Monday, June 20, 2011

On the art of remixing

Some really smart dude (my old boss) once told me a little secret about remixers: most of them don't actually give a fuck if the remix is good or not. They don't slave away for days on end perfecting it until their ears are bleeding and they're holding their eyes open with tape. Nope, no sir. Instead, they slap on effects they've got laying around that they haven't used before (or that they have), and mess around with it a bit until it sounds decent. (To be fair, anyone who can do literally anything in the studio except for sleep on the couch is about a million times more talented than me- so keep that in mind here.)Very few artists make their careers on remixes alone- think about it. It is actually a really great way to get your name out there, but it's very rare to find a remixer that actually takes a song somewhere new- somewhere that transcends the original song. But when I do find a remix that's my jam, I blast that shiz in my headphones like whoa (I live in New York City- blasting music through speakers when out the door when I moved out of my dorm room and into adulthood.) Thus, I present you with Captain Cuts.

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Tell me that remix isn't fucking bomb. Try. You can't, can you? BECAUSE IT IS! Listen to the original here. It's weird but I love both versions totally and completely, but in such dramatically different ways. The original makes me want to hang out with my friends and drink a 40 on a rooftop in Brooklyn. The remix makes me want to hang out with my friends and drink a 4 Loko in a warehouse rave somewhere. Good music. Good vibes. Good times. Thanks Captain Cuts for taking an awesome song and making it awesomer.

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