Winner of the FAST Remix Contest
I love duck!
I think they wanted something they could just release without having to work with the contributor!
@aarontaylor Thanks for addressing these complaints. I think there is a lot of helpful information in what you have mentioned. I know personally I need to go back and take a good hard look at what exactly it means to be a remixer. Also kudos to the winner, I can think of a lot ways a producer could use this track in the club. My two cents deposited.
@CJ. B: ?
@Mister Gee: Very grap!!!
Oh dear James - You've taken his simple phrase of encouragement and motivation 'Go Wild' literally.
So he has asked for a 'wild' remix and then chosen a winner which has the least creativity? (Which it doesn't) Damn - he tricked you.
You're correct though James, there wasn't a checklist of what to do, but experience would tell you that this vocal should be treated with respect. Liken it to them giving you the main ingredient in a cooking competition (Duck) you wouldn't pour over a litre of orange sauce would you? So you could not taste the duck.
To be completely honest, you have some audacity 'critiquing' other peoples work anyway, given the level of your own writing and production value. I would concentrate on getting better first if I was you. I'm shocked to see you are classically trained as well, when there are quite glaring fundamental key issues in your very own remix.
Sorry, needed to be said. Now we can leave it there.
Steve - Danny hasn't 'played it safe' or 'got lucky' at all. He has simply understood (experience) and executed (skill) it better.
Well said Steven. I think we should just leave it there.
Let's not make an argue about this. This is music and in its parts is purely subjective. We can only objectify the track by its production value. what the judges wanted and what they looked for in this remix contest, apparently they got in this track. So kudos to Danny for I guess beeing lucky to strike it. If some people dont feel it, like I dont, it just means that its not my style or my kinda music that i frefer, like or music that gives my hairs a "goos" ;)
It doesnt minute any other good remixes and as a listener you still have them all here on Soundcloud and can listen and use them as you please.
As with every other music competition you do it for the play and fun and I think no one should go outside of what they feel and what they think they should do with the remix because in that way you create your sound and identity as a producer.
I personaly never play it "safe" and go with what I THINK the jury wants, I just let my creativity do its job and if I'm proud of my final product or my product helped me up my game then it's a win to me.
all the best to you all.
Remember my words when you/r at my gig :) :) !! <3
"Go wild" is what Lee said - I didn't hear anything about sticking to a checklist of what (not) to do (not outshine the vocal, no big melodic riffs) - Christ If I knew that I would have just posted the vocal stem as my remix entry!
Everybody should just ignore Aaron and stick to what lee said, "go wild" (in everything you do) and throw caution to the wind. If you win - great, if you don't win - great. Who cares, you got to boost your production chops with quality remix stems.
I leave you once again with the words of Lee Harris himself, "go wild".
The people questioning the creativity of this have a little bit to learn about what constitutes a good remix of this nature.
Danny has done exactly the right thing (evidently as he won) You're not looking to outshine the vocal, it's the most significant part of the track after all.
You look to compliment it, carry it, add weight to it and highlight it. Which he has done perfectly.
James - it's the exact opposite of self-indulgent, I'm not sure you know what that even means. To give an example of what is self-indulgent, look at your photograph. Big melodic riffs competing with the vocal would have been self-indulgent. There is also nothing commercial about this remix either, are you sure you have listened to it?
Steven - I know Rich (Solarstone) and I can tell you without question that his integrity is bullet proof. If he doesn't like something he will tell you, regardless of who you are.
@James McFadyen: And the fact that the guy works at Solaris Recordings and one of the Judges is Solarstone himsef doesnt really give a good impression as well ehhe :)
Absolutely nothing I have not heard in this new remix I've heard a lot of participants in this track (remixes). My opinion, this is not a well-deserved first place. No melody in this remix, no tools.
@Excape: As you will all find out, if you don't know already, it's always the least creative (most commercial) remixes that win. Virtually every time. Just one of the realities of the music business, I'm afraid.
Thankyou for the comments :)
This isn't that good.
Excellent Remix! Congrats!!
@James McFadyen: as much as I like the production value, the remix doesnt do anything for me.. Congrats to the winner.
Good remix. A bit too much copy and paste for my liking and would have liked a brighter-sounding vocal. Gets a bit self-indulgent at times but still a quality remix. Well done on the win!
nice proggy stuff try mine
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