It’s almost April 14 and for Game of Thrones fans, eyes have anxiously been fixated on that date as it marks the premiere of the final season of the hit HBO series. Surrounding this hype is a vast array of promo, of which includes a recent re-creation of the show’s iconic theme song in conjunction with Mountain Dew’s new Thrones-centric ad campaign.
The theme song “remix” consists of one lyric—”Dew,” eventually making way for Migos to hop in for some bars delivered from atop the iron throne. The “Dew” singers include NBA All-Star Joel Embiid, EDM power-duo The Chainsmokers, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt jr, and more.
The Chainsmokers are clearly huge GOT fans themselves, paying tribute to the series during their Ultra Music Festival 2019 set (see the pair holding swords and playing an electronic cover of its theme at 1:11:30).
After a shaky start to day one at Ultra Music Festival‘s new Virginia Key location, things started to return to normal as the weekend progressed. Rectifying the transportation errors with extra sets and extended hours, Ultra was successfully able to return the focus of the festival to the music. Between the main stage area and Resistance Island, day three of the festival included performances from a slew of Ultra favorites, including Carl Cox,The Chainsmokers and David Guetta.
From Zeds Dead‘s wonky bass takeover to Armin van Buuren‘s three-hour exploration of all things trance, the talent that closed out Ultra’s final day have left fans itching for more. Whether you were at the festival and want to relive those moments, or missed out while at home, revisit some of Dancing Astronaut‘s favorite sets from day three of the Miami festival.
Ultra Music Festival 2019 has come to an end, and with that, endless IDs have surfaced, giving the electronic music community plenty to anticipate in the months to come. The Chainsmokers were among the artists to debut new music after an unexpected announcement that the duo linked up with none other than Illenium for a forthcoming track in the middle of their set.
The new release was debuted at the 42-minute mark of The Chainsmokers’ Ultra set, and it’s a recognizable blend of the artists’ styles. The vocals are undeniably catchy, as one would expect in a Chainsmokers’ track, but Illenium’s signature echoed layering of the vocals transports the listener to another realm. The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart also sings on the song, which falls into a chilling future bass drop.
Alex Pall and Taggart noted that this is the first time they’ve ever debuted a track at Ultra Music Festival. They did not announce when fans can expect the track to be released, but given they recently announced another full-length album in 2019, it would not be surprising if the track is set to be featured on the compilation in the year to come.
Amidst a rising nationwide concern in growing smoking behavior among young adults, The Chainsmokers have announced a name change to JuulSquad. It is still unclear how the name change will affect the duo’s popularity and whether fans will be resistant to the cross-over into new releases under the moniker.
The Chainsmokers have come under fire for perpetuating an underage smoking culture with their name. In an interview with Billboard, the pair explained the origin of their name and the rationale behind the sudden decision. “We actually met each other while we were both taking a smoke break outside so it was serendipitous that we ended up adopting The Chainsmokers as our name”, Alex Pall said. Drew Taggart admitted he thought the name sounded cool at the time and that he “thought it would impress hot chicks.”
“We realized it’s time for us to be role models for all our young fans out there. We can really make a difference,” Taggart said.
Both of the members hope that their new name will steer fans away from smoking and instead to juuling—as vaping has an already become popular smoking alternative. Whether they are aware of these new implications of stigmatizing vape culture in the younger generation is unknown. The duo will commence touring and releasing music under JuulSquad immediately as of April 1st, 2019. They have also hinted at an exclusive JuulSquad x Juul collaboration.
Fresh off the heat of their brand new single, “Kills You Slowly”, The Chainsmokers have been paving their musical trajectory into the indie-pop landscape, a contrast from the energetic bursts of EDM melodies and mainstage anthems that they initially pursued.
The two, Alex Taggart and Andrew Pall have stirred commotion with news of an upcoming album, in addition to a jam-packed summer season of performing at club residencies and music festivals. Now heading into one of their biggest performances of the year, the duo are slated to close out the Ultra Music Festival mainstage on Sunday March 31.
To catch The Chainsmokers in action, tune into the Ultra livestream below.
The second sample of World War Joy is here. Entitled “Kills You Slowly,” the single straddles The Chainsmokers aesthetic long familiar to listeners and the stylistic deviation that defines the sequel to the previously released “Who Do You Love.” As in past productions like the landmark hit, “Closer,” Drew Taggart takes on vocal duties, but unlike many of The Chainsmokers’ prior offerings, Taggart is the song’s sole vocalist. Another well-worn Chainsmokers construction is the decidedly narrative quality of the lyrics that comprise “Kills You Slowly.”
