Chainsmokers Evolve Their Style

Three years ago the Chainsmokers, a DJ and production duo, came onto the EDM-pop music scene. Their music is described as a blend of pop, hip-hop, indie and dance. In 2018, their latest single, “Sick Boy” bore a much darker tone than usual. It may be different from their usual music, but their fans are loving it.

The Chainsmokers is made up of two DJs, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Alex Pall studied at NYU, and Andrew Taggart studied at Syracuse University. When they started to work together in 2012, they began by covering bands. Eventually, they started to mix their own music, and partnered up with singers and other musicians. The Chainsmokers’ first breakthrough song, “#Selfie” topped charts all over the world. One song from their 2015 EP “Don’t Let Me Down” won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Pall and Taggart are happy with the new change in their tone, so are their fans.

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Their new music is darker because it reflects what they, and their fans, are experiencing in day to day life. Taggart explains that their experiences play a lot into the music they make. He feels frustrated by watching their band become a caricature of what they really are. He observes young people every day stress over their popularity on Instagram and other social media sites. The kinds of stressors to be liked, followed and popular is reflected in their new music.

Pall believes in pushing the envelope in the music industry. He claims the band has always held high standards for themselves in making new and exciting changes in their music. Pall appreciates their new direction; they’re motivated by their craft, making the shows dynamic, creating great sound and making solid connections with their collaborations. They want to compose new music because that’s part of the magic, it’s constantly evolving to explore new ideas, concepts and styles. The Chainsmokers want their audience to relate and resonate with their music. So far the fans have been in agreement. Pushing the envelope and changing it up can be risky, but the rewards are well worth it.

Doug Levitt and his Explorations with the Greyhound Diaries

The Greyhound Diaries is a literary and musical exploration that seeks to bring out the stories of the low-class. The stories are written from the perspective of Doug Levitt as he travels through the Greyhound Bus. He has spent the past ten years traveling by bus. Throughout his journeys, he has managed to cover over 100,000 miles. He has listened to stories of travelers in his journeys. He expressed the stories in the form of images, songs, and stories. The purpose of Doug Levitt’s project is to talk about the struggling people in the American society.


Before his journeys, Doug Levitt worked as a foreign correspondent who was located in London. He developed an interest in music and later decided to combine music with storytelling. He relocated to Nashville where he signed a deal with a popular producer in the region. He was able to produce several albums under the Greyhound Diaries series. Levitt has managed to capture over 10,000 images from the project. He has presented the project in the form of songs, shows, and live performances.


Doug Levitt decided to travel through the Greyhound bus for six weeks. During that time, he was able to mingle with strangers where he shared his life experiences. He interacted with the poor Americans and heard their stories. They mostly shared their experiences, memories, and events that changed their lives. Doug Levitt felt the need to share that information with the rest of the world. He created the Greyhound series where he has put down several publications on the same stories.


David had traveled 80,000 miles through America by the year 2012. He had a huge collection of pictures, songs, and stories that he shares with others. He managed to take more than 10,000 photographs which he uses to explain the stories. However, Doug’s aim is not to break people’s hearts as they look at the struggling and helpless people. He wants to give them hope. He is trying to inspire others by letting them know that they are not alone when they go through several difficulties. People from good backgrounds ought to be thankful for what they have.