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 stemsI 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!