If you’re anything like us, you’ve had The Chainsmokers’ newest single, “Closer” ft. Halsey, on repeat. We asked the DJ duo what inspired the song (they want you to know it’s NOT a love song), and how they went about writing and production. Check out what they had to say below the video.
“So basically as two middle class average white guys we have struggled a lot with creating music from the song writing perspective that is relatable, authentic, and interesting. We always thought what the hell are we going to talk about that anyone finds remotely interesting. Then we thought about a lot of the bands and artists that inspired us, the Blink 182’s, Dashboard Confessionals, etc., and it was actually a long drunk night in the back of our tour bus, we were jamming out to all this old music we used to love as teenagers, and we got really inspired. The next day Drew had the idea of writing a song about fucking your ex and then immediately regretting it, as you remember all the reasons why you broke up in the first place. We wanted to write it though like a Blink 182 song or Sublime, using all these millennial references and keeping it fun. It’s not meant to be a love song, or a break up song for that matter. Anyway, we finished a majority of the song in two days and because the song was written and produced by us and felt really personal, we thought it would be a great time to sing on our first song. Luckily our buddy Shaun Frank who helped write the song with us was excellent at vocal processing and he helped cut Drew’s vocal. We debuted the song for the first time at Coachella and basically for 3 months every day people were demanding it out which was really exciting.”