The Chainsmokers have taken a dark, introspective turn with their music, as heard with “Sick Boy” and “Everybody Hates Me.” As it turns out, the duo’s music has been somewhat of an open book. Now, Drew Taggart is speaking out about his struggles with depression in a letter to fans.
“Songwriting is my therapy,” he starts out. “I dealt with depression for what most would call the height of The Chainsmokers career thus far.”
The Chainsmokers are certainly on top of their game, and from the outside looking in it seems like they’re doing better than ever. In some ways, that’s true. But, for Taggart, he’s learning to not hide his feelings behind a smile.
“You’d think that an artist getting their first massive break and seeing success in a career they love would have no problems, but that’s the funny thing about depression. It’s doesn’t matter what you’ve accomplished because it attacks how you feel about it.”
Through it all, songwriting has become his saving grace. Taggart says it wasn’t until he began putting feelings into his songs that he started to feel better. His entire statement is below.
Thank you for sharing this message and your art with the world.
Drew Taggart On Depression
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songwriting is my therapy. i dealt with depression for what most would call the height of the chainsmokers career thus far. you’d think that an artist getting their first massive break and seeing success in a career they love would have no problems, but that’s the funny thing about depression. it’s doesn’t matter what you’ve accomplished because it attacks how you feel about it. your resumé won’t save you. i didn’t begin to feel better until i began putting my feelings into my songs. this explains the sudden dark introspective turn the chainsmokers music took earlier this year with the release of songs like “sick boy” and “everybody hates me” etc. maybe this isn’t the chainsmokers you all wanted and that’s ok, but it’s what we needed to create to grow. that chapter isn’t closed by any means but i do feel like i’ve gotten something off my chest, i’m not hiding my feelings behind a smile when i don’t feel like it anymore. “This Feeling” is the first song i wrote when i came out of my depressed state for the first time. it’s a song about following your heart even when people don’t believe in you. mentally i’m in a good place right now. i’m in love with my friends and family and thank god everyday that i get to write songs for a living. i hope y’all enjoy this one.
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