Everybody loves a good remix. And most producers have fun creating them because it allows you to break out of your own box and explore another artist’s sound. Remixing can also help to launch your career (as it did for Dangermouse, for example) and expose your skills to an audience who previously hadn’t heard your music. These days many artists are offering remix contests and we actively encourage our students and readers to enter. You can gain exposure, learn some new skills and connect with like-minded musicians. In the spirit of this sentiment we’ve lined up a new remix contest with Beatport where you can win free Dubspot Online courses in Mixing and Mastering, Sound Design & Synthesis, Logic, or Ableton Live! In addition you could win a release on Wall Recordings, a copy of Traktor Scratch Pro 2, and $200 at Beatport. The track that you’ll be remixing is the Afrojack and Quintino’s club banger, “Selecta” which was released on Wall Recordings. Read more below from Beatport.
The track you’ll be remixing is Afrojack and Quintino‘s ”Selecta”—a supersized electro-house anthem brimming with a squealing lead, blissed-out chord stabs, and a breakdown that’s so mental, the record ought to come with a straightjacket. Throw in the dancehall sample of the title, and you’ve got a massive, massive tune—and the makings of a potentially enormous remix.
“Quintino and I have known each other since way back, when we were hustling small clubs and trying to get noticed as DJs,” says Afrojack. “We felt like hooking up and decided on trying to create a track that would be a strong energetic floor-filler with a touch of the music we used to make and play when we started out as DJs and producers. One night without sleep, and we were done. We both look forward to hearing how other people see and feel our music, so we are really anxious to see how they remix our work!”
For those ready to step up to the challenge, the stakes are high. To begin with, the winning remix will be released on Wall Recordings —a mouthwatering reward all on its own. The producer of the winning remix also takes home a deluxe prize package including Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro; an online music-production course from Dubspot (choice of one of the following: Mixing and Mastering, Sound Design & Synthesis, Logic, or Ableton Live—a value of $2495); $200 in Beatport credit; and Sounds To Sample’s Elements Library.
The top spun entry, as voted by the Beatport community, will receive $50 in Beatport credit. However, the team at Wall Recordings will listen to all entries submitted, making this your chance to get your remix heard by the right people; they will select their 20 favorites to submit to Afrojack for his final judgment.
To help you get started on your path to stardom we leave you with a great tutorial on warping tracks for remixes. Acclaimed violinist, sound designer, Ableton Certified Trainer and Dubspot Instructor Laura Escudé shows us how to warp tracks for remixing in Ableton Live by going through a step by step process of getting the remix parts for the Metric song “Help I’m Alive” into Ableton, syncing them up and getting them warped so that you can start to add your own parts.