Thousands gathered at the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to attend the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month and it was impossible to ignore the absence of a celebrated artist.
The death of Swedish producer and DJ, Tim Bergling, better known in the EDM scene as the artist Avicii, is a tragedy that’s still affecting the music community and the Chainsmokers made sure they paid their respects to a promising young star.
While appearing on stage with pop star Halsey to hand Luis Fonsi the Top Hot 100 Song award for “Despacito,” the Chainsmokers, made up of producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, spoke about Avicii’s contribution to EDM as a community and how his legacy will sand as an inspiration to others. Halsey chimed in, urging those in attendance to reach out to loved ones suffering from mental illness like Avicii had.
When the Chainsmokers took the stage again, awarded for being the Top Dance/Electronic act, Taggart dedicated their win to Avicii’s memory for inspiring and influencing their music, ending with the hope that the late artist is finally at peace.
After word of his death hit social media in late April, Avicii’s family formally announced that the 28-year-old had taken his own life.
Geffen Records have yet to make a final decision as to whether or not they will make any of Avicii’s unreleased music available to the public.
About The Chainsmokers:
The Chainsmokers is an American EDM duo that rose to critical fame in 2014 following the release of their hit single “#Selfie.” Before long their name ascended on the Billboard Charts with each subsequent release, and their single “Don’t Let Me Down” was awarded Best Dance Recording at the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony in 2017.
Members Alex Pall and Drew Taggart were introduced through their manager Adam Alpert which led to the formation of the Chainsmokers. Pall has worked as a song writer for various recording artists and is a classically trained pianist. Taggart has also written a number of songs for others and has produced a number of records outside of the duo.
The article “The Chainsmokers Discus ‘Sick Boy’ Single And How Their New Music Is ‘Darker’ Than Ever Before” can be read at https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2018/02/07/the-chainsmokers-discuss-new-single-sick-boy-and-how-their-new-music-is-darker-than-ever-before/#337397621b4f.
The piece features an interview with Drew Taggert a leader in the band Chainsaw. The band got its mainstream start in the music industry in 2015. The article also gives a brief introduction on the background of the band. The interview delves into the type of music that the band has recorded previously verses the darker side of music that they have recently released with their single. Taggert discusses the explanations why they have decided to record the murkier compositions.
The band Chainsmokers is an American DJ/production duo. The Chainsmokers’ music is a mix of hip-hop, pop, indie and dance. The two main members of the group are Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Alex Pall was born on May 16, 1985 and raised in New York State. Andrew Taggart was born on December 31, 1989 and raised in the state of Maine. Both musicians meet through the music industry and decided to work together in the band Chainsmokers. The band became famous with their hit song “#Selfie”.
Chainsmokers have had many successful hits with the music including 3 songs within the top 20 on the Canadian Billboard Charts. The song “Bouquet (EP)” found itself in the number 18 spot on the Canadian Billboard chart in February 2016 lasting for 29 weeks on the billboards. November 2016 the bands song “Collage (EP)” achieved number 2 on the Canadian Top 10 Billboard chart with a stay of 45 weeks. Their song “Memories…Do Not Open” made number 1 on the Canadian Top 10 Billboard chart in April 2017 remaining on the chart for 41 weeks. Get More Information Here.
The band has had many successes within the music industry. The years of 2016 and 2017 they won the Favorite Electronic/Dance Music Artist award from the American Music Awards. The Billboard Awards have also recognized Chainsmokers as the 2016 Top Dance/Electronic Artist and in 2017 they were awarded the Top Collaboration and Top Dance/Electronic Song awards.