Genius sparks creativity
It was Aristotle who said, “There is no great genius without some touch of madness.” And I believe that is what we often think when hearing melody, harmony, lyrics and a mass of sound come together in a song. On the other hand, Aristotle was very keen on the idea that passion was also very necessary for the creative genius.
Invited into creative space
Chainsmoker fans can be happy that Drew Taggart and Adam Pall have taken the time in their studio to film a clip of that creativity at work or what is between the lines, between the tweets, that happen invisibly in their studio daily. Just a few days after their new single, “Somebody” was released thru their Disruptor Label and uploaded on YouTube and Facebook on April 20th. On April 24th a 1-minute instructional video was uploaded, which was a guide into the creative process that takes place in the Chainsmoker studio.
The 1-minute video shows both Taggart and Pall in the studio. The first half of the video moves between Taggart playing melodies on the synth and Taggart playing chords on the upright. Finally, Taggart is sitting at his Ableton Live® DAW with phone in hand. Taggart turns to Pall and plays a melody, which he identifies as the original melody of the Chorus opening for “Somebody.” Taggart clarifies to Taggart this was the original melody, though lower than the one they have in the finished song, then Taggart plays the beginning of the Chorus of the finished song on his DAW.
Drew Taggart and Adam Pall began as The Chainsmokers in 2012. There first breakout song was “Selfie.” (2014) Following “Selfie” they had a number #1 hit with “Closer,” which stayed on the top tier for Billboard. “Don’t Let Me Down,” and other followed. The EDM-Pop Duo has written and produced their own songs and have been the recipients of many industry awards. Drew Taggart was just awarded by ASCAP, the co-songwriter of the year (2017) with three other artists. Twitter followers: 3.5M; Facebook Likes: 17M.
Others In Their Genre
The Chainsmokers EDM duo consist of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. They are well known for hits like “Closer”, “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”. Typically the band has focused their music around the likings of a DJ however in the more recent hits put out by the band, they are focused more around the singing side with Andrew at the leading edge of things.
Andrew and Alex Pall grew up at a point in their lives when EDM music was popular. They learned to spin and create hits that everyone was listening to. With popular DJ’s at the forefront, it was no wonder that they were able to colloborate with a number of artists who helped them achieve even higher success than they were already at.
Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart met each other through their manager now and sat down with one another. They discussed what each of them was capable of and what each of them would bring to the band to make it what it is today. Because they knew that they complimented each other, they were able to hit it off right off the bat.
— Alex Pall (@AlexPallNY) May 11, 2018
For the band, they know that being in the electronic music field is a competitive genre of music however when you know how to do it properly and you have well established artists backing you up, it becomes easier to keep in front of the others. Every genre is hard to stay on top of however for The Chainsmokers, they have managed to get to the top and stay there.
The other thing that helps the band stay where they are is, the duo sharing their lives with their fans through their music. In an electronic music genre, it is really uncommon for the bands to actually sing on their own music and then to top things off, to sing about the things which are really happening to the band. That is why they are on top of the world. It is because making decisions like these, they help to keep them where they are today. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart knew that and used that knowledge to get them to the top.
Since he started working as a musical engineer, Clayton Hutson knew there were things he had to do to make everything better. He also knew things would get better as long as he worked hard to keep giving people the most positive experiences. Even though Clayton Hutson knew what it was like to keep helping people, he felt good about the things that were going on in the musical industry. He always wanted others to have a chance to see that things would change if they had a sound engineer to help them with the music they performed. His goals were all about helping people and giving them a chance to try something different with their music. If they had a chance to make sure things were working out, Clayton Hutson could help them get a better experience. He could also show artists they had a chance at better performances because of the way he worked so hard on different things.
Despite running into problems, Clayton Hutson knew he had to keep working hard to make things better. He also knew things would only get better if he pushed forward to become better at music engineering. It made sense for him to do things the right way and made it easier on him when he was showing people what they could get from different situations. Even though Clayton Hutson knew there were positive experiences, he felt confident he could keep giving other people the chance to do things the right way.
As long as Clayton Hutson knew how to help and knew there were things he could do to help, he felt good about the experiences he had. When he started working with Kid Rock, he showed him the right way to engineer his music. At each of the shows he helped with, Clayton Hutson showed Kid Rock there were positive options he could use to make the show better. People saw it as the best shows Clayton Hutson ever did and that made sense for him. It also made it easier for him to continue helping other people with the shows they saw. Learn more: http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/clay-hutson/3218396
Clayton Hutson is a live sound engineer and production manager. After taking college courses as a theater design student, he worked his way up as an audio engineer and project manager throughout the live music industry. Hutson’s firm mainly works in rock music where his company manages, designs, and and produces concerts. Services offered are: production design/management, show producer, monitor engineer, rigging, and logistics/stage management. Huston and his company have worked with big-name artists including Kid Rock and Pink.
Clayton Hutson interviewed in a Q&A corner with BroTalk, sharing his background, motivations, and advice. Clayton first shares that the success behind starting his own business comes from past skills developed in previous positions. Once the recession took a hit on his employer, Hutson saw an opportunity to begin his own venture. Hutson appeals to his clients by being detail-oriented, hard-working, professional, and attentive. Through providing a great experience to his current clients, he opens the door for potential clients through referrals of happy clients. The habits that help Hutson and his company succeed is being organized and triple-checking his work. Realizing that every detail has larger downstream impacts, Hutson prevents larger issues by breaking down and reviewing every detail. Hutson writes down every task to remain organized and help him envision the bigger picture. Learn more: https://medium.com/@claytonhutson49
Hutson continues to share his method behind visual concepts, set design, and audio by ensuring the dimensions appropriately fit the venue for each show. The trend that keeps Huston excited within the music industry is how modern technology continually enhances and provides new opportunities and features for shows. While keeping safety his priority, Hutson explains how modern technology and equipment are becoming progressively lighter, mobile, and brighter. Hutson shares the advice that he’d give his younger self is to prioritize family above anything else. He would also advise to remain honest in all evaluations of situations.
As a manager, Hutson believes that a person’s abilities and talent are more important than attitude. The reasoning behind this contradictory notion is that you cannot fully train an untalented but likable worker. To view the full article with BroTalk in which Hutson continues to share his experience, advice, and recommendations, click here.