The Chainsmokers have been greatly inspired by the late EDM artist Avicci. When he passed earlier this year, Drew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers were absolutely devastated. At the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, the Billboard-topping EDM duo gave a moving tribute to the late artist alongside Halsey. The pair were presenting the award for Top Hot 100 Song of the year when they took a moment to pay tribute to the artist that had inspired them so much during his life. Halsey spoke about what a joy he was to be around and mentioned the severe impact mental illness can have on anyone. She encouraged others to be there for the people in their lives that are suffering from mental health problems.
Later in the evening, the pair also dedicated the award that they received for being the top dance/electronic act of the year to Avicii. Without Avicii, The Chainsmokers noted, that they might not have been inspired to pursue their career in music. Avicii gave Alex Pall and Drew Taggart the confidence to believe their career was one that could be obtained. He meant a lot to the EDM world and for pop music in general, he will be greatly missed and The Chainsmokers hope he has found peace.
The Chainsmokers released their hit single “Closer” featuring Halsey in 2016. It topped the charts in the United Kingdom, the United States, and 11 other countries in the year of its release. They were named as the 18th top DJ’s on DJ Magazine’s 2016 “Top 100 DJ’s” list. When The Chainsmokers first began working together, they stated that they really hadn’t planned to release a studio album. Currently, they are working on their follow-up to their hit premier album Memories… Do Not Open. The Chainsmokers have already released a few singles from their upcoming album that touch on the topic of mental illness. “Sick Boy” talks about how celebrities can go through an identity crisis because of social media. People pass judgments with likes and comments while forgetting that there are real people behind the screen.