The Chainsmokers–aka the DJ/producer duo consisting of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall–are the kings of the EDM-pop music scene. Their chart-topping hit, "Closer," featuring Halsey, basically ruled the airwaves last summer, and they recently topped the Billboard Artist 100 (knocking poor Ed Sheeran into second place). Despite all of these accolades, however, the group is generally reviled among music critics for being basic, Esquire famously calling them "The Nickelback of EDM."
"From The Chainsmokers' unabashed borrowing from Calvin Harris, Kygo, Deadmau5, and Avicii to its college frat-bro baiting hooks, the duo sounds like it was written by and for the programmers of a Pandora EDM channel," Esquire columnist Matt Miller wrote.
Now, I don't really care if they're basic because I still love listening to "Closer" over and over again while sunbathing since it puts me into a delightful trance while reminding me of all of my old baes. But, in this context, it's pretty fascinating to watch this viral video by 19-year-old John Fassold, an Arizona State University student majoring in the digital culture of music.
In a Snapchat video that has since gone viral, he basically breaks down how every Chainsmokers song is written by showing the same three chords that they use in each song. The next step, he says, is to " find lyrics that talk about how hard it is being white and in love." It really helps to use random objects for inspiration. Anything will do. "Your house smelled like febreze, you always said to me"and "Your hair reminded me of Tide detergent when we were young," were some of Fassold's brilliant lyrics LOL. It's a bit harsh, but at the same time, the "Closer" line "Tell your friends it was nice to meet them, but I hope I never see them again," doesn't make any sense either.
To demonstrate how easy it is to write one of their hits, he actually writes a song called "Champagne," and I have to admit it really does sound like a Chainsmokers song
So, if you want to easily makes millions of dollars and become a music star, here you go!
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