You probably caught wind of The Chainsmokers in 2014, when they released the playful single #SELFIE poking fun at the rise of social media and the youth’s not so secret addiction to self-satisfying posts . . . And please, let me take a MOMENT to gush about this dynamic duo’s rise to fame. Two years later, these NYC-based DJs are known for much more than an “anti-basic bitch” anthem. To date they’ve released more than 40 remixes, and have a world tour under their belt. There’s nothing up and coming about Alex and Drew – they’re already household names.
This month has proven to be a particularly exciting one with the release of their newest single Roses (ft. Rozes), which comes as part of their 5-Song “Bouquet Bundle”, out today on Disruptor Records (a division of Columbia Records). This weekend The Chainsmokers will play at Disco Donnie Presents’ annual Halloween-themed music festival, taking place here in Houston. Hurricane Patricia don’t get shit on these two.
I had the chance to catch up with these cool cats about their amazing year, with what we can expect from them in the coming months and the single historical figure with whom they’d most like to rage.
FREEwilliamsburg: You guys have EXPLODED since the release of 2013’s #SELFIE! How has this quick rise to fame been both challenging and rewarding?
The Chainsmokers: Its been awesome. We have learned an incredible amount about themusic business and ourselves in a very short amount of time and we are really lucky to be in the place that we are now. Its been some ups and some downs but thats just life in general… but we are feeling really good about everything at the moment.
FW: Out of the number of festival performances I’ve seen over the last two summers, yours rank as some of the most high energy and fun out there! Why do you think your audiences connect so strongly with your “give 0 fux” attitude?
Well we definitely give a f**k, but we just have a lot of fun. You can tell we are really into what we are doing and its genuine. Getting to play for our fans and friends is thebest part of the week! All the stuff we have been grinding on in private comes out then and we get to enjoy it together. I think also part of it is just the fact we are very outspoken about just being two dudes… we are relatable in that sense, we love to speak to everyone and hangout so maybe people feel like they really know us… or at least thats how we want them to feel.
FW: You’ll be playing at Something Wicked in Houston this weekend, right after the first date of your “Friend Zone” Tour. Should we expect any big surprises . . . it is Texas after all?
Well we love Houston – we always try to come correct! Sadly, an hour is really hard for us now to go through all the stuff we wish we could, but we will playing our brand new single, “New York City” for the first time at a festival and possibly some more unreleased stuff, and of course wyling the fuck out…
Your new single Roses is really lovely, and might seem like a digression from some of the comic releases we’ve seen from you in the past. What influenced the creation of this single and your collaboration with Rozes?
We dont think its fair to consider what we have done in the past as comical. We have released over 40 remixes all from indie artists… “#selfie” was one of the smartest records ever released as its a joke on society and basic bitches… being like “Kanye” is about being yourself and not giving a fuck and then there was “Let You Go” which was a really emotional progressive house track. After that was “Good Intentions” which was a release about always meaning to do well but this is life and we all mess up and then came “Roses”. Every song just mentioned in inherently us and in our opinion a great piece of music in some respect… “Roses” for us is just a progression of us as artists… and we do admit its the song we are most proud of and we feel like with every song we create we become better artists… thats just how it goes, we become more comfortable and confident in the process. “Roses” though just makes us so happy. We finished the track in about 6 hours. we co wrote it with Rozes who is beyond incredible and everything about it just felt right.
You guys seem like the type of people who get in trouble, but never get caught. Can you let us in on your secret to being lovably mischievous?
Hahaha no comment jk… nah we arent reckless dicks… we care a lot about the people around us and certainly aren’t trying to f**k peoples sh*t up. Nothing is worse than that sort of careless ass***e. But we have a lot of fun still and really just enjoy and soak up every second of our ride as much as we can. We think our videos with Rory Kramer are testaments to that.
You’re based in NYC, but your music has brought you all over the world. Is there anything you particularly miss about the city when you’re on the road?
The food, gym and studio time. Honestly, we pretend like we would be happy at home but we know its all about the balance. NYC is such an amazing city and we miss our friends and family!
Cigarettes are $15 a pack in NYC. Do you think it’s more annoying when people just truthfully ask to bum a cigarette or when they offer to buy a cigarette “for a dollar”?
Definitely bum, but when we used to smoke giving away a cigg to anyone sucked!
If you could party with any historical figure, who would it be, what would you drink and where would you go?
We would party with JFK cause dude was a boss, we would drunk teuqila and bud light and go to 1oak