Chainsmokers Blend Electronic and Mainstream Music to Climb the Charts

In 2012 the Chainsmokers, an American DJ and production group of two, came into existence when Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart joined forces. Adam Alpert manages them and introduced the pair when an original member working with Pall left. Though the Electronic Dance Music duo started by creating remixes of indie songs they soon started writing their own music and collaborating with other musicians. Only two years after they got their start their song #Selfie made it to top 20 playlists throughout several countries. Since their breakthrough hit in 2014 the group has continued to enjoy popularity with several more songs including Closer which was their first single to hit the top of the charts.


The Chainsmokers didn’t perform live until 2014 when they opened for Timeflies but have perfected their live performance touring worldwide. Most recently, the Chainsmokers have enjoyed a long running streak at the top of the charts with their album “Memories…Do Not Open.” This album was released a year ago and reaching record lengths at the top for Dance/Electronic music. So far “Memories…Do Not Open” is matching Gorilla’s “Demon Days” for the third most consecutive weeks at the top of the list for an album in the Dance and Electronic genres.


Even with intense competition from up and coming and established musicians in the same EDM genre like Kygo, Calvin Harris, and Avicii this duo keeps releasing successful hits and making it back up the charts again. Their versatile music has earned them top spots in Top 40 as well as Dance/Electronic lists. Their music has been described as an eclectic mixture of pop music, indie, hip-hop and dance. While both musicians in the duo have DJ experience Pall is the main DJ in the group. Taggart is the writer, vocalist and producer. Their unique material has been successful and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere soon.

Clay Hutson’s Perfect Production Solution

Clay Hutson is a production manager and a sound engineer. His other services include production design, rigging, logistics management, stage management, and show production. He also manages both the music and events themselves. In 2017, he was involved in the rigging of eight of Kinsey Elevation +1 systems during the OneRepublic Honda Civic Tour in 2017. The idea was to be able to move the trusses at 70,000 pounds of lighting, audio and LED panels and to improve timecode cues for everyone’s safety.


Hutson has also been a longtime user of DiGiCo consoles and got very excited when they released their first SD11 in 2011. He made sure to get his hands on one for the tour with Staind Frontman and Founder, Aaron Lewis. Staind had just released their album, Town Line and had numerous sold-out gigs in casinos, arenas, festivals, honky-tonks and churches. Hutson has monitored about every last model of DiGiCo over the years including the D5 at a Marilyn Manson concert in 2001, the SD7 at a Maxwell tour in 2010 and the SD8 on numerous one-time gigs. He stated that since Manson’s often quite volatile, using the new console was a risk but it turned out very well and he’s been a fan of DiGiCo ever since.


With the SD11, Hutson wanted to carry it all on his own, however, budget constraints limited those options. Also, due to the varying modes of travel, he needed something that could easily be carried on both tour buses and planes. The SD11 being only 19 inches did the trick. Hutson stated that control and consistency is often very hard because various regional sound companies have various models of consoles. He said that the SD11 was perfect for working to reconfigure channels, the various input and output sets. He also stated that working with casinos can be particularly difficult because they have to cater to the current theme of the house. That DiGiCo is also perfect for tailoring to that without any compromises.


Show business is a very competitive business and that doesn’t apply to just the frontman’s performance. It also applies to the theatrics around the central person such as the lighting being at the perfect level and the sound being at the perfect volume. People also really dislike fuzzy images on their television, computer, or smartphone screens. Hutson says that, as a result, it’s just as important for those who work backstage to have the right tools and knowledge to do what they do as perfectly as they can.  Learn more: