Rules of Remixing from Harold Heath

Now now, it has been a long time since I’ve written. I honestly keep meaning to write more and even have a whole slew of things to write about. Just seem to be experiencing a bit of writers block! So what to do? How about share some great advice about making a remix pack written by one of our favourite writers, Harold Heath, on his always funny and insightful blog “Harold’s House“.

Here is an excerpt about what he expects from a remix pack when it lands in his inbox and make sure to hear over to his blog for more interesting tales of how he thinks the world should run :)

 

1. The track is excellent.
If a track is brilliant, it spurs the remixer on to do even better. It also suggests that:
2. All the parts are excellent.
If you’ve got a load of good parts to work with, then a remix can be joy to do. If you ever get a chance, I strongly advise you remix Shur-I-Kan. His sounds are brilliant. The bass line he supplied me when I was lucky enough to land a job remixing one of his tracks was so good, I literally couldn’t turn it off. I got stuck in my studio for like 9 hours until my wife snuck in wearing ear muffs to protect her from the irresistible power of the b-line and managed to turn it off.
3. You supply me with ALL the parts, not just a few bits.
I’m afraid I can’t build you a track from scratch. If you would like a track from scratch, you should ask me to make you a track from scratch, rather than attempt to get me to remix something that has so little substance all I can do is make a new track. And please, give me all the parts, I want all the beats and the little fx etc. even the hats and the claps, you never know, they might come in handy.
4. No huge stems
I no longer have the time to receive huge great long stems of audio that need loads of cutting and editing before I can use them.  I need to get all the parts, available to use, in sensibly edited, instantly usable wavs.
5. You supply me with a bowl of M&Ms with the blue ones removed. 
Those are the rules, there’s absolutely no compromising, especially on the M&Ms, that’s a deal breaker. Now, if I had simply posted these rules, with no explanation would you think that I were a little Diva-ish, a little demanding? Perhaps, but hopefully now you understand the need for the new remix rules. There can be no compromise in the new musical landscape: comply or die!

Q&A with Q-Burns Abstract Message

You probably know who Q-Burns is and I am almost certain if you don’t, you’ve probably heard a track or two of his over the years. What you may not know though, is he runs one of the best and our personal favourite Promo Service, 8DPromo. In their own words and in our experience they “Provide Effective Tastemaker Promotions For Underground Dance Music Labels”. If you are looking for a promo service actually worth your money, this is the one we recommend. With that in mind, lets get down the Q&A and find out a bit more about the man behind the service.

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Q. Name and Favorite Color?

M. Donaldson, sometimes known as Q-Burns Abstract Message. A calming blue.

Q. How long have you been making music?

I’ve been capturing my own music since I saved up some money, by mowing neighbors’ lawns, and bought a Juno-106 and a Tascam four track recorder. I’ll leave you to guess how old I was … it was in the mid-eighties.

Q. What DAW do you use to Produce?

Logic Pro, pretty much. I started using Logic pre-Apple, around 2000, and haven’t looked back.

Q. Must have piece of production software or equipment?

They can laugh, but I stand by my Alesis Monitor Ones with matching RA-100 amplifier. It’s the only consistent piece of equipment I’ve had for nearly 20 years (though I’ve gone through a couple sets). I know exactly how tracks are going to sound when mixed through those.

On the software side, I’m a huge fan of the Togu Audio Line soft-synths and effects, both the free and paid versions. I pretty much just use those most of the time.

An Oblique Strategies deck is also a must.

Q. Favorite Genre of music outside of what you produce?

It’s a bit of a cop-out, but I don’t really think in terms of genre and I kind of think my production work reflects this. I listen to so much stuff, and I come from a confused background of a punk rock kid who loved synthesizers and lived in central Louisiana. That said, my ‘leisure time’ listening habits do tend towards dreamy, shoegazey type sounds, as well as Krautrock and heavy African music.

Q. What are your favorite labels and or producers?

Yes, another cop-out answer, but I’m always inspired by what my friends are doing, such as Sleazy McQueen (and his side project Space Coast), Atnarko, Sleight of Hands, Gavin & Robbie Hardkiss … I’m also managing DJ Three’s Hallucienda label and the roster he’s assembled for that is just phenomenal.

