Dubspot Remix Competition 001: THIEVERY CORPORATION – Win 7″ Release, Ableton, Courses +

Remix Thievery Corporation’s “Culture of Fear” single between January 4 and February 4, 2012, and you could win the following prizes from Dubspot and ESL Music:

• An Official Vinyl Release on Eighteenth Street Lounge Music
• Ableton Live Music Production Software
• Choice of any course with Dubspot Online including Ableton Live, Logic, Mixing & Mastering,
..Sound Design, Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 and more!

Thievery Corporation‘s Eric Hilton and Rob Garza found a connection in Washington DC around 1995 with a musical vision that combined bossa nova, Jamaican dub reggae and vintage film soundtracks into a hazy, laid back hybrid that emerged as their first twelve inch,”2001 a Spliff Odyssey.” That single (and the follow up,“Shaolin Satellite“) launched the prolific ESL Music label and led to a series of dj-friendly but dubbed-out excursions of sound that propelled Hilton and Garza into stardom. With their Eighteenth Street Lounge label, the duo expanded the sonic output while keeping sounds tight in the pocket for a very refined collection of albums and singles that currently number into the hundreds. After 16 years of working together Thievery Corporation’s output of music and touring still hasn’t slowed down. Earlier this year, the duo released the  Culture of Fear LP and toured festivals worldwide to critical response.

As an LP, Culture of Fear brings a new layer of concept to Thievery Corporation’s refined productions of jazz, funk and dub. The album’s artwork features (simply) a conspicuous looking camera that has become part of our everyday urban landscape. The image and the lyrics on this album recall Orwell’s 1984 as well as a modern spin on political and economic control. “Seems to me like they want us to be afraid, man. Or maybe we just like being afraid. Or maybe we’re just so used to it at this point that it’s a part of us, part of our culture.” These words kick off the title track of the album and create a tension that lingers between conscious lyrics and space funk grooves.

So what does all this information mean to you, dear reader? Well most recently Thievery Corporation has teamed up with Dubspot to create a very special opportunity. It’s time to apply those production skills you’ve been honing and pull out some tricks you’ve learned because we’re giving you the opportunity to remix Thievery Corporation’s “Culture of Fear” single. The winning remix will be chosen by Hilton and Garza and will be released on wax by Eighteenth Street Lounge Music! In addition the winner will receive a copy of Ableton Live recording software and a choice of any course with Dubspot Online including Ableton Live, Logic, Mixing & Mastering, Sound Design, Digital DJing w/ Traktor Pro 2 and more! If you’d like to enter the contest please fill out the form below and we’ll send you links and information on how to receive the stems of “Culture of Fear.” Then drop your remix into our Soundcloud drop box and you’ll be entered into the competition. All entries must be received by February 4, 2012 to be eligible to win.


To enter this remix contest, please provide your first name, last name, and email address. We will then email you further instructions along with the individual parts for the track.

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Please read the contest rules and regulations at the bottom of this page. Your submission of a remix in this contest constitutes your agreement to these rules. All submissions must be received by February 4, 2012 to be eligible to win.

To help get you into the groove for this remix contest we’re also pleased to present a special night with Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza DJing at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. He’ll be joined by Novalima (Live) and Nickodemus (DJ set) for an evening of chilled-out jazz and funk grooves that you’ve come to expect from the ESL camp. If you are in or around New York on January 10, we hope to see you there!



TO ENTER: Download audio stems for “Culture of Fear” by supplying your e-mail address in the e-mail field provided above.  The audio can be modified and/or mixed with original audio files the entrant creates, using any platform the entrant chooses. All remixes must have elements of the stems. Entrants must submit their final and complete recording by uploading the remix to Dubspot’s Soundcloud DropBox, located above. The contest period will be between January 4, 2012 and February 4, 2012.

ELIGIBILITY: The Thievery Corporation Remix Contest is operated and hosted by Dubspot, Inc. on Dubspot’s website (www.dubspot.com).  The contest is open to individuals who are at least the age of majority in their state, province and/or country of residence or older at the time of entry and who are not presently signed to any record label or publisher under any exclusive agreements and/or other contractual arrangements which prohibit or might prohibit them from participating in any element of this contest. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR OTHERWISE.


All remixes must be in the following file formats: MP3, AIFF, WAV.
The use of un-cleared samples will be disqualified. An un-cleared sample is a musical work, loop or sample that is copyrighted. Participants are free to use royalty-free loops, the song stems, samples, and/or sounds the participant has originally created.

All rights of the producer and the owner of the recorded work are reserved. Unauthorized copying, hiring, renting, public performance and broadcasting of this record, remix, or remix parts are prohibited.

Entrants shall not use the stems in any manner or for any purpose other than for entering contest.

Entrants acknowledge that Dubspot has no obligation to use or post any remixes. By submitting a remix, entrants warrant and represent that: (a) the remix is entrant’s original work, (b) the remixes has not been previously published, (c) the remix has not previously received awards, (d) the remix does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; (e) Entrant has obtained permission from any person whose name or voice or performance is used in the remix; and (f) exploitation, use, display or performance of the remix via any form of media, will not infringe the rights of any third parties. Entrants shall indemnify and hold harmless, Dubspot and contest affiliates from any claims contrary to or in violation of these warranties and representations.


