Fresh off of attending the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in January of 2018, The Chainsmokers have released a tutorial on their Facebook demonstrating how their latest hit song came together. Their song, “Somebody,” relies upon the combination of sounds that have made The Chainsmokers stand out from other DJ groups: the unique blend of modular synth work with pitched-up vocals.
In the clip posted to their Facebook, The Chainsmokers relax in their studio and give a key insight into how the song was made. They reveal, for instance, that part of the vocals for “Somebody” were originally composed and recorded for a different song. When the decision was made to add the vocals to “Somebody” instead, this resulted in a need for a pitch change, giving the song the recognizable distinction that fans have come to love.
With their unique sounds and genre-defying music, The Chainsmokers have been one of the most successful American DJ and production duos to emerge in the 21st century. First breaking onto the scene in 2014 with their song “#Selfie,” the band has gone on to release three extended plays and one full-length studio album. The Chainsmokers is composed of Alex Pall, who operates as the DJ, and Andrew Taggart, who operates as the band’s producer and vocalist. As a group, The Chainmakers have been noted for their ability to transcend the boundaries that exist between hip-hop, dance music, indie and pop. Their diverse range likely comes from the diverse group of influences cited by the band, which range from Taylor Swift to Blink-182.
In 2018, The Chainsmokers topped The Billboard Dance 100 Top Artists chart. Billboard praised the group’s crossover savvy and ability to put on fully bombastic arena shows that appealed to more than one type of listener. The group has garnered more than 2 million concert ticket sales and over 10 billion online streaming downloads. Beginning in 2017, The Chainsmokers began a three-year long residency in Las Vegas at the Wynn Nightlife.