I don’t know about you, but I love 80’s metal. There is just a certain atmosphere and feeling that cannot be captured with any other kind of music…and let’s face it, the 80’s does represent a high point in the history of heavy metal that has not been equalled before or since. While you may not necessarily prefer that musical style, there is no denying that metal reached levels of popularity during this period that many would not have even thought possible. OF course you’ve probably heard of the early legends of the 80’s metal scene; Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Motorhead, Pantera, and the list goes on and on. But let’s not talk about what you already know.
I want to introduce you to one of the lesser known greats of the 80’s, since you probably haven’t heard of them. I’m talking about a Brazilian band called Viper.From the minute I started listening to this album, I thought “damn…why haven’t I heard of these guys before?” For those of us who still like to headbang at the sound of a dank 80’s-style guitar solo full of finger-tapping and hammer-ons being used like they’re going out of style (as they eventually did), this album is a real pleasure. It just makes me want to get up and fight someone!
But then, that may just be those awesome drum lines laid down by the band’s original drummer, Cassio Audi, who kept this beautiful masterpiece of destruction and mayhem in time with a beat reminiscent of the goat-skin war drums of old! You probably don’t think of Brazil when you think of a metal scene, but they do have a pretty healthy one. Old school thrash band Viper was among the grandfathers of this particular metal scene, and as such they have a considerable base of fans in Brazil. I personally had never heard of Viper until recently. They have a very large discography, but their first major album, “Soldiers Of Sunrise” is still their best, in my opinion.
The recent release of the Chainsmokers’ 2018 single “Sick Boy” has many people talking. It is unlike anything they have released before. Although it sounds like a traditional dance song, sporting a catchy back beat overlaid with masterful electronic soundscapes, the single contains a sobering message about today’s society. The Chainsmokers have never been a traditional EDM group. The DJ duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have pushed the boundaries of their chosen genre numerous times. Both artists are heavily involved in the songwriting, and Andrew Taggart even goes as far as to sing lead vocals. “Sick Boy” is their latest attempt to remain relevant, establish themselves as true artists, and better connect with their listeners.
Since the release of 2016 hit “Closer” the Chainsmokers have tried to insert themselves as the human element within their music. For most DJ’s that element is provided by other artists in collaboration, but as Taggart continues to provide lead vocals, that element has become the duo themselves. According to Alex Pall it stems from a choice to wrap an identity around their work. “We want our songs to be a cohesive body of work that illustrates who we are” Pall said. In a recent interview the duo alluded that at one point they decided they did not want to make regular dance music anymore. They looked around, saw that most EDM groups did not use their own vocals, and said why not. The decision has paid offconsiderably as the Chainsmokers are more popular than ever.
“Sick Boy” is a continuation of Pall’s desire to stay away from typical DJ format. A few singles, a collection of good songs, some dance records, and an interlude shoved in their somewhere. For him relevance is found in identity and a song like “Sick Boy” provides that identity. The song alludes to the frustration of celebrity in the thrall of overexposure on social media, and also touches on the loss of identity social media generates.
Electro Pop duo The Chainsmokers recently commemorated the late Swedish DJ, Avicii— who passed away in April 2018 due to an act of suicide related to depression. As the duo presented the top 100 Song award to Luis Fonsi for “Despacito” they proceeded to remember Avicii; mentioning how he was one of their inspirations and a Dj who was also beloved by the EDM community.
Later in the event, The Chainsmokers went back on stage to receive the award of Top Dance/Electronic Artist and Andrew Taggart, member of the band proceeded to dedicate the award to Avicii. Taggart mentioned how Avicii was a big influence on him and one of the reasons he believed he could succeed in this career.
Singer and songwriter Hasley also had some thoughts. She commented on how she was fortunate to have worked with Avicii and shared that he was a great person to be around. She went on to encourage people to be loving and supportive of friends and family who may be suffering from mental issues.
About The Chainsmokers
The electropop duo began in 2012 in New York City with members Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Pall was originally part of a different duo including DJ Rhett Bixler. Andrew Taggart soon learned that Bixler had left the group and decided to relocate from Maine to New York to fill the missing spot; they became The Chainsmokers.
In its early days, the duo began by doing remixes of bands such as The Killers, Chromeo, and Phoenix. One of their first notable hits was the song “Erase”, released in 2012 and which included vocals by actress and singer Priyanka Chopra.
The group broke into mainstream success when they released a free download of theirnew single #Selfie in 2013. Soon after, they scored a deal with Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records and the single was re-released. The band soon hit a peak on the dance music charts while receiving international recognition.
The Chainsmokers have since blown up and received several other awards. Amongst those include a Grammy for best dance recording, two AMA awards, and five iHeartRadio awards.
Artists are people who can take ordinary experiences and turn them into something totally new. An artist can take something that most people feel in life and translate it in a new way of seeing the world. One person who understand how this is possible is Alex Pall. Pall is one of half of the duo of a group known as The Chainsmokers. As someone who has always felt an inner sense of creativity, he’s made it his business and his art to bring his feelings and music to others. He wants to take the inner things that move him and make others share in them. Pall has seen his career take off for many reasons including his ability to take such experiences and use them to create songs people love. This is also why the fans love what he does. They appreciate how he can help them see the world in ways that make them happier personally. As he and his partner have seen his career continue to take off, they have realized it is not enough to do the same thing time and again.
One of his goals with his partner is to create a cohesive body of work. They aim to create a body of songs that others can relate to and can stand the test of time over the long term. He and his partner in the duo have also continued to look for new ways to bring their music to the next level and help fans understand their point of view. They want to continue to reach out to their fans and help them see the world around them in ways are fun and exciting. This process also means listening to their fans and keeping in mind their feedback. It’s become evident to the duothat their fans want more from them. This is part of what motivates them to continue to do what they do each time they get together to think about the next step forward. Pushing it to next level is where they hope to be going forward.