BUSHWACKA'S TOP 5 TIPS FOR REMIXING!
Jul 14, 2020
In his first ever online course, Bushwacka teaches you the art of remixing, from his own 3 decades of production experience, and unique creative outlook.
To celebrate, we asked Bushwacka to share his Top 5 tips for producing a great remix
1. MAKE SURE YOU LIKE THE ORIGINAL TRACK
This might sound obvious, but it’s an important point regardless.
If you don’t like the original track, the chances are you won’t be excited or inspired enough to deliver a compelling interpretation of the original artist’s track.
2. UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LABEL WANTS FROM YOU
Make sure you are clear on what the label requesting the remix wants you to bring to the package.
Ensuring all parties are on the same page creatively is vital, and leads to an easier production process for you, and reduces the possibility of your remix being rejected, and leads to a higher quality result in the end.
Everyone - you, the original artist, and the label - all win when the creative vision is aligned.
3. BE SELECTIVE REMIXING WITH STEMS AND PARTS
Whether working with parts or stems (something covered in the course), it’s crucial to be ruthless with the parts of the original track that will make their way into your newly imagined version.
If that means focusing the entire remix around a few, select, killer pieces of instrumentation, then so be it.
Don’t feel like you have to keep large parts of the original track, just for the sake of it.
4. DON'T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT
All the points discussed so far will create space for you to put the original track in a new context.
In this space you can do something truly original and unique:
Try creating strange loops in samplers.
Try re-sampling the original parts, or even re-sampling your own tracks, to create compelling new soundscapes
Also go wild with sound design, and create new synth patches that both compliment and push the original parts into new territory.
5. BE OPEN TO FEEDBACK AND CHANGING DIRECTION
Remember, you’re being asked to remix a track for a reason - the label, or the artist, is looking for something specific from you, so it’s important to hear this in mind whilst experimenting with the previous tips mentioned above.
It’s completely normal for a label to get back to you with feedback, and even a request for you to try again from a fresh start.
It’s important to view this as constructive feedback, meant to help you, rather than a rejection of you as an artist.
The most important thing is to catch a vibe and have fun! Enjoy!
All of this and more is covered in Remix Mastery with Bushwacka, which is out now!
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