Why The Chainsmokers’ VMA performance ‘sounded like shit’
As summer draws to a close, The Chainsmokers have continued to dominate the airwaves. Not only did their Halsey collaboration, “Closer,” reach double-platinum status last week, but Billboard published a cover feature with the duo on September 15.
“Closer” marks Drew Taggart and Alex Pall’s third double-platinum track of the year, following “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” a fact which prompted Taggart to tell Billboard, “Only Justin Bieber and Drake can hold a candle to what we’ve done,” referencing the fact that no other acts have released more Top 10 hits in 2016.
Despite the chart success of “Closer,” Taggart mentioned to Billboard that he was dissatisfied with his performance of the track at MTV’s VMAs:
“It sounded like shit. We were told my voice was going to be mixed well, but there was no reverb and it was way louder than the track for the broadcast. I was set up to fail. Nearly every other person lip-synced it, and we knew because we had them in our ears. So now I know why you lip-sync.”
Taggart, who goes on to note that his mom told him, “Keep up with your singing lessons,” doesn’t seem to be too discouraged by his MTV performance. He posted the following photo to his Instagram on September 15, in celebration of The Chainsmokers’ third double-platinum achievement.
I like dis pic. I was nervous. This was my first time singing live really ever n it was on tv n Kanye was watching. I had to remember to play to the camera and then to the audience and then to Halsey. The curtain came up. Fuck. I forgot everything I practiced. I wasn’t ready for it, but that’s life. Life throws you into situations you aren’t prepared for and you have to figure them out. Don’t back down and don’t ever give up. Also, CLOSER went double platinum today making it our 3rd double platinum record of 2016. Thank you guys for being a part of this journey ❤️
As The Chainsmokers continue to churn out high profile collaborations (and as Taggart continues to work with his vocal coach), we are confident that their third double-platinum record will not be their last.