Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/2xr3kJqPUfM
I've been wanting to try a dubstep song for a while now on the drums, but I couldn't find one that hasn't already been played to death by other YouTube drummers. I've also been wanting to play an Ellie Goulding song, but the same thing. So I started playing around with remixing her cover of Hanging On and came up with a dubstep version that I'm real happy with. I downloaded some dubstep samples and created some of my own, and arranged the breakdown section according to what I would enjoy accompanying with my acoustic drums. All in all it was a very fun experience. I don't consider myself a DJ, or even someone who is really into dubstep, but I can see the appeal after spending this time on the remix.
Then it was an issue of writing acoustic drum parts for the remix. I'm really happy with the end result. It's completely different from Ellie's original cover of the song. There are hardly any drums at all on the original. So I added - hopefully tastefully - parts to the slower, more dream pop sections. Here I got to experiment with some linear/fusion/gospel patterns that I've been working on. On the first chorus I tried to bring up the intensity with a Danny Carey-esque polyrhythm. And then I tried to use the acoustic drums and some bass dubstep bass hits and growls that I looped to bring up the intensity before the big dubstep drop. The original song peaked at the last chorus which was still very much a downtempo dream pop, so I didn't want the heavy dubstep to sound out of place. Hopefully I was successful.