“Kills You Slowly” doesn’t tout a saccharine, sing-a-long friendly lyrical hook that would warrant the application of the descriptor “infectious,” and that is perhaps precisely where “Kills You Slowly” begins to depart from preceding Chainsmokers singles. The lyrical story of “Kills You Slowly” develops at the pace fittingly mentioned in the song’s title: slowly. The tune is a stripped down number that foregrounds Taggart’s vocals.
In further contrast to predecessors of The Chainsmokers’ expansive catalog, “Kills You Slowly” bears no punchy synth work, no fiery drop: 808s feature in the background, but do so in an unimposing, complementary fashion. The song fades out with the faintest guitar plucks, which gently conclude The Chainsmokers’ most muted showing to date. The duo’s shift in sonic direction pays off—that’s audible.
Fans of The Chainsmokers have learned to expect chart-topping pop collaborations from the electronic music-bred Alex Pall and Drew Taggart who comprise the superstar group. While catchy crossover releases have catapulted The Chainsmokers into pop culture notoriety, their first release of 2019 took even the most mainstream Chainsmokers lovers by surprise after they announced they were teaming up with Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer for single “Who Do You Love.” They subsequently announced that they would be embarking upon a North American tour with the group in a move that has been arguably The Chainsmokers’ most “mainstream” to date.
They’ve have now taken to Twitter to announce that the collaboration will be the first song featured on their forthcoming album, which will be titled World War Joy. The album is set to be released in 2019. While the album announcement is unexpected, it’s not surprising given the amount of new music The Chainsmokers have been teasing. No track list or collaborators other than 5 Seconds of Summer have been announced yet, but the duo are certainly finding a way to keep fans on their toes as they continue to release a wide variety of singles and long-form projects.
Chicago’s Lollapalooza provided fans an early morning gift in the form of its 2019 lineup. Returning to its home of Grant Park from August 1-4, the four-day affair boasts yet another all-star roster with everything from hip-hop to EDM. Perhaps the biggest indication of electronic’s influence over the modern music sphere is the festival’s headliner list. The Chainsmokers and Flume are both listed as headliners, joining a list that includes heavy hitters like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, and The Strokes. Other dance music acts making the lengthy list are RÜFÜS DU SOL, RL Grime, Whethan, Alesso, Boombox Cartel, and Lane 8, to name a few. Similar to Coachella, it seems that the many shades of dance music are playing an increasingly larger role in the festival’s lineup year upon year.
The “most iconic festival that never was,” in Ja Rule’s own words, Fyre Festival promised attendees a luxuriant escape from their daily routines. The exclusive event famously devolved, to stray quite far from Billy McFarland‘s vision of a chic, boutique festival rife with VIP guests. The catastrophic conditions that ticket holders faced illustrated a stark difference between the white sand of the private island beach that was to be Fyre Festival’s setting, and the grim, resource-lacking atmosphere that attendees instead occupied. Fyre Festival’s marketing campaigns foregrounded the lithe figures of some of the modeling industry’s most iconic, like Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski. Cerulean waters and shots of other tropical scenery collectively comprised an alluring natural backdrop that beckoned music lovers to travel to the Bahamian island of Grand Exuma, for the festival’s inaugural installment.
Although the expectations for the festival now famously contrast the disastrous reality that ensued, even The Chainsmokers couldn’t deny the influential character of Fyre Festival’s marketing. The DJ duo admitted that they lusted over a headlining slot at the event, following McFarland’s promotion of the multi-weekend affair. “I definitely sent a message to our manager, our agent when this started rolling, before things went south, and was like ‘what’s the deal? Are we going to get an offer for this festival?’” Alex Pall said during a recent interview with radio host, Smallzy. “Bella Hadid is there, and it looks like she’s going to be your best friend if you just buy a ticket,” Pall added.
Drew Taggart chimed in, to acknowledge the persuasive nature of Fyre Festival’s promotional campaign, while comically underscoring the festival’s chief shortcoming: the failure to produce the event as advertised. “They killed it on the marketing… all they had to do was put on a festival!” Drew Taggart said. While The Chainsmokers weren’t tapped to play Fyre Festival, hindsight is 20/20, and clearly portrays the lack of an offer as a particularly fortuitous turn for the “Closer” hit-makers. The Chainsmokers are slated to appear at KAABOO Festival in the Cayman Islands, which is, as Taggart puts it, “what Fyre Festival was trying to do.” Seems like it all worked out.