Chainsmokes 2016 Release “Closer” Nabs Diamond Certification

The Chainsmokers have a lot to celebrate this year. So far 2018 has been a mish mash of both old and new triumphs for the DJ duo out of New York. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have worked themselves hard with a slew of new singles. Despite the success of these new songs, it’s the older fare most people cannot stop talking about. Specifically, the landmark success of 2016. This was the year of their first album and their huge hit “Closer”. “Closer” which featured then up-and-comer Halsey went further than anyone ever thought. An instant hit it went on to top the charts, solidifying the Chainsmokers as legitimate artists, and making the career of Halsey as well. Two years later the song is still going, and it has traveled all the way to diamond certification.

Diamond platinum certification is reserved for singles and albums that sell over ten million copies. As each platinum plated record symbolizes a million units sold, ten million equal ten times platinum. The RIAA likes to refer to this as diamond certified and it is a feather many artists want in their cap. It is a tremendous accomplishment for all three artists and a true testament for what may be their biggest hit of all time. “Closer” is perfect mix of personal insight, catchy lyrics, tight sound, and great vocals. The song features Taggart on lead vocals, and is the seminal single that fully established the Chainsmokers in the music industry.

Pall and Taggart had been mainstream for two years when “Closer” debuted. The duo broke out with another hit single, “#Selfie” back in 2014. Despite their success, the duet had yet to pull away from the EDM world and become celebrated artists. “Closer” accomplished that, arriving during the summer and quickly taking on a life of its own. It netted many accomplishments becoming the fourth longest running No.1 in U.S. History, and the top single on the Hot 100. The song also earned the artists a Grammy nomination. Among these accolades was the most important one. Pall and Taggart were finally appreciated as artists.

https://www.thetelegraph.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/The-Chainsmokers-Launch-Production-Company-Set-13364384.php

Clayton Hutson is the Man Behind Spectacular Live Shows

Clayton Hutson is a hustler in the purest sense of the word – the man works hard, works long hours and gives 125% to everything he does. He even personally safety tests dangerous equipment. It shows, because those for whom he provides his services often request him. Who might those people be? Only Kid Rock, P!nk, Lady GaGa and the like. What does he do? Everything; that is, everything a touring artist needs: Production Design & Management, Show Production, Monitor Engineering, Logistics Management, Stage Management and Rigging.

Clay, as he prefers to go by, went to school for Theatre design and quickly gained experience working for companies that provide live entertainment solutions, corporate entertainment, Project and Stage management and even Billy Graham. Eventually he found his way to rock and roll and providing similar solutions and management services to touring musicians. He now works for himself and is in high demand by big name singers for the quality of work that he does. He double and triple checks everything that he is responsible for – yes, even the rigging.

That’s a big deal, especially when the quality of the rigging you set up is holding P!nk in the air while she does mid-show acrobatics. Nothing can ruin the reputation of a small business owner than knowing the product or service provided were not up to the customer’s standards. Clay does everything in his power to make sure the people in the audience are wowed every time. He is known for being the first person to arrive at the venue and the last person to leave. Part of the reason for his success is his organization: he ensures every task and chore, no matter how small, is acknowledged, assigned and carried out.

He has a unique, 360 degree, three steps ahead of everyone else kind of leadership style. He knows that he is the man paid to make sure everything works, and that’s what he does. He said in an interview with IdeaMensch “every piece of equipment must fit through the door, and it is my job to know the exact measurements of every door, in every arena.” It is essentially his job to make sure that the Artist’s shows look amazing, and he does his job well.

What kind of artist does he like to work with? The ones who are really involved in their shows. The kinds of artists that are looking to do more than just sing, to make their shows a spectacle. Lady GaGa and P!nk are two he mentions specifically for their show-stopping entertainment. He also mentions that Prince was an artist like that, and he really enjoyed working with him.

https://thebrotalk.com/brofidential/bro-qa-clayton-hutson-reveals-secrets-music-industry-success/

Alex Pall On How The Chainsmokers Came To Be

Nowadays, The Chainsmokers are a household name but their pervasive fame and fortune didn’t transpire overnight. So just how was the DJ and production duo able to achieve such worldwide fame so quickly? Mathias Rosenzweig recently sat down with Alex Pall to discuss the origins of their musical career, how they’ve dealt with their fame over the years and what lies ahead in their future. The two first crossed paths in the big apple when Taggart was matriculating at Syracuse University and Pall was still a fledgling DJ taking gigs in and around the city. After Pall’s manager introduced them, they began working together on a regular basis and, before they knew it, they dropped their first hit single, Selfie. A short while later, they released their next hit single, Roses, and it wasn’t long before the DJ and production duo had become a household name. The rest, as they say, is musical history.

I love chocolate. For real. | @olav

A post shared by A L E X (@alexpall) on


What makes them unique is the fact that they actually sing on their own songs but Alex has insisted it’s necessary as the music pertains to his life. He also had a great time collaborating with Halsey as he discussed what a cool, unique and individual artist she is. They also feel a sense of closeness with their demographic which used to be mostly college students but has since expanded to include people of all ages. And they don’t take any of their fame for granted.

Pall made it quite clear how grateful he is for everyone who loves and listens to their songs. Their live shows have continued to evolve alongside the ever-changing music industry. They are particularly proud of the fact that, unlike many artists, they actually sing live during their concerts. And they’re planning on sticking around for as long as possible as Pall believes that if he took a hiatus and returned to the music scene a few years later, things just wouldn’t be the same. So we wish them the best of luck on the future of their music and hope they have continued success in the future of their career.

http://www.justjared.com/2018/05/03/the-chainsmokers-alex-pall-holds-hands-with-new-girlfriend-katelyn-byrd-on-dinner-date/