And now we begin part two of this blog series about … Like Ashes – the Remixes (check out part one on the bonus tracks here).
Over the course of three albums (and three companion albums) I’ve now had 13 amazing musicians remix my work. Every time it’s such a unique and interesting experience, getting to hear somebody else interpret and change music that I created. This time around, I feel like the remixers created some truly awesome stuff, and I definitely hope that a lot of people actually get to check these remixes out. Here’s the list.
1. Burnout (Hide & Seek Remix) by Mt/Mz
I’ve been friends with DJ Michael Toast of Mt/Mz (and of my jewish-comedy-rap group FA-COCK-TA) for over a decade. I’ve been wanting him to do a remix for me since my first album, so it was awesome that he was not only finally able to do one, but able to bring along his partner Marlo to add some amazing electric violin to the track. This is a truly killer remix, and later this year, there might even be a music video made for it…
– Find more about MT/MZ and their music at http://www.facebook.com/mtmzmusic
2. Angel (Back to Back Remix) by Adrian Star
As we all know my two biggest influences in music are The Cure and Depeche Mode, and Adrian Star is a musician I met a couple years back who not only has the same influences, but actually makes really amazing albums of authentic, new music in that style. His work is something I actually listen to a lot just because I enjoy it, and I was so glad that he was down to do a remix. He brought some analog synth authenticity to my track “Angel.”
– Find more about Adrian Star and his music at http://www.adrianstar.com
3. Constellations (Star Map Remix) by DJ Day Won
I’ve known DJ Day Won for a few years now. He’s a really talented DJ but I didn’t know much of his compositional skills. Still, I thought maybe he’d be interested in doing a remix, and wow did he kill this thing. As far as the term “remix” goes, I think his version of “Constellations” is one of my favorites I’ve ever had done. It’s unique, fun, exciting, and still totally keeps the spirit of the original version. Hopefully I’ll make it out to one of the events he’s DJing one of these days and he’ll be able to slip this remix on for me haha.
– Find more about DJ Day Won and his music at http://soundcloud.com/djdaywon
4. Under The Dust (Deep Breath Remix) by Mike Kelleher
I know Mike Kelleher as the other composer that composes scores for films from Free Your Mind Films (if I’m not mistaken, I think all of their vast library of short films have been scored by either me or him). We’ve become friends ever since and he was the first person I asked to do a remix for a song from Head Like Fire. I’m really glad he was down to do it, because this ambient, cinematic version of “Under The Dust” is a beautiful reimagining of the original, and I even made a little music video to go with it that I’ll put up as soon as I get a chance to finish it.
– Find more about Mike Kelleher and his music at http://www.composermike.com
5. Impossible (Final Attempt Remix) by David Rosen
Last but not least… Another remix by me! This is only the 2nd time I’ve ever remixed my own song (the first being the “Forgotten (I Almost Remember)” remix on Another Sky). I think I’m getting better at it, and this was a really cool one to do. “Impossible” is a weird song for me in that sometimes I listen to it and just really love it, but sometimes I listen to it and think “ahhh… I don’t know… I’m not sure if I like how this song turned out” haha. So it was the clear choice for me to go back and remix for … Like Ashes. Honestly, I like both versions, but I’m happy I took the time to make this alternate take on the track.
And that does it! Three albums and three companion albums done. Who knew when I released my first album in 2013 that I’d have put so much music out by now or that I’d have collaborated with all these amazing muscians on these awesome remixes? Coming up next will be more This Thing Rules blog posts (all with new music… and one with another remix that I did of one of my old songs!), and then I’ll be putting together a couple of compilation albums of some unrelased music of mine… And then? Who knows… Album #4 is cooking up in my mind… No idea when it’ll happen… But the wheels are turning.
Thanks for reading. And thanks for listening. And thanks to the remixers for doing their thing.
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