Alex Pall says the decision for them to sing on their own records was an easy one. They work with songwriters but they have a hand in how the song is written because it’s about them. Some of the songs the group wrote alone, and others they are there guiding it along. No matter what, they keep the song true to their lives. They strive for a cohesiveness on the album, as opposed to placing a bunch of songs on an album that do not relate to each other at all. They have reached a point in their career where they need to show in their work who they are instead of just the three hits that are unrelated but popular. Most DJ albums already have the make up of the few hits, six other cool songs, a couple records to dance to with possibly an interlude.
Creating And Producing
Alex says working with Halsey on the Closer was incredible. She was at the top of the list of artists they wanted to work with. They find her very cool and unique. She is herself no matter what and has a very strong voice. That represents the type of person they like to work with. Closer is a song that Andrew and one their buddies wrote on the tour bus. It was an exciting step into the next direction of Andrew singing and them producing their own song. Music artists don’t typically do both. It was the perfect song to start creating their identity as a group.
Choosing Writing Topics
Andrew says they were on tour with all of these great artists and they were listening to old music. They started to flashback to when they were young teens and really feeling the words to the songs. In making the comparison they realized that it was harder at this point in their lives to make a song that was relatable and thought-provoking. That’s when they decided to just write about things that they went through. Andrew went to off to school in Syracuse with rich girls that he really crushed on because he wasn’t used to seeing that back at home. Once he got to know them and got intimate with them he was turned off so he wanted to write an unsexy song. He and Shawn Frank got together and started working on Closer.