their first cell phone… if it flipped and had a camera, you were the coolest kid around. Now cell phones have evolved into such advanced pieces of technology that we practically have hand held computers in our pockets. All the knowledge in the world at our fingertips and we spend hundreds of dollars on these complex gadgets to get the perfect… #selfie. But before we talk about what trends kids are following these days, we have to talk about the college graduates Alex Pall and Drew Taggart that have been taking these trends and making dope singles out of them. Better known as The Chainsmokers, Alex and Drew have been smoking all other DJ Duos since they’ve hit the EDM scene. Starting their careers in 2012 in New York City, they began by remixing songs put out by Indy Bands; with their first release being collaboration with artist Priyanka Chopra called “Erase”.
Their claim to fame was their hit single “#Selfie” which they released for free in 2013. In 2014 Dim Mak Records, owned by Steve Aoki picked up the track and re-released it, and in only 5 short weeks it made its way to the top of the Billboard 100. #Selfie starts with a monologue from a female in a club over upbeat house music. Gaining recognition from celebrities like Ellen and Nash Grier, the song quickly started going viral. People were hash tagging their selfies on Instagram with the hook of the song “But first lemme take a selfie”. For about a month straight every ones’ twitter timeline was covered in the lyrics to the hit single. People loved the song because we all recognized that there’s a little #selfie vanity in all of us, and especially in generation that’s social media centered, it was easy way to poke fun at our friends and ourselves.
Taking over radio stations all over the country with their signature blend of Progressive, Pop and Indie, The Chainsmokers were quick in making a name for themselves. Their focuses for mixes and songs are mainly on what’s popular in entertainment now. They see what people are talking about and they make songs to fit their era, perfect examples next to #selfie includes top Billboard hits and “Kanye” and “New York City”. On the production side of things, their original tracks have all reached Beatport top charts and their soundcloud boosts over 490 Thousand followers. Catch this Dynamic Duo this year at Prime Social’s Number Fest in Athens, OH where they will be heading with Fetty Wap.