A recent Esquire article had a rather inflammatory headline. “The Chainsmokers Are the Nickelback of EDM,” the title screamed. Ouch! Nickelback hasn’t exactly had the best reputation, so this was definitely a slap in the face.
The article went on to make some scathing comparisons. “They’re doing for EDM what Nickelback did to post-grunge arena rock: becoming immensely popular by using the worst cliches the genre has to offer, and then taking it down to the river and putting it out of it’s misery,” the author wrote.
The article then hits on the sexism and “schmaltz” both artists rely on. Not to mention, The Chainsmokers haven’t had the most upstanding interviews. In one instance, they stated, “Even before success, p—y was number one.” Hmm.
Despite this not painting a good picture for the duo, they had a pretty witty response. They brushed off the haters by posting a video on Twitter. In the video, Alex Pall jams out on piano while Drew Taggart sings.
It starts out as The Chainsmokers’ newest song “Paris,” but then it morphs into something else. Take a listen:
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) January 31, 2017
We personally really love the “It’s not like you to say sorry” comment in the tweet. At least if they are going to get called out on their lesser qualities, it’s good to see they have a sense of humor about it. Somehow, we doubt they ever take themselves too seriously.
–EDM In Stereo Staff