The dynamic DJ production duo, The Chainsmokers formed in 2012 and had their debut and breakthrough performance in the years of 2013 and 2014. With 12 songs hitting Billboard charts including 5 in the top 10 hits of Billboard’s ‘hot 100’ and one in the number one spot on the ‘Hot 100′ list. The number one song ‘Closer’ featuring singer Halsey held the number one spot for 12 weeks. Just recently at the beginning of 2018, The Chainsmokers had a big breakthrough topping Billboard’s new ‘Dance 100 List’ as the number one dance artists of 2018. They’ve dropped singles like ‘Sick Boy’, ‘Everybody Hates Me’ and more this year.
Recently, The Chainsmokers released yet another single titled ‘Somebody’ which features musician Drew Love. Along with this hit they gave their fans an inside scoop on how this song was produced. They mostly use modular synth work and vocal samples that have been pitched up. Drew Taggart and Alex Pall posted a video on Facebook showing their fans what seems to be a fun production process put into making the song. The song actually takes a vocal snippet from another recording for a song and uses it in this one. The lyrics go “you know, just know what I like” and in the recording, as you watch you can hear the changes that are made and how it gets incorporated into the song. There are also several different sounds and tunes using the keyboard and piano to create the song. The Chainsmokers have promised a more thorough and in-depth tutorial on how the song was made in the future.
The making of the music video was also proven to be very interesting. It is a live illustration of both Drew Taggart and Alex Pall in different eras of history. The process of creating this song and the music video to go with it was extremely intriguing and creative. It is always cool to look into the processes of such wonderful artist and get a taste of what goes on behind the scenes.
Alex Pall from New York City and Andrew Taggart from Maine were two individuals who had no realization of the possibilities that lay bare before them until the making of The Chainsmokers. Their commitment to always putting on a good show for their audience is fierce, and they always take into consideration the demographics of the people who are attracted to their style and created entities. This is mainly due to the logic that it would not be special or even a worthy occasion to just set up the disc jockey equipment and hope the people will like what they hear. No, they put in the extra miles to satisfy and answer to what is booming not only in the markets but in the hearts of the people who comprise the majority of their fan base. They also wish to capture, compare, and communicate peoples experiences, what is happening in society, and in their own personal situations as well. Apart from the robotic and mindless performances other artistically gifted individuals put on, The Chainsmokers add a soul into their performances through combining the genres of indie, hip hop, electronic, and pop into what can be described as emotions that transcend the drug culture that permeates the whole indie and hip hop scene. They even co-produce music with other people within the same soundscape as them to take their music into an even more unique direction. This is why one of their songs like Closer has about two billion views on YouTube. It is because they added in an understanding to common human situations that don’t involve stereotypical quotas and expectations surrounding their chosen style of music. The very nature of their art has been hard to even identify as The Chainsmokers because they are so original and creative that when combined with the contributions of other artisans the results turn out magnificent and well balanced.