The Chainsmokers are a duo of young men who write, record, and perform catchy millennial music that combines lyrics about partying and hooking up with dance-y EDM beats. Their formula for success is pretty solid, and not to mention, they're also some pretty good-looking dudes. They've collaborated with Halsey, Coldplay, and a slew of other talented indie/electronic artists.
To put it in the words of The Chainsmokers — Alex Pall, 31, (tall bearded one) and Drew Taggart, 27, (good eyebrows and beauty marked one) — "I promise you. We're not assholes."
Drew expands on the topic. "People are like, ‘Oh my God, they’re such bros,’” he says. "And we’re like, ‘No! We’re making fun of bros!' I hope people can walk away from this article with a deeper sense of our purpose as artists and our true characters. We’re in this grey area where people are like, ‘I don’t get it, are these guys assholes or not?’ I promise you, we’re not assholes."
"It affects you, because you don’t know how people are going to see that – [whether they’ll] take it at face value and walk away feeling you are that person,” Alex told NME. "It’s not about apologizing and back-pedalling. It’s about… I don’t want to say becoming better people, because that sounds cheesy. Just keeping it real, and understanding that not everyone’s on your team. Move forward. Make responsible decisions. Think about what it might look like to a kid who’s 10 years old, seeing what we do – how that might impact on the way they listen to our music and enjoy our antics." Antics, indeed. But there's still a pretty long road ahead of them to reach non-asshole status. Best of luck to them both.
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