Remixing or making bootlegs of tracks is an art in itself and involves adding , removing or changing a piece of media. Although it might , more often than usual, seem a lot simpler than actually making the track , there sure is a lot of hard work that goes into it as well.
The possibilities of remixing , just as it is for making a track, are endless and can range from minor edits to a song to even a completely new piece. Also dropping remixed tracks during live sets are a great way to liven up the crowd and might even end up better than the original. But it all comes down to several small factors that one must look into before starting a mix and so here are some rather useful tips to follow while making remixes.
1. Song Selection
First and foremost , it all comes down to the selection of the right track . It should be one that can be worked upon easily and all in all would sound good once remixed.
2. Listen to other Remixes
If your having trouble trying to find that spark to kick things off, listening to other such remixes for inspiration or to draw ideas from, should really do the trick. You could listen to remixes of the same song or songs of the similar genre but be sure not to copy the remix in any way.
Once you have the track in mind and the basic idea in place, then begins the brainstorming of ideas. Make sure you have a good listen to the original track and jot down what parts of the track you would like to work on. Whether its a part of the base line or a melody that complements the vocals, its all left to your own unique creativity.
4. Think out of the Box
Making the most of your creativity in any form of art only has its boons and so feel free to do so. Especially if your still lacking that spark to kick things off with the remix, you can consider starting a new track and work your way into the remix with that. But be sure not to go over board as the whole point of the remix is to keep traces of the original track.
5. Choosing the right content
Ideally having access to the acapella or stems of the original track is the best way to set a base and start remixing . But should you not have access to these, one must fine tune themselves into selecting the the right parts of a track. For instance, you could use the breakdown containing the vocals and build on it.
Two golden rules include trusting your ears and following a minimalist approach in your remixing. Don”t unnecessarily complicate things and moreover its absolutely okay to keep the remix rather similar to the original, by just changing the bass line for instance while the tune remains similar. This is a great way to start too.
Working with another like minded artist is a great and fun way to blend ideas and come up with something way more creative.
8. Get things in place
Arrange all the ideas in place as soon as possible so that you will get a clear picture as to where your remix is heading and how best you can make changes in the quickest time .
9. Make alternative remixes
It goes without saying that by the end of the remix, you would be left with a lot of ideas and implementing all of them would not sound great. So you could make multiple remixes and implement various different ideas like featuring parts from artists other songs, slip in parts of the original track like a bass drum or a beat from the original during the transition, adding effects like reverb, filter and even chopping up the acapella and make your own unique tune with the individual bits and so on.
10. Trademark tune
Creating your own melody or tune to enhance the sound of the remix can make it as good as the original if not better if done right. Also once you have gotten a hang of remixing , you can start creating your own trademark tune or style . Something like a signature intro or effect that people will associate only to your remixes.
Here are certain marvelous remixes , that you can surely draw inspiration to start too.