Anatomy of a Hit: Marshmello & Bastille Break Down How 'Happier' Became Their Biggest Hit


When “Happier” reached its present peak of No. three on the Billboard Hot 100, DJ-producer Marshmello and British band Bastille each hit new profession highs: The former made his prime 5 debut, whereas the latter made its first return to the Hot 100 since 2013 breakthrough single “Pompeii” (No. 5). Since its Aug. 17 launch, the dance-rock observe has been propelled by a sturdy mixture of streaming (No. 2 on Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs), gross sales (No. four on Digital Song Sales) and radio airplay (No. 5 on Radio Songs). But for Marshmello’s supervisor, Moe Shalizi, the tune’s relatability is the most important issue behind its speedy rise: “It simply hits you within the feels instantly.”

The Manager: MOE SHALIZI

"My colleague James Sandom, who manages Bastille, despatched an electronic mail asking if I [would] take a take heed to a demo he had from Dan [Smith, frontman of Bastille]. I couldn’t get it out of my head. I instantly despatched it to Marshmello, who felt the very same means. He beloved it a lot that he completed a brand new model of the tune in three days.”


“Mello and Moe gave me a raise from Ultra Music Festival to Story nightclub in March. After berating them about how we hadn’t labored on one thing collectively, Moe took the aux wire and performed the demo of ‘Happier.’ I stood in entrance of the door to the sprinter and wouldn’t allow them to out till we made a deal for the file. It felt particular from the primary few bars.”


“The authentic model felt uncommon for our band, so we have been eager to collaborate. I’ve all the time been a fan of Marshmello’s manufacturing and love his tune with Khalid ['Silence'], so we reached out to him. We fired forwards and backwards whereas each touring completely different elements of the world -- I’ve by no means labored like that earlier than. We then received collectively to complete it at his studio in L.A.”

The Producer: MARSHMELLO

“I spent essentially the most time on making the ‘drop’ the lead melody. I went by means of about 15 completely different choices and at last landed on the one that you simply hear within the tune now. Everything else within the tune match completely, and it was my job to enrich it. [Dan is] a really inventive particular person and open to new concepts, which made the entire writing course of inspiring and enjoyable.”

This article initially appeared within the Nov. 10 subject of Billboard.