We’ve been covering the Chainsmokers for a while now, and most of that coverage has involved posting some really high quality remixes that the boys have made, ranging from a cover of Say Lou Lou’s Julian to Banks new track Change- and they’ve been consistently releasing tunes that are not only listenable, but just plain fun. But now, taking a step away from the remix mold, they’ve released their first original song, #SELFIE. The bombastic duo, who never shy away from a moment in the spotlight have made a low-brow song that is a direct commentary of the terrifyingly high levels of narcissism that our generation has reached.
Cultural theorist, Theodore Adorno once said that "the social and psychological functions of popular music [is that it] acts like a social cement to keep people obedient and subservient to the status quo of existing power structures." From the Chainsmokers novelty song, we can then assume that the existing dominant power structure is technology, or specifically the front facing function of the cameras in our smart phones and this song is keeping us totally obedient and subservient to that structure, the selfie. The songs content does not bode well for the state of our generation, but at this point arguing that we aren’t a generation of self-involved egomaniacs is like Rob Ford trying to convince the public that he didn't buy crack in a shady McDonalds alley way last December. So while, the #selfie may be saying more than we like to admit about our current state of affairs in popular culture, that doesn’t mean that the song isn’t enjoyable. It’s fucking fun. And ridiculous. And over the top. But so are The Chainsmokers, so for us to expect anything less from them than utter absurdity- well that’s on us folks.
So in honor of their latest and greatest release, we chatted with the Chainsmokers about a variety of topics, very few of them actually involving music, and we find out some interesting facts about Drew and Alex, including a doozy about one of them being a closeted republican and a rousing game of Would You Rather. -Christine
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1) What do you do to get yourself amped up for a concert?
Get drunk and punch each other in the face or steak and espressos….
2) If someone was to write your biography- who would you want to write it and what would the title be? For instance, I want mine to be "A long walk to Bushwick, by Lena Dunham".
Our would be, ‘Rent in NYC is Expensive’ By Brett Easton Ellis
3) If you could spend the rest of your life in one place, where would it be?
New York City or LA, we are split… The earth quake factor tilts us slightly more in favor of NYC… ZING!!!
3a) Would you rather be able to talk to Animals or be able to speak every language in the world?
Speak Every language… Alex can already communicate with Goldens…
3b) Would you rather have Cheeto dust permanently attached to your fingertips or be sexually attracted to fruit (*note this means you can't have sex with people anymore, only fruit, like a sexy mango or something).
Cheeto dust for sure, sex with hot women just means to much to us…
4) What place haven’t you been to yet, but that you really want to visit?
Japan for sure, Hawaii would be cool, Eastern Europe we hear parties… Iceland would be good fun…
5) Where’s the grungiest place you guys have ever played?
SAE Space party at SD State… party was fucking mental but it was filthy and sweaty, and awesome…
6) Do you have a crazy fan story?
One time a girl shaved her head a show and kept throwing her hair on stage at us…. It was very strange but endearing
7) What was the first concert you ever went to? Your first CD?
Alex – Billy Joel / Snoop Dogg
Drew – 311 / The Offspring
Its no surprise these children of the early nineties are Offspring fans. You can feel a little bit of that slightly off kilter, ecstatic energy in their music today.
8) Who was your first kiss and if there was a song playing do you remember which song?
Alex – Madonna – Ray of Light
Drew – Janet Reno – Its raining men
9) In keeping with that- what are your fondest music memories?
We are making them right now.
10) Blondes, Brunettes or Redheads?
A hot girl is a hot girl is a hot girl….
11) A friend of mine was in an job interview and they asked him “What are you a contrarian about?” which I thought was a really tough question. What do you think you a contrarian about? In life, in love whatever.
Oh interesting question…
Well we think Colplay rush of blood is one of the best albums EVER…. Drew is also a republican…
12) You have to pick one to Fuck, Marry or Kill:
Batman (fuck) , Superman (Marry), Spiderman (kill)
John Hamm (fuck) , John Krasinski (marry) or John Stamos (kill)
Destiny’s Child : Michelle (kill), Beyonce (marry) or Kelly (fuck)
The Chainsmokers say that they "like music that pushed you toward a feeling." That when making tracks that they follow the music that "captures a sort of picturesque moment, whatever it may be." That can range from really up tempo pop-infused tracks like their remix of Mikky Ekko's Kids to this track above by Smallpools that is one of their decidedly more emotionally resonant songs.
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