Interview – The Chainsmokers

We are excited to have been able to ask The Chainsmokers a few questions. You can expect much more to come as they intend to release a new single each month for the foreseeable future. Make sure you check out their newest song (Roses) that we posted earlier this week. Check out the interview below!

Do either of you Chain Smoke?  Has ‘The Chainsmokers’ been your name throughout your time together making music?  

No we dont smoke ciggarettes but we will have the occasional joint. And yes Chainsmokers since day 1!          

What software do you use for your music production or is it a mix of a few?  

We produce out of ableton but use all sorts of different VSTs              

What are your favourite plug ins at the moment or do you mainly use more analog sounds now that you have your MOOG?                                  

We do have a MOOG and its unbelievable! We will never use anything else for our basslines. As for other plugins we would be lying if we said NExxus wasnt one of our aces, but also guitar amp is great…

What is your process in making a song? 

We have been getting that question a lot lately and there isnt one answer. Ideally we have a vocal first but thats not always the case… So we would say you cannot force creativity, you might have an idea for a melody or a hook or a sound in mind and those are the moments you need to record and go! but it doesnt always start from the same place…

What are your favourite songs (most satisfying sounds) within the last fortnight?

Lucian x Remmi –  Bobbi K 

Jai Wolf indian – Summer

The Weekend – I cant feel my face

Who are your favourite artists at the moment? I saw in a recent interview you are big fans of Filious and Oh Wonder like us.

Yes we definitely are… The Weeknd is great, Halsey, slander, just to name a few…

Where do you find inspiration?  

Everywhere! As we mentioned… creatiivty is fleeting, you cant and shouldnt force it… we dont mean be lazy, you want to foster it but you cant force yourself to make art and expect to love it… so we just do stuff we enjoy, mix it up, always jump between genres and interests and you will always be inspired…       

What are the key things you make sure are perfect before a release of a song? I am a big fan of all of your artwork for your songs

Well the artwork as you mentioned, and thank you! You want to have a concise story about the song, not fake just an idea of what this song means to you, hopefully someone willing to premiere it and thats really it…

What advice would you give a young producers/ what did you learn the most getting to where you are now? 

We werent formally trained musicians or producers… we played various instruments growing up but we didnt go to production school… that doesnt mean you shouldnt either, but you can learn from everywhere, youtube is an excellent source of learning and really played a huge role in our development as producers.

Keep up to date with the blog, we have some exciting interviews to come!



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