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The Chainsmokers Reveal How a Hit is Made

Ever wonder what makes a hit song a hit song? Grammy winners The Chainsmokers attempt to explain it by talking about what went into crafting their summertime hit, “Somebody” in a video released by the recording duo published on Facebook. At first glance, it seems a lot of vocal samples and synth work is what it takes, but that is likely just unique to the DJ/production duo that managed to dominate airwaves last year with single after single.


Interestingly enough, the Chainsmokers, Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, explain that originally eh vocal was recorded to be used for another song. This is why they had to change the pitch and alter it to become part of their new summer hit.


The video shows the pair working hard on a piano and a synthesizer machine in an attempt to match up the perfect sounds to create a catchy tune. It also shows Pall playing with the vocals and layering on different components to create a full song that features synthesizers, vocals, and full-bodied piano beats.


If anyone knows how to masterfully create a song, it is the Chainsmokers. The EDM pop music duo managed to break onto the international music scene in 2014 with their single “#selfie” and then just a year later released Bouquet which soared to the top of the US charts and features well known singles like “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” The singles cemented their popularity on the music scene and won them a Grammy, five iHeartRadio Music Awards, and two American Music Awards.


They continued to steamroll the charts with the release of their next album in 2017 which featured number one hits “Paris” and a collaborative song with Coldplay titled

Something Like This.” These massive hits helped the Chainsmokers land a spot on the Forbes’ World’s Highest Paid DJs list for the year.

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