Category: Music

Chainsmokers Dive into Dark Waters with “Sick Boy”

With the release of their new single, “Sick Boy”, the Chainsmokers made a risky move by setting off in a darker direction, both lyrically and musically. Fans can immediately recognize the change in style from previous hits. The upbeat electronic sound has been swapped for a darker, more serious one, although still catchy.

If you’re not familiar with the Chainsmokers, they are an electronic dance music band consisting of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall. Their most popular song is “Closer”, which is their first number one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their song “Don’t Let Me Down” also received a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Lyrics of hits such as these have centered on lighter themes like partying, taking selfies, and romantic flings. “Sick Boy” marks the end of the cheery dance music phase and the beginning of one that is more serious and socially aware.

Drew Taggart elaborated on the intent of their new single and plans for the future of the band, stating that they’ve grown up and want to talk about issues that they, and many other people are currently facing. Particularly, the Chainsmokers want to deliver messages about the way the current generation is growing up and functioning in society.

The lyrics for “Sick Boy” accomplish just that, tackling the issue of growing up in a society in which social media is heavily consumed. Taggart explained that it is hard growing up with social media because it is very easy for people to know you and also to misinterpret you. Young people growing up today compete to get as many followers and likes as possible, causing some to lose themselves and to base their worth on how popular they are.

A powerful line in ‘Sick Boy’ summarizes Taggart’s message nicely.

“Feed yourself with my life’s work. How many likes is my life worth?”

As far as expectations for how their music will be received, Taggart wants the music the music to be relatable to people on a deeper level, while remaining fun.

Norka: A Positive Venezuelan

Norka Luque is one of the most positive things to ever come out of Venezuela. While there are many stars within the country, she is one of the ones that shines the brightest and the furthest throughout the world. Her music has a fan base of people on all different corners of the globe and she has been heard every where from Latin America to Iceland and everywhere in between. Norka Luque has made sure that she made a name for herself from the beginning of her singing career and it has paid off with all of the different ways that she is easily recognized in the world.
It wasn’t always that way, though, Singer Norka was once just a girl who wanted to study business at college and wanted a career that definitely had nothing to do with singing when she started out. There were many things that she was able to do and the business degree was the first of many accomplishments from this young woman. She made sure that she completed everything that she started and this included the business degree that she was initially trying to obtain from a French university. She did so with great success but decided that she did not want to be a business person.

She then thought that she might enjoy something that had to do with the culinary arts. After much thought and a lot of discussions, she decided that she was going to go to culinary school in France. There, she learned how to cook some of the most advanced dishes and how to properly prepare them for anyone from a small dinner party to the royalty. She was successful but she still felt that there was something more and something better that was out there waiting for her.

That something was singing. While she had always enjoyed singing as a hobby, it had never occurred to her to use it as a primary form of income. She entered the business of singing after a band discovered her voice. The band wanted her to sing with them and she took the opportunity. She wanted to sing a lot and she became comfortable on the stage. This meant that she was able to learn the ins and outs. She eventually turned this opportunity into real-world experience. She learned how to sing on her own and became a solo artist in no time.