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I care for an imprinted Magpie AMA!

Sep 4th 2017 by bowdie73 • 17 Questions • 3603 Points

We type slower than a first grader in computer class, so we are doing a Live Stream video Reddit AMA so we can keep up with all the questions and connect with everyone as best we can! Also per our luck with the media, this way with our class sarcasm, nothing gets taken out of context.

We'll be going live, and answering questions here at 9pm EST!

We're live here! https://www.facebook.com/thechainsmokers/videos/1620538617978522/

EDIT: PROOF: https://www.facebook.com/thechainsmokers/posts/1620535191312198 https://twitter.com/TheChainsmokers/status/903377911448612864

EDIT 2: Hey guys, sorry to cut this off but we gotta go eat dinner now. Thank you guys so much for participating in our 2nd AMA and for all your questions and for paying attention to our dumbasses. Hope to see you all at one of our shows!

Q:

Where does Sophie stash the shiny good?

A:

How do you feel about being called the Nickelback of EDM?


Q:

She has a bunch of stash places! I always try to design her perches so they end in corners or joins with some space. I made her some 45degree wood peices that fit in the corners so she can stash food in them too. I think the cutest thing is when she stashes something, but then gets a leaf to cover the stash!

A:

That was an interesting moment. I don't know the guy that wrote that article and it was a pretty aggressive article. We were in the studio when we read it and were like 'what do we do?' We just decided to poke fun at ourselves and did a mashup with Paris. Horrible mashup but we're self-deprecating and Nickelback rocks


Q:

How did you get her?

What are you favorite submissions to #feetsfriday?

A:

Y'all are chill as fuck. Your music isn't really my taste, but you guys seem real despite all the shit that gets thrown your way. Props for that.


Q:

She came to us from a rescue. Some kids stole some eggs from a nest, probably hoping they were owl or something like that. When they hatched and it was clear they were magpie, they dropped them on the local (to them) RSPCA (or like agency) and the nice volunteers hand fed them. Unfortunately, whoever did that didn't have the training to not imprint so poor Sophie became imprinted on humans, and that's how we got her!

As for #feetsfriday, my favourites have to be the nice closeups. I really like seeing the scales and how they join and mesh with the other ones.

A:

Thanks man


Q:

Sophie is adorable! Do you think that she will one day be set free, like Penguin the instagram magpie, or will she be a forever companion?

A:

Hi guys! I went to your show in Des Moines and I loved it. There was a guy next to me with his young sons. He told me (before you came on) that he liked you guys because your lyrics were clean and you guys weren't crass and he felt comfortable letting his sons listen to your music...and then you came out and said "WHAT THE FUCK IS UP DES MOINES!!??" and his face just kinda fell. It was hilarious.

My question is kind of related. Do you have any stories/instances about parents getting mad at you that you're not as squeaky clean in your shows as the radio edits to your songs?

Thank you for your time.


Q:

Aw, thanks, she is lovely.

Sophie is my forever companion. She wouldn't make it in the wild as she'd just fly upto the first human she'd see and try to bree for them. It's illigal to release imprinted animals here in the UK, but I wouldn't dream of doing it, I love the daft bird too much!

A:

hahaha that's really funny. Our parents have been relatively cool about all the F bombs.

I think a lot of it is my fault. I curse the most. My energy is best conveyed through the F word. My sister got her mouth cleaned with a bar of soap once. - ALEX

I had to pay a fee like 50 cents when I cursed growing up - DREW


Q:

What type of personality does Sophie have? How well does communication work between you two - Can she react to human speech? What (other?) ways do you choose to communicate, what ways does she choose to communicate with you?

A:

were you guys really 'hacked' that time you called Halsey a bald bitch on twitter?


Q:

Sophie is mostly a very happy little thing. Somedays, she's not as into it as others - but that's normal. I always get a happy bree and my hand sat on no matter what. As I mentioned to cloysterbell, I've got used to knowing the noises she makes and if they're happy or not.

