Swedish DJ Avicii recognized by The Chainsmokers at Billboard Music Awards

At the recent Billboard Music Awards, The Chainsmokers took a moment to pay homage to producer and DJ Avicii. The EDM world suffered a loss on April 20th, that’s when Avicii passed away. It was reported that the DJ committed suicide. He was 28 years old.

Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, the two-man production team known as The Chainsmokers told the Las Vegas crowd that Avicii inspired many artists in many ways. This was prior to presenting the Top Hot 100 song of 2018. Pall and Taggart also dedicated their Top Dance/Electronic Act award to the famed swedish DJ.

In 2014, the New York City Based production duo the chainsmokers hit the scene with their top 20 single “#Selfie“. The group found themselves in the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 with “Roses“, a single from their debut album “Bouquet” in 2015. As of today, Chainsmokers have won a Grammy Award, 4 American Music Awards’s and 5 iHeartMusic Radio Awards. Also, Taggart and Pall scored a number one single with they’re hit record “Closer“.

Formed in 2012, the DJ and production duo perform EDM music. When speaking of influences, Chainsmokers refer to artist like Pharrell Williams. The group says they have pulled inspiration for songs from artist like Blink 182 and Taylor Swift. When asked about the duo’s sound, Andrew Taggart mentioned hip hop, dance music, Indie and pop music. He stated that they blur the lines between those genres.

Singer and songwriter Halsey was also at the Billboard event. While presenting with the Chainsmokers, she had this to say about Avicii, “Everyone who worked with him would say that he was such a joy and that makes this tragedy all the more painful. It’s a reminder to all of us to be there and support and love our friends and family members who may be struggling with mental illness.”

Given the statements made by The Chainsmokers and Halsey at the Billboard ceremony, one can imagine that Avicii will be missed by the EDM community.

THE CHAINSMOKERS RELEASE A DIFFERENT KIND OF MUSIC.

The Chainsmokers had been quiet for a while. It had been nine months before they released the song ‘Sick-boy.’ The song comes off as being darker than all their previous songs which Drew attributes to the content.

The “Sick Boy” speaks about frustration and pent-up rage. The song is about how people only label you according to labels on social media without seeking clarification. This usually makes an artist feel pressured, and you live like it’s not your own life.

The duo has always been pushing themselves to the limit which has ensured their consistent success for over two years. Topping the charts has not come easily to them though it may look like it was. They got their inspiration from the desire to pursue new horizons in their musical pursuits. Their fans have received the new track with a lot of enthusiasm, and for them, it is a good thing. This is because the entire song was aimed at one thing; enjoying it and having fun while at it.

Andrew and Alex know that the music industry is on the move, continually growing and if one is not careful, a lot of things including music can pass you by. Because of this, they push themselves, coming up with music that one can feel; music that is enjoyable to the audience. The fast-moving industry is frightening but exciting as well because it drives you to be the best that you can and in the process encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and do something exciting.

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Pall and Drew Taggart form the Chainsmokers that combines deejaying and production. Their first musical breakthrough came in 2014 with their song, ‘Selfie’ that was on the top twenty charts in many countries. When Rhett Bixler left, the group reformed again into the EDM DJ duo while under the management of Adam Alpert in New York. Pall had been a history and art student at the University of New York when he was introduced to Taggart. Taggart, on the other hand, was a student at Syracuse University and at the same time, an intern with interscope records.

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