The Chainsmokers Reveal How They Got Hasselhoff in ‘#Selfie’ Video

March 6, 2014 7:25 am
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Alex Pall and Drew Taggart from The Chainsmokers phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk about their new breakout hit, #Selfie.

The two DJs from New York City joined forces about a year ago and released the pop culture satire track “#Selfie,” which features lyrics like: “But first / Let me take a selfie” and “I only got like 10 likes in the last 5 minutes / Do you think I should take it down?”

The video, which features actual selfies from Steve Aoki, Snoop Dogg and David Hasselhoff, amongst others, has surpassed 1 million views on YouTube.
So how did the duo come up with the idea? And more importantly, get The Hoff to appear?

“Basically, we had this great concept for ‘Let me take a selfie’ and we thought it would be really funny to make a song built around that,” Alex and Drew explain. “And it just kind of came together really fast. We had these great jokes lined up and the song was done in really about two hours … The female voice is our friend Alexis. We had all the lines written out for the song and we had her come over and say them and she absolutely crushed it.”

As for getting the celebrities onboard, they add: “We wanted a video component that was very interactive with our fans, so we set up an email and said everyone that wants to be in our video for ‘#Selfie’, send your selfies in to this email address and we got like over 2,000 submissions … and then we reached out to our more famous DJ friends and certain celebrities we had a connection to.”

And for the Hoff, Alex adds, “They were like, ‘What do you want him to do in the video?’ … And so we kind of threw it out there like, ‘If he’s willing to put on the Baywatch gear, that’d be really cool.’ And then like two hours later he sent us the video.”

To see the Alex and Drew in action, click here for show dates … and download “#Selfie” on iTunes here!


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