The Chainsmokers just gave dance music’s cringiest interview ever
The first time the world met The Chainsmokers it was via Selfie, a release that was more about viral content marketing than music itself.
In the two years since, duo Drew Taggart and Alex Pall have continued to coast in mediocrity, incurring the wrath of the entire dance world on at least one occasion – “This is what happens when you keep chipping away at your dignity,” tweeted Mat Zo after a particularly terrible TV performance from the pair, “You start by letting go a little, then bit by bit you lose grip and end up on American Idol wondering what went wrong” – and, to their credit, scored a couple more #1 songs along the way.
But if you needed reminding of just why The Chainsmokers are dance music’s least redeemable characters, have a read of this month’s Billboard cover story. In an interview you won’t want to believe is real, Taggart and Pall manage to encapsulate everything that is wrong with EDM’s culture of hyper-masculinity: they are self-congratulatory, chauvinistic, full of undeserved bravado and all too eager to boast about getting drunk and going to strip clubs. As Billboard put it, “much of The Chainsmokers’ gospel could be plucked from collegiate men’s blog BroBible.”
“Even before success, pussy was number one,” says Pall at one point, offering the reader a telling insight into what motivates The Chainsmokers. “Like, ‘Why am I trying to make all this money?’ I wanted to hook up with hotter girls. I had to date a model.” (That’s not all: “We’re just frat bro dudes, you know what I mean? Loving ladies and stuff,” he adds at another point.)
Humble they are not: “Only Justin Bieber and Drake can hold a candle to what we’ve done,” says Taggart, speaking about their recent chart success. “Now we’re influencing the industry, putting out songs everyone copies.”
The pair also talk about their recent performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, which by Taggart’s own description, “sounded like shit”. He sang live for only the second time in his life on their track Closer, and it didn’t go well: “I was set up to fail,” he says. “Nearly ever other person lip-synced it”. See it for yourself below and read the full interview on Billboard, if you dare.
Katie Cunningham is the Editor of inthemix. You can find her on Twitter.