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The Chainsmokers to make SNL debut in April accompanying Louis CK

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live and The Chainsmokers announced they will be performing on SNL in April when the show is to be hosted by comedian Louis CK. The duo took to Twitter to voice their love for CK and excitement to be listed along side the comedy icon. Set for April 8, a day after their debut album Memories Do Not Open is to be released, this will be The Chainsmokers’ first appearance on SNL.

In recent years, The Chainsmokers have burred the lines between electronic dance and pop music. Their start to 2017 has been fairly prolific, from releasing “Paris” and an accompanying remix album, to collaborating with Coldplay on “Something Just Like This,” the duo shows little signs of slowing down their rising trend. As is the case when many artists gain popularity among fans outside of the base with which they started, The Chainsmokers have been facing contempt and ridicule from diehard, long time dance music fans for debasing the genre to simple pop reproductions. However, despite niche fan anger, their popularity continues to rise.

As their sound moves away from the aggressive electro house they created from 2012 to 2014, The Chainsmokers are looking less like niche electronic music producers and more like pop stars. “Roses” in 2015 and “Closer” is 2016 are keystones in the genealogy of this transformation. Because of this movement toward pop, The Chainsmoker’s commercialization is easy and makes them a great artist to book for television performances. Take last year’s performance of “Roses” on James Corden’s show as an example: rather than being reclusively hunched over turntables like the typical standoffish electronic DJ, the duo enlists Rozes and back up singers for vocals. Moreover, they offer their own accompanying vocals and performed live on a synthesizer. For better or worse, The Chainsmokers are similarly taking the electro sound rooted in early Porter Robinson or Wolfgang Gartner, and pulling elements into generic pop tracks with lyrics about love and loss, and that can easily be performed on SNL.

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