The Chainsmokers, along with singer Emily Warren, released “Side Effects” on July 27. It comes nearly two years after their monster hit, “Closer” debuted and dominated the charts. The award-winning, chart-topping duo — Andrew Taggart and Alex Paul — have released numerous singles since “Closer,” but perhaps none as carefree and summery as “Side Effects.”
2018 saw the release of “Sick Boy,” an EP that has produced four singles to date. “Side Effects” marks their fifth single this year and is thought to be from their upcoming full-length studio album. Unlike their other 2018 singles, “Side EFfects” has a more upbeat, disco-inspired feeling that makes it a fitting summer bop.
It’s also a far cry from their early DJ days. Taggart and Paul have matured as performers, with Taggart getting behind the mic and singing on songs like “Closer.” The music itself has become more personal, focusing on modern-day relationships and what it means to live and love in an increasingly technological age.
Paul and Taggart claim that they write songs based on their observations of the world. Their themes resonate with both critics and audiences alike. Since breaking through into mainstream success in 2014, The Chainsmokers have gone on to produce platinum records and to be nominated for and win multiple awards. This includes the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, and People’s Choice.
While The Chainsmokers continue DJing in Vegas, they also perform their music at venues large and small around the world. Alex Paul remains the main DJ, with Andrew Taggart writing, singing, and producing. Their sound is an eclectic mix of EDM, hip-hop, pop, and indie.
Since debuting “Side Effects” in July, they have dropped multiple remixes of the track. They’ve also released a music video featuring Camila Mendes of “Riverdale” fame. It was shot on location in Miami and directed by Matthew Dillon Cohen.
Do you want to travel to Japan? If so, you should really check out Kim Dao’s latest YouTube video “10 JAPAN TRAVEL HACKS YOU NEED TO KNOW!” In this video, Kim Dao goes over some of the things she wished she knew when she first journeyed to Japan.
The first travel hack Kim Dao goes over has to do with WiFi. She says if you can’t survive a day without the Internet, then you need to buy a Pocket WiFi or SIM Card before visiting Japan.
Kim Dao’s second hack has to do with the JR Pass. People on tourist visas can get JR Passes for $300 per week. This pass allows tourists to take as many JR trains as they want throughout their stay in Japan. Kim says JR Passes are great for people who plan to travel all around Japan. However, people just planning on touring one city like Tokyo shouldn’t invest in one.
Thirdly, Kim Dao talks about the travel website www.odigo.jp. She says Odigo is the perfect travel company for first time travelers. You can literally book your entire trip to Japan on Odigo’s revamped website.
Kim Dao’s fourth tip is all about useful train apps in Japan. She says all you have to do is type in “Japan trains” into the App Store and download an app. You could also just use Google Maps for free.
Related to train apps, Kim Dao next recommends getting a train card. She says you can get these cards at both airports and train stations for 500¥.
The final hacks in this video include withdrawing Japanese money at convenience stores, bringing a powerboard with you, renting a car for travel to rural areas, buying heat packs in the winter, and taking photos of places you want to visit. The last tip is designed to help you ask locals how to get to certain destinations if you can’t speak fluent Japanese.
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