From the second the Chainsmokers took off in 2016 with “Roses,” they by no means slowed down. The duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall delivered three albums between 2017 and 2019, along with a rigorous world touring schedule that included a three-year Las Vegas residency. They’d the profession artists dream of, however they had been burnt out. So what did they do? Properly, decelerate.
Even earlier than the world shut down in March 2020, the Chainsmokers deliberate to take the yr off — for their very own sakes, however largely for the band’s sake. Shortly after their 2019 tour ended, they took a two-week journey to Hawaii in hopes of a reset.
“What we had been making earlier than was nice, however we felt prefer it did not have a thesis, [and it] sort of misplaced its soul just a little bit,” Taggart admits. “We needed to rediscover what made us most enthusiastic about being on this band.”
That journey ignited the method for his or her fourth studio album, So Far So Good, a 16-track show of a rejuvenated, mature Chainsmokers. Its big selection of manufacturing methods confirmed the duo’s development in addition to their true expertise — one thing that they are extremely conscious has been mocked. They even made that clear of their album announcement, a video titled, “Sorry, the Chainsmokers are again.”
Although the album wasn’t their most commercially profitable, So Far So Good acquired glowing critiques from followers upon its Might 2022 launch. (“I noticed feedback that had been like, ‘That is my favourite album’ and ‘That is probably the most full album you guys have put out,'” Pall recollects.) However after listening to them discuss concerning the album for even only a few minutes, it is clear that the Chainsmokers did not actually care about how their music was acquired — they’re simply completely happy to nonetheless be making it.
The Chainsmokers sat down with GRAMMY.com to mirror on what their return meant to them, their place in in the present day’s dance scene, and that loopy announcement about performing in house.