Chilly Gonzales Analyzes The Composition of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

Hailed as a musical genius and artistic influencer, Canadian artist Chilly Gonzales is known for his career as a musician in the '90s, but in recent years he's worked with the likes of Peaches, Daft Punk and Drake. Having teamed up with Drizzy's on the Jhené Aiko feature track, "From Time," Gonzales takes to the piano once more, but this time to sit with 1LIVE and discuss the composition of a different Nothing Was The Same highlight: "Hold On, We're Going Home." Noting that the track houses a distinctly '80s sound, Gonzales shares his thoughts on the musical theory behind the track, assessing each individual layer and the concept of syncopation.

I grew up in the '80s, and I really love the references in that song that make me think of that great decade of pop music ... [but] what makes this a pop masterpiece if it's really just referring to the '80s? I would argue that there's one rhythmic detail that makes it unmistakably modern, and that is: syncopation.

Watch his deconstruction of "Nothing Was The Same" above and share your thoughts below.

By: Zahra Jamshed / Interviews / April 23, 2014 / 3997 Views
  • Suburban Nigger

    koo

  • Lucas Ross

    Somebody paid this guy good money to crawl out of bed, put on his fuzzy slippers and compare Drake to Beethoven.

  • abcdef

    u dont say? i thought he does it for free...fool.

  • kanye west

    wow, well that was amazing.

  • kanye west

    thats his background (classical) so what do you expect him to do.

  • IBeModerating

    #HaterAlert. Nobody compared drake to beethoven. He is just decoding a hit song (whether you like it or not, it is a hit) by identifying some of the techniques other HUMANS have used in the past. And I say humans cuz there is someone out there doing more and better than Beethoven. Your hate makes you dumb. knock it off.

  • Guest

    He's wrong. The on the first beat not some syncopated off-beat. It's just the way Drake starts singing before the first beat hits. Think A$AP rocky saying "I be that..." before the beat hits on the word pretty. You can pay for school etc...

  • TheDoctor

    He's wrong. The chord hits on the first beat not some syncopated off-beat. It's just the way Drake starts singing before the first beat hits. Think A$AP rocky saying "I be that..." before the beat hits on the word pretty. You can pay for school etc...

  • http://www.about.me/KNZO KNZO

    i couldn't hear it on the first bar of the song, but you can hear the off-beat chords through-out the rest of the song.

  • shellzsz

    I could listen to this guy all day

  • Lucas Ross

    Shut yo long commenting, #hashtagging corny ass up. Human.

  • http://tibz.co/ TibZ

    > “Canadian artist Chilly Gonzales is known for his career as a musician in the '80s and '90s”

    Guys in the 80's, Chilly Gonzales was about 10... He was born in 1972. Come on!

    Also see: https://twitter.com/chillygonzales/status/458890824970174464

  • IBeModerating

    He didn't even played the third chord. for me, that's the one that glues it all together and breaks the monotony created by the first two chords.

  • IBeModerating

    dumb ass.