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.