Music duo The Chainsmokers are going strong. Ever since exploding on the mainstream music scene with their hit song “Closer” two years ago, musicians and producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have created one of the summer’s strongest anthems with their smash record “Side Effects,” a song that simultaneously captures the zeitgeist of their generation while exploring timeless themes dealing with loneliness and relationships. Recently, the duo played an enormously successful show at the Hollywood Palladium that generated a terrific buzz in the industry.
The two spoke recently about how the Internet has shaped their millennial peer group, noting that younger people have come to define themselves through social media and that their romantic relationships often start and end online. Pall and Taggart, who met in New York but are now based in Los Angeles, frequently write about how relationships work in the Internet age, and “Side Effects” is no different. The lyrics of the catchy, disco-inflected tune, sung by their friend Emily Warren, have a story line where the protagonist finds herself drunk and alone late at night and struggles with the temptation to call an ex.
The two Chainsmokers also discussed how they have evolved from being DJ’s simply playing and mixing other people’s music to musicians in their own right; they feel that this was something they had to do in order to remain relevant and to grow as artists. These days, sometimes they play live with a backing band and sometimes they just play records they way they did in the early days. It all depends on where they’re performing and how they feel that evening.
It’s great to see The Chainsmokers doing so well. They are one of the most important and popular acts on the music scene today, and they are pioneering a new sound that mixes the best of the old and the new.
Alex Pall was recently interviewed after releasing the song “Closer” which features Halsey. Pall spoke about working with Halsey, calling her incredible. Halsey was number one on their list of artists that The Chainsmokers desperately wanted to work with, so finally being able to do so was awesome for them. She was so high on the list because of who she is. She’s unique and has a very strong voice, but beyond that Pall calls her “un-apologetically her” which is just the kind of artist that The Chainsmokers like to work with.
Closer was their first song that featured one of the duo singing on their own tracks instead of just featuring other artists. This was a big step in the right direction for The Chainsmokers, and also a huge step in finding their own identity as music artists. The song was completely written by Andrew Taggart and one of their friends while they were touring as well.
Since forming, their audience has expanded quite a bit, making their identity even harder to pin down. They originally were just a DJ duo for college kids, but now their audience has people over 30 and under 15 in it, which means on their tours, they now have to actually think about their shows. Pall doesn’t want to just put on a set list and blast it for the audience like they used to do, he wants to actually perform these awesome songs for the people.
With that in mind, the duo have been changing the way their live shows work. There has always been some performance element to their shows, but now that Taggart is singing on their tracks, it is going to be different. They’re currently putting on a festival type show, with a lot of production, short acts, and their DJing. Their first show at Red Rocks sold out 7 months in advance, proving that they are definitely moving in the right direction with their showmanship. Unlike other DJs now a days, The Chainsmokers have always performed their songs live, the singing just adds a new element to that.
Clay Hutson is a production manager, production designer, and live sound engineer. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 1994 after studying technical theatre. Hutson liked music while still a child and his passion for music pushed him to know more about music production and ultimately music became his life career. As an engineer, he was employed to manage sound system during tours and shows. He later made a name for himself and became a monitoring engineer for huge events.
In 2005, Clayton Hutson was credited with aiding the release Bleed Like Me album by Garbage. He worked as the monitoring engineer and ensured that the team behind him worked hard. Hutson is known for his contribution on some of the major concert tours such as On Eagles Wings (2005), where he worked as the sound engineer. PINK: I’m Not Dead- live from Wembley Arena (2007) and Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Democracy 3D Live at Hard Rock Las Vegas in 2014 where he worked as the production manager.
Huston has been driving high profile sound systems such as DiGiCo on the market by trying them while on tours or gigs. In 2016 on Maxwell tour he tried the SD& and SD8’s console which he reported that it worked fantastically. As a production manager, Hutson is always focused on bringing in the systems that are flexible to move around and managed efficiently. He was always adamant to be in control of all the production task. Thus he chose to carry his console. Learn more: https://angel.co/clayton-hutson
In August 2017 Hutson was involved in the OneRepublic 2017 Honda Civic Tour as the automation operator. During the tour, the production team faced some challenges, but Hutson provided some potential solution involving LED wall and acoustic sets. They later used Kinesys system to automate the lighting system which worked quite well.
Cray Hutson is now a renowned production engineer who has worked alongside prominent artists such as Eminem, Rihana, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, The Jonas Brothers, Lady Gaga, The Killers and Foo Fighters. Through hard work, Hutson has achieved a lot in his life as a system engineer and also a producer.