Thanks to that goddamn song about driving Rovers and roommates back in Boulder, The Chainsmokers are the belle of the ball in commercial music right now. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t without a fair share of controversy — Just do a Twitter search for “chainsmokers + douche” and you’ll get a bunch of vitriol towards the pop party DJ duo:
A recent Rolling Stone profile of the duo isn’t helping. In it, they threw some snark (albeit real-talk snark) about Lady Gaga’s latest single “Perfect Illusion” — That’s not exactly a great way to make friends in the cutthroat pop music world:
For all their success, the duo still talk about fellow musicians with the ardor – and candor – of fans. They envy acts with fully realized aesthetics: Twenty One Pilots, Stromae, Die Antwoord. At the steakhouse, a label rep asks what they think about Lady Gaga’s single “Perfect Illusion.” “It sucks,” Pall says. Taggart, more diplomatic, says, “She’s a great artist – like, Jeff Koons made a sculpture of her. . . .”
“I agree,” Pall says. “And a lot of talented people worked on that song. But . . .” he trails off, scrunching up his nose like something’s gone rancid on the seafood tower.
The Chainsmokers, meanwhile, are being champs about the whole thing. But could you imagine what this would be like if The Chainsmokers vs. Gaga became the next Drake/Meek, Perry/Swift?
As one who loves music drama, a dude can dream…