Sophie is also very good at phycsially expressing. Her head feathers rise and fall and are surprisingly expressive.

The other thing I love to see is if you give her something new (either a food or toy) and she doesn't like it, she holds it in her beak, looks me in the eye and just lets it drop out of her beak.

I always take that as a no. ;)

A:

I was hacked. I don't even use Twitter that much. We were at a dinner at Sexy Fish in London with our agent and I got a notification or a text and noticed people were freaking out and then I saw a screenshot. I didn't know if I got hacked or if someone used a fake tweet generator but then I realized what had happened. My manager took my phone and deleted everything and got twitter to freeze my account. What sucked about it is that idk if they genuinely believed that I said all of that or if people just wanted to be nasty to someone but it fucked me up for a while. The comments didn't stop for months. Lady Gaga saw the tweet and she wasn't mad at us cuz she knew that we had been hacked but the things the hacker posted were still hurtful. It sucks that my account was involved in making someone feel that way. I get angry sometimes but I definitely don't go on the internet when I do - DREW


Q:

Is Sophie good at mimicry? If so, what's the strangest/most out of place thing you've ever heard her mimic?

A:

Do you guys like to fish?


Q:

She's not a huge mimic, I kinda like how she's totally cool with chatting to her wild friends. She has worked out that I understand a few sounds. I know the happy noise she makes for toys, and food (they're two different noises) the sound she makes when she's tired, her grumpy noise, and others like that. I know people say they understand what their animals are saying, but I think I do!

A:

hahaha this is amazing. Holy crap. Whoever posted this, thank you.


Q:

I love seeing Sophie's meals on twitter - especially the bran flakes and popcorn! What's the usual breakdown of meat/carbs/fruit and veg she has, and what are her favourite foods and special treats? Thanks for doing another ama.

A:

What do you hate the most about each others ?


Q:

Her favourite food has to be the beefy strip. She gets some nearly every mealtime. Either cut into chunks, or as a strip so she can have fun ripping and pecking it.

Everyday she gets some dried mealworms, some sunflower seeds, a little suet, and beefy strip. And then the rest of it varies. One day it's a piece of cooked pasta, next is some other chewy meat products, some raw liver, maybe a little lamb chop, sometimes the supermarket will have little off cuts I buy cheaply for her.

Then it's the topping, bran flakes are cool, but she also enjoys mini shredded wheat, POPCORNS, some rich tea biscuit - something dry and rough because that's useful to keep her crop (the little mouth sac under a bird's lower beak) nice and clean.

A:

We both pick our noses


Q:

Beautiful and adorable (both of you!). How did you get involved in rescue work, and what's your advice to those who want to follow in your feathery footsteps?:)

A:

Hi guys! I got a few questions

  1. Matoma collab?

  2. Became a fan through a lot of your remixes. Any plans on dropping any new remixes? cough blink 182 cough

  3. I notice you heavily repost a lot of songs from lesser known producers on Soundcloud which is great exposure for them. Who do you think the best producers are right now that aren't very well known?


Q:

Thanks! We originally took in two other birds, an injured Rook and Crow. Ms.bowdie has always loved Corvids, and we got a call to ask if we'd take an imprinted magpie. Sophie lived inside with us for the six months or so it took to get her aviary setup, and then once it was late spring that year (2011) we moved her into her home.

Strictly speaking, that's all the rescue work we do. If you'd like to get involved, have a google for wildlife rescues near you and ask if they'd like your help. Bear in mind that you might end up caring for an animal that isn't quite as happy to see you as Sophie is! :D

A:
  1. Matoma is one of our best buddies. They should publish a book on him. He's a fascinating man. He came on tour with us as our opener and we became great friends and he happens to be a nationally ranked swimmer in Norway. He was also a snipper in the army and got pneumonia and he decided he wanted to become a musician. He was a classically trained pianist before that. So he's a pretty interesting guy. We worked on a song together while on the Friendzone tour but I dont think we'll be putting it out.

