Remix tips from Disclosure, SBTRKT, KLP and more!
There’s one week left to go in our Hermitude remix competition, and so far, we’ve seen a heap of really inventive remixes uploaded to triplejunearthed.com.
We’ve provided the remix stems for you to get to work on your remix, but if you’re struggling, don’t stress! We’ve called in some pretty big guns to help you: Disclosure, SBTRKT, Odesza and KLP are all on hand to give you their very best remix tips.
Here's some essential remix know-how from some of the world's finest:
My advice on taking on a remix of someone else’s tracks would be to only take on a remix if you think you can make it better than the original song, or at least so different that it sounds like your own song. We almost want them to sound like an original track – we’ll only do it if you can hear a completely different song there. That’s what remixing is about: taking it to a completely different world.
The first thing I do is set out a little bit of a plan as to what I imagine the finished remix to be like. I’ll figure out if I'm making it to play in my DJ sets, or more so just a new direction or take on the original. Then I'll straight away mute or delete stems that I'm not keen on using - which is most likely all the drums. Then I focus on a few key leftover stems to use as features. From that as a base, I build up everything up around.
My #1 tip would be when you’re remixing a track, make sure there’s something you can hear in it that you can take to the next level. That’s the most important part of a remix: you really need to be able to bring something new to the track that wasn’t there. Stay genuine to your sound, and don’t follow any trends that are out there in music. Just do something that’s you.
NINA LAS VEGAS:
"You don’t have to love the entire track to work on a remix for it. Often it’s a good idea to NOT work with something you love. The best remixes happen when you find one or two things you love about a song, keep them and add your own elements. A vocal line, a synth pattern or sample... these are all cool elements to play with and turn into your own reworking of the song.
Don’t get mad if something doesn’t work. Save it and start again: a lot of good songs are built around remix ideas."
One of my favourite tips for remixing is not to necessarily stick to the original vocal and track as it stands, and to play around with the tempo. If the song comes to you at 120bpm, you could put it at 150 or 160 or 90bpm and pitch-shift it. Change the context of it: never be afraid to do what you like with it rather than creating a new version of the same song.
Keen on getting in on our Hermitude remix comp and putting your own spin on 'Ukiyo'? This is how we do it.