While currently paying more attention to expand live show operations, keeping up the professional Social Media posts, and evolving their style into more “creative” songs, The Chainsmokers have been basking in the glory of their carefully curated labor and connections with outstanding female artists that pack a punch.
It all started once upon a time when Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall were chilling and Andrew just hit the gym while taking in the whole “Young and Free” playlist on Spotify. Andrew ended up completely let down by the list because none of the songs really stood out and were just kind of playing it safe, so this gave him pause to think about they could take advantage of this lag in the market.
In an effort to this end, Andrew and Alex Pall eventually, like most artists, drew from the inspiration of life experiences that they had accumulated. Andrew himself hails from a very small city on the outskirts of Maine: always trying to keep up with the rich girls.
Eventually, the result was the hit smash single “Closer”, which as everyone knows is about getting back together with an ex and the intricacies of such a delicate point in a relationship.
For as we have come to learn, both Alex Pall and Andrew were EDM DJ’s were electronica heads well before the scene came to be so popular. Alex was merely DJing to make some money on the side, but when he partnered up with Andrew then things started to manifest on a grandiose scale.
Alex and Andrew became such good friends that they actually achieved a level of popularity that allowed them to collaborate with seriously talented female artists like Halsey, ROZEZ, and Daya. It’s hits like “Closer”, “Don’t Let Me Down” (1.1 Billion YouTube views and counting), “Roses”, and “#Selfie” which not only show the vast range of talent and BPM’s that this pair can produce very well, but also the longevity that they so clearly own too.
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.