The artist and its designated appointees will select the winner and may, in their sole discretion, include the winner’s submission on an artist album and shall have no obligations, financial or otherwise, to the winners, except for those explicitly set forth in these official rules. Entrants acknowledge that Dubspot shall have no obligations, financial or otherwise, to the winners, except for those explicitly set forth in these official rules. Entrants give Dubspot the right to transmit the winner’s personal identifying information to the artist or to other contest parties for the purposes of facilitating the award of the contest prizes.

GRANT OF RIGHTS: By entering this contest, entrants assign away and transfer (as set forth below) any and all rights in the remixes on a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable and royalty-free basis, for any and all purposes including, but not limited to, display, public performance, posting for streaming and/or download, making of derivative works, reproduction, distribution, and all other means of exploitation of the remixes. Entrants agree that the artist, or a designee of artist, shall, from inception, own all right, title and interest in each remix (including, but not limited to, the copyrights in the sound recording) in perpetuity, free from any claims by entrant or any other person and all such works shall be deemed “works made for hire” for the Artist or such designee. Entrants shall have no ownership rights or interest whatsoever in the applicable Remix, and shall not commercially use or exploit the remix in any manner whatsoever. Entrant is permitted to use the stems solely for the creation of the remix. All submission materials and remixes are licensed by the artist, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license. Entrants may use the submission materials and remixes for non-commercial purposes outside of the contest without the permission of the artist so long as, in connection with each non-commercial use, the entrant makes appropriate attribution to the artist. For more information on the Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 license please see: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/.

By entering this contest, each entrant agrees: (i) that Dubspot has the right to use the entrant’s remixes and entrant’s name and likeness in any and all media in connection with promotion, publicity, marketing and advertising for and by contest parties, and in connection with this contest or other promotions by Dubspot as Dubspot sees fit, without any further notification or compensation to or of the entrant; (ii) that Dubspot shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any remixes in any manner and entrants shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason of Dubspot’s use or non-use of remixes; (iii) to be bound by these official rules; (iv) that entrants may be contacted by Dubspot via email regarding this contest; (v) to indemnify and hold Dubspot harmless from any and all claims, demands, causes of action and judgments (including attorney’s fees, court costs and expert’s fees) arising out of or relating to any breach by entrant of the terms and conditions of these rules, including any representations and warranties made herein. By entering this contest, each entrant agrees to sign and deliver to contest parties such documents as Dubspot may reasonably require to effectuate the rights and obligations granted in these rules.

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  • micaiah
  • 1/4/2012

it would help to know the tempo and key

  • mark
  • 1/4/2012

me too, tempo and key would be useful

  • Adrian
  • 1/4/2012

I think the tempo is 93 or really close to it. I’m not sure about the key. Use Melodyne or even Mixed in Key to help yourself out.

  • sweb
  • 1/4/2012

i found the tempo is around 73

  • Graham Spice
  • 1/4/2012

Tempo is between 90 and 95. The key is Bminor.

  • mike
  • 1/4/2012

do we have to use a piece of every stem?

  • mike
  • 1/4/2012

it says all remixs must have elements of the stems. Does that mean all eleven stems?

  • giant shadow
  • 1/4/2012

bpm is exactly 93 and key B minor

  • giant shadow
  • 1/4/2012

@mike you don’t have to use all the 11 stems but it has to be recognisable as a remix of the original.Mainly you have to use a good amount of the vocals,and bits from other stems (guitar,keys samples etc).Some people use only the remix stems while others only the vocals and programm everything else from scratch.I usually don’t use any drums and bass from the original,i pick some synth or guitar clips from the original,the vocals ofcourse and then adding all the rest myself.Make sure you’re on key and vocals are on time!

  • srihari
  • 1/4/2012

When will the results be announced?

  • tacklebox
  • 1/4/2012

I can’t believe I just found out about this tonight, during the Reason workshop! Only four days to give it a red hot go

  • tacklebox
  • 1/4/2012

Thanks for the Opportunity. Always nice to work with great material.


  • Sean Billingy
  • 1/4/2012


I would really like to submit my remix. However, my DAW is crashing when trying to export. I trying really hard to get this fixed. However, if somehow I don’t make the deadline, would it be possible to submit it a little later (within a reasonable boundary ofcourse)?

Thank you!

Sean Billingy

  • Markus Schmülblük
  • 1/4/2012

@ billy try to record the master bus while playing back the track. which daw do you use?

  • Markus Schmülblük
  • 1/4/2012

feel free to listen to my cof remix: http://soundcloud.com/njin/n-jin-culture-of-fear-remix

  • Sonny Delight
  • 1/4/2012

Can I submit ON the day of the 4th (tomorrow)?

  • Buanzo Arturo Alberto Busleiman
  • 1/4/2012

NO CARRIER is anxious :D