Ever since The Chainsmokers released #SELFIE back in 2013, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart have been unstoppable. Their 2015 single “Roses” with the vocalist Rozes reached the number 6 spot on the US charts and “Don't Let Me Down” reached the #3 spot.
The Chainsmokers recently revealed just how they created their song “Don't Let Me Down” featuring Daya. Andrew Taggart said “I actually made the drop of the song first, while we were on a flight. I just grabbed a little segment of one of the sounds in a friend’s sample pack and stretched it and reversed it, put it in a different key.”
Later that night, the guys used their Fender electric guitar and made a big, echoey guitar sound using their software plugin Guitar Rig. It was a really interesting combination of this kind of indie, lonely opening that drops you on your head with this trap breakdown, combining two opposing genres.
When Andrew and Alex decided to choose the vocals on the track, they knew that Daya's song “Hide Away” was starting to blow up. “When I heard that, I knew that she had the range. Her voice was pretty unique and didn’t sound like other people on the radio. We met at one of our shows in Pittsburgh. She was 17, but super mature.”
The Chainsmokers went on to say “The easiest part of making a record is the first 90 percent of the song. The last 10 percent is when you sit there and you mix it and you add percussive fills and effects and make sure every piece enters and leaves perfectly. It takes forever. We actually changed the key, because it fit Daya’s range better if it was a step higher. And the third drop has this sax part that I wrote late in the process. I typically try to do three drops in a song. That one’s pretty epic.”
Listen to The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – Don't Let Me Down below:
Source: NY Times