I have recently discovered a new passion for remixing older songs. There are so many classic songs, especially from the 60's or 70's, that I find could use a bit of a face lift. Many of these songs I regularly play at my DJ gigs. But, some of these classic's simply lack energy, most often in the drum or bass category.
My most recent remix features Stevie Wonder's monster hit "Superstition". Here are some tips I find help me to create great remixes:
Listen to the original song: Before you start remixing, it's important to understand the structure and elements of the original song. Listen to it carefully and take note of the tempo, key, chords, melody, and instrumentation.
Choose your remix style: Decide what kind of remix you want to make. Will it be a dance remix, a hip-hop remix, or something else? Think about how you want to change the original song to fit your style.
Create a new beat: To give the remix a fresh sound, you can create a new beat or use samples from other songs. Experiment with different drum sounds and rhythms until you find something that works well with the original song.
Use effects: Effects can add depth and texture to your remix. Try using reverb, delay, and other effects to create a new atmosphere for the song.
Add new elements: You can add new elements to the remix, such as new instruments or vocal samples. Be creative and experiment with different sounds until you find something that complements the original song.
Keep the essence of the original: Remember to keep the essence of the original song intact. Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" has a timeless groove and melody, so make sure your remix doesn't stray too far from the original.
Master the final product: Once you've finished the remix, make sure to master it properly. This will ensure that the final product sounds polished and professional.
Overall, have fun with the remix process and be creative. With a little experimentation and imagination, you can create a fresh and exciting new remix.