  2. We've actually been talking to blink 182 about doing a song which would be rad since they've been big influences on our lives since we were little. Travis Barker played with us at the AMA's last year which was dope. As far as doing any remixes - we're currently more focused on producing original music. We could do a remix but I feel like you have to be able to add something to the song when you do a remix.

  3. We answered this on a reddit post a couple weeks ago. To name a few: Boombox Cartel Louis the Child K?d illenium Lido (he's well known but doesn't get enough credit) We got known on hypemachine and back then the biggest producers on there were us, kygo, and RAC and now there's such good music coming from so many kids and it's awesome to see.


Q:

Could you talk a little about the environment sophie lives in? Her area seems very custom designed.

A:

Hey guys! How was collabing with Coldplay? Chris Martin seems to do the best Collabs!


Q:

I tried to make it as easy to vary and fix as I could. It's fixed to the ground quite firmly, and has mesh under all the gravel and stones (to make it hard for anything to burrow up into.

As for the perches and stuff, I keep any large branches I find so I can swap them out when I think she would like a change (or when the wood gets too soft) Parts like her bedroom at the back are lined and inuslated so she can sleep there in the nighttime. Although in the summer she likes to sleep outside.

It's important to have perches at various heights too. Sometimes she likes being higher up!

As it's open to the elements, and near our wild bird feeders she gets quite a lot of company from the other birds locally. A family of magpies live nearby, and she regularly mixes with them quite happily - I hardly ever have to break them up. She feeds the young magpies from her food, I guess she can't resist a hungry baby!

A:

Hey! We grew up listening to Coldplay. They've been great at writing great songs and never thought working with Coldplay would even be a possibility. Their manager told Adam, our manager, that the band listens to our songs before they go on stage. We reached out and one day we heard back that Chris was available and we of course dropped everything and went to hang out at his studio. He's such a cool guy. We ended up playing a couple chords not knowing if he'd like them and he was like "this is the song" and we plugged in a mic and he started dancing around the studio and mumbled out the song. It was a rad moment to watch his process in the studio. Chris is like a spiritual being sent down from the Heavens to bring people good music.


Q:

I'm curious about what kind of health precautions you have to take for Sophie. Does she have regular vet visits, any specific supplements you feed her to keep her healthy?

A:

Hey guys!!! I’m a huge fan!!

Do you think fame has changed you guys personally or your music style?


Q:

Well, we make sure she gets as balanced diet as we can provide for her. During the moulting season I get extra vitamins that I sneak into her food, but other that than the only thing we have to do is a mite treatment every once in a while to make sure she doesn't get flatfly.

The odd thing about that is that the first time I had to do that treatment, she was scared and made it quite hard work, but it got rid of the mite overnight. So the next time I did it, I just showed her the bottle of stuff, and she bent her neck calmly and just let me apply it. She'd worked out that that stuff made the itchy mite go away.

The vet we take our cats to can arrange bird care as well, but luckily we've not needed to use them.

A:

Fame has changed us personally but not in the way you'd think. It's a weird thing to deal with. When you have people talking about the things you do, what you wear, what you say, etc you lose control of how you present your life. Everyone has something to say about one side of you and it may be right or it may not be right but it's out of your control. Our families have to deal with it. We learn to deal with it and we're lucky to have each other and we have a really dope team that help.


Q:

Do you have any other pets or care for other species of animals? If so, how does your relationship to those animals differ from/how is it similar to your relationship with Sophie?

A:

What do you think of Rezz's music? Alison Wonderland's music?


Q:

We also care for two injured wild birds, a Rook and a Crow. They live in another aviary in our garden. We also have three cats. ;)

As the rook and crow are injured wilds (their injuires mean they wouldn't make it in the wild) they're a lot less cuddly than Sophie, but they're as cool as the need to be. They're never going to sit on my hand, but they go into their bedroom when I go inside their aviary and jump out the moment I leave - so it's cool.

