Some Awesome Ways To Approach A Remix
The idea of a remix has existed since electronic music became famous decades ago. With so many producers working with samples of already existing music, it makes sense that you can record a popular song with the artist’s permission and remix it into your own creation. Just as many emerging artists are famous or recognized by covering other music, whether on YouTube or SoundCloud, producers have a foot in the door by remixing. A popular song is released, and then an aspiring producer gives it a new and exciting reinvention. Since the song is already popular, the Remix gets a lot of attention, especially if it is good. But since the art of remixing has become so important, it’s hard to stand out. And for producers who are new to remixing, it’s hard to know where to start. Whether you’re an experienced remixer or just received your first batch of stems, we’ve outlined five smart ways to approach a Remix to get you noticed.
1. Mood Flip
If the song you want to remix contains major chords and a feel-good vibe, you can start remixing it by flipping it right away. Make the progression of minor chords and add some dark elements to the mix. This technique ensures that you really explore your own path in your Remix, and not just retouching what already exists. But if you take this approach, remember why you like the song in the first place. If you make an extremely depressing joyful song, people can be turned off by the extreme change of mood. You can work at the other end of the spectrum, but remember what made the song magical in the first place.
2. Perform a scan from
Some of the best remixes are the most minimal. Let’s say you have a lively and lively rock song with distorted guitars and loud acoustic drums. Now remove all rock instruments, replace chord progressions with an ambient synthesizer, and dip the vocals into reverb — maybe even with a Lo-Fi filter. Suddenly you have something much more atmospheric with a whole new life. While Fans of the original song might be surprised, others might like it for the first time.
3. It beef up
Now, if you do not want to choose the minimum approach, you can always choose The “Beef Up” approach. Essentially, you leave the song mostly intact, but make it stronger, wider and harder. Again, suppose you’re remixing the same rock song. Add stomping electronic drums under the already noisy acoustic drums; double distorted guitars; add synth lines to mimic melodies; make multiple layers of vocals. This approach requires a very good mixer to ensure that the peak is not out of control, but you, the producer, can record a song already in progress and make it even more difficult.
4. Play with Tempo and pitch
It is very common for a Remix to have a different Tempo than the Original. For Techno and Trance music, producers almost always do it faster. For Downtempo and Ambient producers, they slow down. When you get a new batch of stems to remix, there are endless possibilities to create. But one way to really make sure you’re doing something unique is to extend the time. For example, you can take the main vocal rod, and Pitch an octave down to put the song at halftime. You could do the same by setting it up and putting the song in double time. Both will fundamentally change the original song, so you should think about how far away you are from the original Tempo/pitch. However, if you can make a big change in tempo and/or pitch, you have room to really do something original.
5. Restructure and rewrite
If you are remixing a song that has a “verse, Chorus, verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus” structure, first try disabling this order of the bat. You can bridge to the Chorus or the second Stanza to The Intro. And if you really want to challenge yourself, write each movement of the song on small pieces of paper and choose from a hat your new order! You can also do this with texts. Another popular effect when remixing is Reverse. Do you have a cool lead melody? Turn it over. There is no reason why you should keep a Remix structure exactly like the original. In fact, some of the best remixes change the order in which certain themes are presented to you. You can even launch your entire Remix from the deck.
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to approach a Remix. However, it is easily predictable, and when Fans of the original song give their work a Chance, they want to be excited and challenged by their Remix. You can play with all the methods listed above. Sometimes it really helps to have more than one Remix so you can really turn a song on and off. You can start with method # 2, but you decide after that you want to follow method #3. And of course, the mixing and adaptation of certain methods is encouraged. For example, you can use both method 1 and method 5 in the same Remix. The most important part is that you stay true to your sound while maintaining a sense of respect for the Original. Otherwise, experiment as much as you want and have fun!
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