When NYC duo The Chainsmokers released #SELFIE, it seemed like this typical electro house number with its “hilarious” voiceover could become pretty big. Since then, this novelty track has led to the rapid rise of the duo, to the point at which they’re now appearing on the likes of American Idol.
It’s a rough ride to the top though, as million-dollar deals and appearances on TV talent shows have earned them their fair share of critics, so the duo took to Twitter to defend the nature of their work.
It's so crazy watching other ppl attack artists claiming they sold out. Do you even know what that means to sell out— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) May 20, 2014
Isn't the whole point to sell out and make some money so you can do what you love and live comfortably— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) May 20, 2014
Are we just supposed to live in our parents dungeons with nothing making quality music for everyone for free— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) May 20, 2014
It's so easy to look and the negative that no one eve bothers to think of the positive anymore... It's easier just to throw stones— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) May 20, 2014
So you’re probably thinking this is a reference to their own meteoric rise right? Apparently not.
And this rant isn't about us. We are comfortable and know what we are about lots of good music, fireball and yoga pants BUT there is— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) May 20, 2014
Always this black swan vibe that descends upon dance music producers that finds success.— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) May 20, 2014
Their opinions were bound to generate discussion, of course, with a few producers and DJs responding with their own take on the matter.
if you only care about "making it", if you take every shitty commerical opportunity, this is what you end up doing: https://t.co/o0rzb5OutD— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) May 20, 2014
The only thing @TheChainsmokers and pop EDM have in common is probably cancer.— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) May 20, 2014
That moment when one of the Chainsmokers wakes up from the most awful dream, and then realises...it actually happened...and it's on YouTube— Rob Swire (@rob_swire) May 21, 2014
In response, the guys are keen to keep things chilled, with a bit of wisdom borrowed from Bobby McFerrin.
Take a page from bob and don't worry be happy and sit back and enjoy the show— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) May 20, 2014
Read more of their thoughts on the matter in their Twitter feed. In the meantime, why not take a look at what all the fuss is about, if you haven’t already. If you’re a discerning dance music fan, you might want to look away at this point…