Q. Is it more rewarding to run 8DPromo or produce music?

Holy cats, producing music. Though I do enjoy helping others out in this little music community that’s sort of orbiting around me.

Q. How long have you been running 8DPromo and what made you decide to start it up?

8DPromo started in 2008. Basically, when the recession hit and the regular flow of DJ gigs dried up I had to find another way to make a living. As I started working with record labels and doing promotion in 1994, I had a bit of experience (and quite the database) in that field. It seemed natural for me to piece together 8DPromo and apply what I learned to other labels, and to assist them in this ever-changing promotional climate.

Q. Favorite Social Media site for spreading the word about music?

Twitter, by far. It’s got the least amount of bullshit (both from the company and its users) and is the most fun, in my opinion. I post and share on there far more than anywhere else and refer to it as my ‘preferred mode of transportation.’ Check me out: http://www.twitter.com/qburns

I’ve also started a repository of music industry related articles and information on Pinterest … it’s mainly for my own reference, but I thought making it a public place would be useful to others. Here: http://www.pinterest.com/8DIndustries

Q. Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

Vanilla, I guess. I don’t have a sweet tooth. I’m more of a nacho chips + salsa kind of guy.

Q. What do you get up to outside of music?

I’m extremely fond of watching inscrutable art films as well as movies made in Japan over 40 years ago about samurai warriors.

Q. Whats your favorite animal? 

Probably any of these: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/strange-deep-sea-creatures/

Q. What is the question you wished people would ask you?

“Can I buy you a sushi dinner?”

 Now you maybe asking yourself why we did a Q&A with Mr. Q-Burns here and there are two answers, have a listen below -

I want to state for the record, this chicken looks exactly like our chickens.

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DeepWit Essentials Weeks 48-51

NEWYEAR

Happy New Year!  There is nothing like a fresh start, with renewed vigour and hope for the future and I want to take a second and wish everyone a wonderful new year. We hope you find what inspires you and that you’re brave enough to follow your passions. May this be a year that is unforgettably happy and success for you and your loved ones.

One of our passions, obviously, is music and with that we look forward to an amazing 2015 with some great releases, including a special series of “Remixed By” from some of our favourite DeepWit artists remixes tracks from our back catalogue. We look forward to sharing good music and hopefully helping you make some good memories in 2015.

And to start us off we are going to begin with our latest release here on DeepWit, Deep House United Vol. 2. All outstanding labels dishing up some of their best tracks, make sure to grab your copy.

Up next we have to of course remind you have our release from a few weeks ago, which is completely on fire right now. Jonbjorn is an outstanding producer and the remixes coming from Junktion and Viktor Birgiss are top tracks.

Enough about how awesome we are and now onto how awesome this new production alias from Robot Needs Oil is and how awesome his label is. So good in fact we are going to share two releases from My Neighbour Is. This first is from Cold Busted.

And this one is from his own label Neighbour Jam. Check it out.

And over to one of our longstanding favourite duo of producers, The Messenger. We are digging this soulful house vibe from their new remix on Adaptation Music.

Now for some Satoshi Fumi, because you can always count on him for a wonderful vibe and this track on Bass Work Recordings, I just adore it.

Now for a great remix from one of the best female producers out there, Miss Disk. Here remix of BiG Al‘s and Rishi K.’s track “Behind Closed Eyes” on Lovely Records.

Now for a bit of hypnotic percussions from Tim Andresen on his label What Happens.

And at times you just need a track to dance to and these next two are exactly that. This one on Red Lunar Records from the Di Chiara Brothers won’t allow you to sit still, I promise.

Cocaine is indeed an apt name for this track from Filipe Neves & Steven Pluck & Claytonsane on Mellophonik with the M. Rodriguez remix taking the cake for us. Dance it away.

And a little something for the vinyl lovers to welcome in 2015. Axe on Wax is becoming one of our go to labels for outstanding Vinyl releases. This little 4 track is good all the way through with the Speakdeep, Dimkal and Eman track being our favourite.

And the last of the bunch today comes from Outplay, another top label run by Junktion, who we just had the privilege of releasing with a few weeks ago. This lovely little three track from Daniel Leseman is one for every deep vinyl collection.

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