Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of the hit EDM band the Chainsmokers just released a new single, “Sick Boy”. “Sick Boy” is their first release of 2018 and has turned some heads for the darker message it contains. According to Pall and Taggart it is new direction they are taking their music, but it is also a direction they started on back in 2016. Their hit single “Closer” was the first example of the groups desire to separate themselves from EDM DJs and attempt to find success as overall artists. “Closer” which was a combined effort between the duo and sensation Halsey, was the first time Andrew Taggart took the reigns as lead vocalist. As EDM DJ’s do not usually provide their own lead vocals, the decision was a very personal one. An attempt to better connect with their audience, something they continue to do with “Sick Boy”.
“Sick Boy” advocates the scary downside of social media. It also is the DJ duo’s chance to vent about their overall lack of privacy. The song features a lyric or two about oversaturation, which is a state Pall and Taggart currently suffer from. It also looks at the pressure of social media, the lack of personality it creates, and the conformity many find themselves surrendering too. Very serious stuff for a dance song, but the Chainsmokers are not interested in dance music. They are interested in artistry, and “Sick Boy” is another step in their formation as artists. According to Pall the duo works constantly to define who they are, and where they are going. As “Closer” redefined their music by Taggart becoming part of the human element, “Sick Boy” abandons their old sound in favor of something new. The first of many that will focus on deep issues, “Sick Boy” is taking the duo on a necessary road. They feel that they have made all the music they need to make with their current sound, and the only way is forward. It remains to be seen as to whether their listeners will make the move. So far they are right behind them.
Clayton Hutson says that he knew early on in life that he wanted to work behind the scenes in the live music industry. In order to reach this goal he went to Central Michigan University and earned a fine arts degree in technical production and theatre design. He also attended this university’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business in order to earn an MBA. Since 1999 he has worked for Getagrip Touring as a production manager. He has served in this position for a number of huge musicians such as Jennifer Nettles and Prince. He has been a stage manager for other musicians such as Kanye West.
At Ronin Event Creative Clayton Hutson has been the vice president of production since 2001 as well. He started out in the live industry working on Christian crusader Billy Graham’s national tours. He says that he was able to eventually change over to rock and roll which was a lifelong dream of his. Some of the musicians he has worked with since making that switch are Kid Rock, Guns, and Roses, and OneRepublic.
In one of Clayton Hutson’s latest interviews, he says that he started his own business in this industry after having garnered enough experience to feel comfortable doing so. He says he has worked extensively in every facet of the live entertainment industry so he knew what he was looking for when hiring a crew to work for him. He says that it was a calculated risk that paid off when his company found success signing up to work for many established musicians.
One tool that Clayton Hutson uses extensively during the day is CAD design. He says that as a stage manager he needs to know the exact dimensions of a concert venue. The reason for this is to head off problems if the doors are too small for all of the equipment, for example. He has to use his imagination, though to picture the lighting and sound of each venue.
Clayton Hutson says that people who attend musical concerts and his clients expect an exhilarating event every night of the tour. Due to this he has to stay on top of all of the technology that is always being introduced into his industry. He is getting tired of giant video screens, though, and really enjoy acts who bring something that hasn’t been seen many times over before. Learn more: https://thebrotalk.com/brofidential/bro-qa-clayton-hutson-reveals-secrets-music-industry-success/