The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall and Drew Taggert Push the Envelope with Dark EDM-Pop Hit “Sick Boy”

Released in January 2018, ‘Sick Boy’ came into play as the next phase of dynasty duo The Chainsmokers’ Alex Paul and Drew Taggart’s career. The Chainsmokers a popular EDM-Pop DJ duo had appeared to take a hiatus after not releasing a song in over nine months to create a darker and more mature project. The change of pace comes from the duo conscience growth and wanting to bring something more significant to this generations pains through powerful lyrics and an intense melody. In a recent interview with Hugh McIntyre from Forbes Magazine, Taggart the groups lead singer states “Sick Boy” is the first installment of the duo’s growth as artist and as people.

After breaking onto the scenes in 2014 with the top twenty single “#Selfie” following up with hits like “Roses”, “Don’t Let Me Down” and their Billboard Charts number-one single “Closer”, The Chainsmokers were well on their way to a record breaking career before taking almost a year’s break from releasing a new song. Listeners wondered what to expect from the group after such an unexpected pause. Then it happened, in January 2018 a new, dark and unfamiliar sound emerged from the group with its release of “Sick Boy.” The song is said to enlighten and address what it’s like to be alive while facing the darkness of what individuals from this generation are dealing with today. “Sick Boy” is just the tip of the iceberg for where the duo’s style and message is presently heading.

Pushing themselves lyrically, “Sick Boy” is the first of many gutsy dance tracks that raises the bar addressing the stipulations and results of being excessively involved with social media. The duo’s personal growth inspired thought provoking lyrics such as “feed yourself with my life’s work, how many likes is my life worth.” The stanzas are a powerful introduction as to what direction the Chainsmokers’ music is moving toward. Avid listeners and newbies to their sound can expect to hear more of this dark yet melodic style on their up and coming projects.

How Lawrence Bender Films Made It

Lawrence Bender is possibly one of the greatest film producers of our time. He has created such wonderful works over the years, some of them very popular like Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction, and Inglourious Basterds. The thing with Lawrence Bender is that he wasn’t always into film. In fact, it was quite late when he got started compared to other producers.

Lawrence Bender grew up and was raised in the Bronx, New York City, New York in 1957 to a family of Jewish descendants. While he was growing up and going to high school, his goal was to become a civil engineer. This was mainly due to the fact that his grandfather was a civil engineer and because there were great jobs in that field. Long story short, Lawrence Bender enrolled at the University of Maine to pursue a degree in civil engineering. He graduated in 1979.

After college, it was Lawrence Bender’s goal to become a professional dancer. This was when Bender first started to really enjoy the arts. Unfortunately, an injury permanently sidelined him from doing what he truly loved: dancing. The good news is that Bender was able to pick up a new love of filmmaking.

There are many great films produced by Lawrence Bender but Good Will Hunting would have to be my favourite out of them all. In the film, Will Hunting is raised as an orphan and has a pretty abusive relationship with his guardians. He has a really tough time getting over his past as this follows him throughout his life. He works as a janitor on the late shift at MIT. What people don’t know is that he is a genius. One night, he spots a relatively difficult problem on the wall that the students and faculty can’t figure out. Once he solves the problem, he is later tracked down by the professor. This person’s name is Sean Maguire. In the movie, Maguire leads Hunting through some of life’s toughest challenges. All in all, the challenges that Hunting faces regularly throughout the movie and how he overcomes them is why I like the movie so much