Everyone leaves a Chainsmokers show absolutely exhausted. The American DJ duo absolutely leaves it all out on the stage during their live performances. Blending live instrumentation, live vocals, computer sounds and turntables, the Chainsmokers blast beats to an insatiable audience. The two have a knack for getting people to dance making their live performances a joyous, fun and even sweaty occasion.
So it’s no wonder that the EDM duo has throngs of committed fans. And the band always seems to deliver. Take their latest hit “Somebody,” for instance. The song is a wall of sound with a catchy beat, computerized vocals and modular synth. The dance team has recently filmed a short film showing the making of the hit behind closed doors.
Drew Taggart sits at a piano and plays a ringing melody before backing it up with a deeper baseline played on a keyboard. He then sits in front of a computer modulating prerecorded vocals that were intended for a different song. He turns to the camera to explain that the vocals have to be turned up two notches in pitch to match the music of “Somebody.” It’s absolutely captivating to see such a talented artist manipulate prerecorded vocals to make it sound so catchy.
You can also see him play with the tail ends of notes. Using a computer, Drew lifts and distorts the pitch at the end of a catchy keyboard riff. And you can see him dancing out the new melody as he manipulates it in real time.
Seeing all this makes it easy to understand the DJ duo’s new worldwide recognition. They burst onto the scene with their debut single “#Selfie” back in 2014. The song was a playful summer hit that made fun of those who loved to take pictures of themselves. Ironically, it may have inspired thousands to take selfies.
That song topped charts in multiple countries around the world. And now the EDM team has been named to the Billboard New Dance 100 List. They’ve also just crushed a live performance at Ultra Miami 2018 and their second single has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify.