What of the Chainsmokers?
- Written by: RunningHate
- Category: American DJ, Club DJs, Electro house musicians, Electropop, production duo, Remixers
- Published: July 5, 2018
Chainsmokers. A blockbuster name in the music industry. The duo has made a massive name for themselves since breaking into the spotlight with their 2014 single, ‘Selfie.’ Ever since they have scaled heights like:
- US Billboard Hot 100 top 10, with ‘Roses’ single.
- The single ‘Closer’ topped the US Billboard Charts
- A Grammy Award for the Best Dance Recording, achieved by single, ‘Don’t Let Me Down.’
- 2 American Music Awards
- Five iHeart Radio Music Awards
Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart linked up in 2012 under Adam Alpert who is their manager. Pall takes up the DJ-ing role in the group while Taggart is the writer, producer and also taking up vocalist roles.
Before Pall and Taggart, Chainsmokers was initially Pall and DJ Rhett Bixler. When Taggart and Pall linked up thanks to Alpert, they kicked off their career by making remixes of Indies bands, which its incorporation is part of their musical style, before their first collaboration with Priyanka Chopra, an Indian actress, and artist.
Their musical style as described by Taggart is a cohesion of different genres including dance music, pop music, indie, and hip-hop.
With a promise of a more in-depth tutorial, the Duo released a sneak peek of how another of their hits, ‘Somebody’ came to be. Not only did they use modular synth, piano, and Ableton but also incorporated samples of vocals that were pitched-up.
The interesting facts about the vocals are that when their creation happened, they were intended for the composure of another different song. The point is the explanation for the change of pitch in the song.
The video posted on Facebook, shows a little making of the tunes before Pall, plays it entirely on his MacBook, where the video takes a cut and leaves the audience yearning for more.
To get to where they are, they have had motivations and role models and people who influenced them. Pharrell Williams, DeadMau5 and Linkin Park take up the influential roles musically on the duo.
Taking Back Sunday, Taylor Swift, The XX, Blink-182, and Explosions in the Sky are acts that have played influential roles in the songs that the Chainsmokers have written and produced.