The cats and birds are kept apart. ;)

A:

I think they're both incredible producers. Both awesome chicks. Rezz just does her own thing and has fun and the stuff she makes is super creative and out there. Alison Wonderland and Rezz are two of the most exciting dance artists. They both have a sound that's specific to each of them.


Q:

New album in 2018?

A:

I would like to do another album. I really respect artists like Kendrick Lamar and Halsey that have a good overarching concept for an album. Maybe we'll do EPs again or singles. We just want to be able to put out music consistently. We haven't put anything out in like 6 months now which feels weird. We want our music to be a present reflection of who we are.

Thank you to all of you who helped get our album to platinum btw!


Q:

Do you haze Lucas from time to time? -An old fraternity friend of his

A:

Lol he's here with me right now. Yeah Lucas gets hazed from time to time lol but he's got a good life.


Q:

Hi Drew and Alex,

If you can include the following links in your post as proof of who you are, that would be greatly appreciated!

In the meantime I'll leave this comment stickied for visitors so they can see you're legitimate.

https://www.facebook.com/thechainsmokers/posts/1620535191312198

https://twitter.com/TheChainsmokers/status/903377911448612864

A:

Done :)


Q:

What do you think of the criticism that your album got from reviewers (i loved it tho 4real) Also, do you have new music soon!! Is there any collab you can tell us about?

A:

I think some of the criticism is fair and some of it is not fair. We look to criticism to improve ourselves. It's hard to read the more negative comments. I really liked the New York Times Review which wasn't a necessarily positive review but there were a lot of things I agreed with which is sometimes the hardest review to read where you're like "yeah I could've done that better".

A lot of the criticism sits with you and you have to figure out how to deal with it in your own way. We thought our album was honest and says a lot about who we are and we got to play it for 10,000 people every night on tour. Seeing those people jumping up and down is what made it worth it.

Tyler from 21 pilots sent us a really nice email congratulating us on the new album and said you should really focus on what's right in front of you and the internet isn't real. (ignore the fact that we're doing an AMA on the internet right now lol)


Q:

What does your studio setup look like from a software/synth/midi controller standpoint? Any must-have sample packs? What do you use to isolate vocals for remixes?

A:

We work out of Abelton. We have pretty much every plug in known to man and midi controllers. We use a prophet 6 on tour because it sounds better than a lot of the soft synths. I've been plugging it into a guitar or vox amp and record with a vocal mic. We ask artists for their vocals and they send it thinking we might do a remix sometimes lol


Q:

Hey guys, thanks for doing this AMA!! I firstly wanted to say how proud I am of both of you. I went to high school just a year behind Drew, and have been watching his career since his senior project, what a fucking way you've come man! I remember you being the only drummer in the elementary school band and thinking how cool that was. It's been a joy to watch you conquer the world and I still jam to Elodie today!!

I've got a million and one questions for you guys, but I'll settle with one.

What's the best "fuck the haters" story you have? I can only the imagine the shitstorm you guys have gotten. People thought you were done after the American Idol shit but you guys pulled it out!

Thanks again for the AMA and keep fucking doing you!

A:

Haha I don't think it's ever like "FUCK THE HATERS"

You wake up to a beautiful day, nice cup of coffee, then you go to twitter and read "Eat shit" "Alex, your the ugly one" lol and all these billion comments. Initially it sucks but you just have to brush it off and remember that there's so much more positivity out there from great fans and focus on that. You're never going to be able to please everybody.

Most of those people want to be noticed. When people started shitting on us we used to respond to them to explain ourselves or ask why they feel a certain way. They would DM us and be like "yo dude I'm so sorry". That's very telling of our generation and their misconception of anonymity.


Q:

How many hot dogs do you guys think you could eat in 30 minutes? (bun included, no condiments allowed)

A:

No condiments? That's bullshit. If we're talking standard sized hot dogs probably like 4.