T-Pain and The Chainsmokers for Spring Concert
Issue   |   Wed, 04/08/2015 - 00:55

The Chainsmokers and T-Pain will headline this year’s Spring Concert, the Spring Concert committee confirmed this week. The concert will be held in LeFrak Gymnasium on Saturday, April 25, and KYLE will be the opening act.

The Chainsmokers are a New York-based DJ, producer and songwriter duo, comprised of members Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. They are most well known for their 2014 hit, “#Selfie”, and their follow up hit single, “Kanye,” featuring sirenXX. The Chainsmokers started off as an electronic dance music DJ duo in 2012 and most recently, released, “Let You Go,” featuring Great Good Fine Ok.

T-Pain is an American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer. After his debut in 2005, his second studio album, “Epiphany” reached number one on the Billboard 200. Since then, he was featured on more than 50 singles that topped charts, including the hit single Flo Rida’s “Low.” In March, T-Pain released his most recent mixtape titled “The Iron Way.”

KYLE is also an American rapper. He is known for his single “Hey Now,” with Martin Solveig and the Cataracts.

The selection process for the spring concert artists was headed by Campus Activities Board. The group also enlisted help from the event coordinator for student life, Paul Gallegos. A student survey was distributed at the beginning of the academic year to gauge music preferences and improvements that could be made from last year’s spring concert.

“We got feedback from what people thought about last spring concert, complaints and what did they like,” said Spring Concert committee chair Alexandra James ‘16. “Then, after that, it was also questions about what kind of genres and specifically, if there were any artists they would want to see. And what hit me a lot was that the three top genres were electronic dance music, hip-hop and rap and pop music.”

James said that in addition to focusing on student preferences from the survey results, she also tracked the popular trends in the music industry, as well as rising artists.

Last year, female DJ duo Icona Pop headlined the Spring Concert. James said that the main complaint from the survey about last year’s concert was that many students were not satisfied with the acquired artists considering the $50,000 budget the college allotted for the concert.

“So, we were thankfully able to get our budget upped to $87,000. And people really did prefer having more of a budget if we were able to secure larger named artists,” James said. “It really was by sheer luck that both Chainsmokers and T-Pain, combined, was around that amount.”

To secure an artist for the Spring Concert, the college has to first negotiate artist fees with the artist and the artist’s agency. Because of the larger budget, the college was able to offer bids for more well-known artists this year. After fee negotiations, the next step is to finalize the contracts. James said that much of the negotiating happened in conference calls with the artists’ agents, going over the contracts line by line. Negotiations went on for some time as different artist choices were considered by James and the CAB Spring Concert committee before The Chainsmokers, T-Pain and KYLE were finally secured.

“I hope that because it’s two different genres [rap and electronic house music] in the same night, students do find at least one artist to really appreciate and hopefully, stay for the next one,” James said. “I think part of my decision picking these artists was because there are two separate genres and again, in the survey, a lot of the student input was that they felt excluded because of the genre.”

With finalized negotiations and artist lineups, the Spring Concert committee was ready to officially announce the concert artists to the campus and start selling tickets.

Concert doors will open at LeFrak Gymnasium at 5p.m. on April 25. KYLE will open up with his act at 6 p.m. and T-Pain will take the stage at 7 p.m. before The Chainsmokers play.

There are 2,200 tickets in total that are available for sale. From April 15 to 19, tickets will be available free of charge exclusively for Amherst College students with an Amherst College ID in Valentine Dining Hall and Keefe Campus Center. From April 20 to April 24, tickets will then be made available to Five College students for $15 and the general public for $25 in Keefe Campus Center.