The DJ/Production duo The Chainsmokers were pleased to show people how they made their latest hit song, “Somebody”. This song involved quite a bit of pitched-up vocal samples combined with a modular synth. They posted a video of themselves in their studio working on this song on their official Facebook account. Both Alex Pall and Drew Taggart said that they would introduce a more comprehensive tutorial about how they go about their work in the near future but they wanted to give people some idea of how they go about making songs in the meantime.
One thing they revealed during the video was that “Somebody” featured vocals that had originally been performed for another song entirely. This resulted in the pitch change in the song that some listeners had been wondering about. In the video they show how they used a piano to create this song as well as synths and Ableton which is both a digital audio workstation as well as a software music sequencer.
When The Chainsmokers formed in 2012 it was made up of Alex Paul, who handles production, and Rhett Bixler who is a DJ. Before long Bixler was out of the picture and Drew Taggart was the new DJ. Pall and Taggart were introduced by their mutual manager, Adam Alpert. The became an electronic dance music DJ duo started finding wide success in December 2013. Their first song was “#Selfie” which was originally a free release. This song was picked up by Dim Mak Records who re-released this song a month later and it started playing on radio stations across the nation. Alex Pall has commented that this song changed both of their lives and marked the start of their broad appeal and success.
The Chainsmokers are now signed with Disruptor Records which is a joint venture label formed by their manager and Sony Music Entertainment in a joint venture. They have now released three EPs, with a fourth on the way, and numerous singles. They have collaborated with many other musicians such as they did with Coldplay on the hit song, “Something Like This”.