The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo, made up by Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The Chainsmokers first formed in 2012, and they haven’t stopped making music since then. They made their breakthrough into the music world in 2014 with their hit single #Selfie. In 2015, they released their debut EP Bouquet, featuring the single Roses. Since then they have achieved several hit song. Don’t Let Me Down was their first top 5 single, and their first song to win a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. Closer was their first number one single.
Beyond their first Grammy Award, The Chainsmokers have also won several other awards for their music. They have won two American Music Awards and five iHeart Radio Awards. Their second EP Collage was released in November 2016, and their very first debut album, Memories… Do Not Open, came out in April of 2017.
Recently they were asked what the anatomy of a hit song truly was. With so many under their belts, they must be experts on the idea. According to their latest hit, Somebody, a lot of modular synth, and vocals pitched up a bit are what goes into the songs that make our worlds turn.
To answer the questions of how they create their music, The Chainsmokers decided to release a short video of their inside of their studio. This video details how they made Somebody. A lot of it has to do with messing around on a keyboard until they find something that sounds right, but it also involves a normal piano too. They even use their phones to record vocals, and then upload them onto their laptop to edit.
On their laptops they combine all their recorded pieces to edit into the song. They use this program to pitch up vocals, synthesize music, and mix the tracks into what we hear today. Despite how easy Somebody sounds to listen to, a lot of work went into creating the song. Since releasing this short clip, The Chainsmokers have already promised a more intense and longer tutorial on their music making process.