According to Emily Warren, one of the song writers, this is what the song is about: “Scott and I were at Coachella a couple of months before we wrote the song, and we had seen a bunch of EDM acts play. So when we were on our way to a session with Drew, we were brainstorming what we could write about and we were talking about – all of us had gotten separated [at Coachella] at one point or another, and being separated from people at Coachella is really scary. Everyone’s a zombie, you’re probably a little fucked up, it’s hard to find your way around and you feel like you’re never going to see anyone again. So when we were on our way to the session, we were like, “It’d be so sick if we could channel that feeling and make a song that would be comforting to hear if you were in that situation at Coachella.” That’s kind of what the song is about. It’s so crazy and cool that it’s actually been played in settings like that.”
In an interview with Billboard magazine, Daya explained how she hooked up with The Chainsmokers, she said: “They reached out to me last year. I had only really had “Hideaway” out. It wasn’t even on the charts or anything yet. They had heard of me through Sony, because we’re both associated with them. They just reached out to me, and I think they reached out to a bunch of different people, but I really, really loved and fell in love with this song. Then I went to one of their shows and got to meet them and then it went from there. We went into the studio together and they told me that mine is the one they wanted to use. I was really proud of the way that it turned out. Super excited about the whole thing. It was my first collaboration ever. I was stoked to be a part of it. My mom was not into it at first. She was like “Who are these Chainsmokers guys? They sound pretty sketchy.” But she ended up meeting them and loving them and everything so, it all worked out.
Daya then added how she and the Chainsmokers interacted while this song climbed the charts, she said: “It was funny because when it was climbing, the Chainsmokers and I were doing the same radio shows, so we would cross paths every once in a while. Literally, at one point it, was every two days. I was like, “Wow. I’m seeing you guys more than I see my own family or my mom.” It was fun to meet up with them on the road. I had a blast performing with them. Coachella was one of the greatest experiences of my life, being on stage with them for that. We got to celebrate when it went to No. 1 together. We had a performance on Good Morning America that day. It was wild.
Scott Harris who co-wrote the song with Andrew Taggart and Emily Warren talked to Songwriter Universe how the collaboration came about, he said: “”Emily and I write together all the time, I’ve written more songs with her than anybody else by a lot. We just get each other and it’s a really comfortable environment when we are together. She had done a song with The Chainsmokers and was basically like, we HAVE to work with them. We had a session in Drew’s apartment and he played us the beginning of the track that eventually became ‘Don’t Let Me Down.’ We had a brief conversation about not over thinking anything and Drew was the one who was quickly like, don’t mess with that chorus, that’s it! Me and Emily had just come back from Coachella and were talking about writing a song that could make people really feel something at a festival. Had no idea it would actually be that song.”
Release Date: February 5, 2016
Songwriter/s: Andrew Taggart – Emily Warren – Scott Harris
Label: Disruptor – Columbia – Sony
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song topped the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Charts and the US Mainstream Top 40 Songs, but peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Quadruple Platinum for sales over 1.7 million copies. In the UK, it topped the Dance Charts and peaked at number 2 on the Official Charts Company. The song reached the top 10 charts in several countries around the world including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain Sweden and Switzerland. It received several certifications around the world such as Diamond in France, 7 times Platinum in Canada, 6 times Platinum in Australia, 5 times Platinum Italy and Sweden, Triple Platinum in Belgium, Double Platinum in New Zealand, and Platinum in Denmark, Germany and Poland.
Artist’s age on Release Date: The DJ/Producer duo were active for 4 years when the released this song.
Cover Versions: Usher – Jfla – boyceavenue – Megan Nicole – Kurt Hugo Schneider – Bars and Melody – Sam Tsui – Matt McGuire – Joy Williams – Julia Westlin – Felicia Lu – Fame On Fire – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.