Watch Chilly Gonzalez Deconstruct "Get Lucky" And "Hold On, We're Going Home," Explain Why They're Catchy

After Owen Pallett’s deconstruction of Katy Perry, Daft Punk, and Lady Gaga, there seems to be a new trend in which everyone wants to explain in tedious detail why pop music is so enticing in some twisted way of justifying our enjoyment of it. This time, self-described “musical genius” and Random Access Memories collaborator Chilly Gonzales breaks down “Get Lucky” and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” and explains how “a truly clever pop musician can do so much with so little” in videos for German radio station 1Live. Watch Chilly talk about how Daft Punk uses ostinato in their harmonies, why syncopation is everywhere, and just what exactly the ’80s sounds like below.

Comments (6)
  1. This is so great. I would love to see a whole series of these types of videos! I’m hooked already!

  2. It’s funny that his analysis of Daft Punk is the old way of understanding popmusic, and his analysis of Drake is the new way – from a musicology-student’s point-of-view.

  3. This is such a coincidence, I was searching up the old Daft Punk RAM collaborators videos last night and ended up watching the Chilly Gonzales segment.

    It’s always fascinating to hear this man talk about music. The lack of pretension is refreshing. He’s definitely spot on about the Drake analysis.

  4. I’m going to go ahead and say he wouldn’t be much of a genius if he couldn’t identify himself as a musical genius.
    Also, if any of you haven’t watched Ivory Tower, it’s kind of worth a watch just for the fact that Mr. Gonzalez, Peaches, and Tiga are the main characters.

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