The Chainsmokers came into the music industry with their hit song #selfie in 2014. Since then they have continued to rise through the ranks of the music industry. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart created this production and DJ duo in 2012. At the AMAs in 2016 they won Collaboration of the Year and in 2017 they won Favourite Electronic/Dance Music Artist. They have also won awards ranging from Most Performed Song to Top Hot 100 Song over the few years they have been around.
Recently they brought us into their studio to show us what really goes into the process of making a hit song with their latest song “Somebody”. This song is a mix of modular synth work and vocals moved up a pitch.
Their process includes messing around on a keyboard as well as a normal piano. A lot of their music is created through a laptop as well. They use a program to mess with pitches of vocals and mix all of their keyboard and piano work together with their vocals.
Since posting this short one minute clip of their studio work, they have promised to show us a more in depth tutorial of how they created the song “Somebody”. Even just the little taste they have given us, makes for an interesting show though. It’s not every day you see a song produced by only two people a keyboard and a laptop. But then again, Taggart has described their music as “blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip hop” so you really don’t know what to expect when it comes to their studio.
They clearly know what the anatomy of a hit song is though. They have been nominated for over 54 awards and won 27. Their songs hit the top 100 charts in many different countries including the US, Canada, and the UK over and over again. You can’t go anywhere without hearing The Chainsmoker song on the Radio, and once you hear it, it’s almost impossible to get it out of your head with how catchy their beats are.
Subsequent to the release of their new single “Closer“, Mathias Rosenzweig decided to sit down with the duo that forms the Chainsmokers. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the two DJ’s behind the sound of the Chainsmokers, wanted to discuss their new single and the identity that they are attempting to build for themselves. This establishing identity is very different to many of the identities that currently exist in the EDM scene due to the fact that the group would like to be more intimate and open with their fans; such intimacy commonly does not exist among EDM artists and their fans. Mathis, Alex, and Andrew discussed how the group will continue to grow and change as their audience follows suit.
Alex Pall, the voice from the Chainsmokers that is not heard on “Closer”, began working with Andrew Taggart after doing DJ work in New York City with the duo’s current manager. Though DJing was originally just a hobby for Alex, once Andrew moved from Maine, he decided to quit his job and pursue his hobby full-time.
Though the Chainsmokers originally started with Alex and another member, the second member of the duo was later replaced by Andrew. The two instantly clicked and developed an ear for music and a work ethic that was nearly unrivaled. The two worked together almost all day, every day, on their music. Over the years, the two aimed to distinguish themselves from other artists and developed music that was a fusion between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip-hop.
Though the two, like other artists in the industry, have songwriters work with them, they pride themselves on writing their own music at times. What differs in their work with songwriters is that they help guide the songwriters as the song is being written, giving them input about the song and what they would like to talk about. The songs that both Alex and Andrew want to release is aimed at representing their own lives and reflecting the world around them. The two strive to meet the goal despite their label’s push for them to just release albums.