Towards the end of the summer of 2016, the Chainsmokers, whom had already had a large amount of success in the previous year from songs such as “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Roses”, and “Selfie”; released their new song. This song: “Closer”, took some fans off guard as it featured something new and different, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart changed their style a bit, Taggard did vocals alongside featured artist, Halsey. This may have been the first song featuring this new style, but it can actually be reflective of the Chainsmokers’ idea from the beginning.
In an interview with Taggart, and Alex Pall, the duo discuss how since they met in New York several years ago; they have always wanted to do something different. The two were introduced back when they were finishing up the university, and Alex Pall describes their chemistry as perfect for making great music. The two began by DJing, with Taggart taking the main job, while Pall remained the key disc jockey. In EDM music, it is common for producers to get other artists to be featured as vocalists, the Chainsmokers did this, but were always involved in the writing of the lyrics. According to Pall, they wanted to make songs that involved what was going on in their life, and not just the person singing. From here, they began working on songs such as “Roses”; in which Taggart sang backup vocals, and helped write the song with ROZES.
This desire to make their voices heard, and not be hidden behind the instrumentals, is what Pall describes as their road to producing and making “Closer”. It was on this song that Taggart finally takes the front stage singing. As the Chainsmokers continue to make music, and sing and produce the songs, they could doctor a sound that is not only unique in the EDM industry, but it could also take them to places that many artists dream of.
Clay Hutson’s production management company came about through years of dedication, hard work, and persistence.
An interest in music production was spawned early on in Clay Hutson’s life. Following that interest after high school, Hutson studied creative design in college.
After college, Clay Hutson worked in the field of live entertainment. Honing his talents and skills, and learning all the aspects of his trade hands on, the moment presented itself when Hutson would have to test his skills as an entrepreneur.
Early on Hutson knew that the fundamentals of hard work, being conscientious and attuned to his clients’ needs and safety, and impeccability through the practice of work, rehearse and rehearse again would be the foundational basis for his company. After all, this was something he was putting his name on, which meant this would be something that his reputation would be staked on. A reputation for coming through always produces more business and clients.
To reach his goals of precision and perfection within his industry, Hutson is always organized going into a work site. By the time he completes a major concert or awards show, Clay Hutson knows from the most integral details to the minor finishing points what has to happen where and when throughout the whole event of the show. Knowing all this affords Hutson to delegate work orders and tasks to his personnel, making sure that everyone knows what to do when to do it and where to do it. No stone gets left unturned.
Hutson believes so strongly in his work ethic and his company’s reputability and his desire for the guarantee of safety for his clients that he will check the reliability of props by swinging on equipment such as aerial ribbons himself prior to live performances. Learn more: http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/clay-hutson/3218396
Hutson knows that the entertainment industry is a cutting-edge field and that success depends on staying ahead of the game to avoid becoming obsolete. Hard work is integral to success for people in this endeavor and Clay Hutson likes to be known as the hardest working guy in the room. According to Clay Hutson, the key to success is to be brutally honest with oneself and others and to put family first.