Chester French started out as a dorm-room project for Harvard University students D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey, who spent their college years perfecting a hooky pop-soul formula that drew equally from classic rock and the latest hip-hop and R&B sounds. As Wallach, a Milwaukee native, and Drummey approached graduation, their demo somehow reached a who’s-who of super-producers, including Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, and Jermaine Dupri. Williams and West ended up in a bidding war over the group, with Williams eventually winning. In advance of Chester French’s full-length debut, Love The Future, released on Williams’ Star Trak label April 21, Wallach talked with Decider.