The Chainsmokers enjoyed a successful year with some global hits and Closer becoming the second-longest no. 1 run on the pop songs chart. But, with soaring success comes a lot of criticism. Esquire wrote an article calling them the Nickelback of EDM, saying the duo brings all the worst cliches of the genre and just might destroy it. Take a look.
Here’s an excerpt from the article.
The problem is, like Nickelback, The Chainsmokers sell their lowest-common-denominator sound using shameless sexism. Let’s look at their first Number One single, “Closer,” a duet between The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart and Halsey. It’s about him running into an ex, having sex with her in a car, then realizing he hated her the whole time. Then there’s their breakthrough single, “#Selfie,” which proudly mocks women taking pictures of themselves. (Compare those songs to the 2008 Nickelback hit “Something in Your Mouth,” with lyrical gems such as the following: “You’re so much cooler when you never pull it out / ‘Cause you look so much cuter with something in your mouth.”)
Now, if you read something like this written about your creation, you’d obviously be a little upset. But, The Chainsmokers reacted in a different manner. They uploaded a video of a mash-up of ‘Paris’ with ‘How You Remind Me’.
It was quite sporting of The Chainsmokers and the Internet loved it.
Soon, Ryan Peake from Nickelback also followed suit by uploading this.
Seriously, it’s only music. Relax and keep the hate away!