So, remixes work.
2012/10/16 No Comments »
I didn’t quite know what to expect, but it seems that a bit of namedropping and some hours of intensive work actually, well … work. I’ve loved Gangnam Style since I first laid ears and eyes on it, and I found the acappella lying around online, so I HAD to have a go. It was a strangely goal-oriented endeavour for me: when I realised I could get my hands on the acappella, I immediately decided that yes – I’m going to remix it. I simply sat down and worked intensively for somewhere between five and eight hours, and bam! – it was done. I let it rest over the night and then came back to it and finished it up. And after a mere two or three days, it had become my most popular track ever (at the time of writing this, it is still beaten by – surprise, surprise – another remix in terms of number of plays, but the Bubble Butt remix has been online for two years, and of course got a huge kick-start as it was promoted by Tom Cosm.
Looking at my stats (which I guess I’ll only have access to for another week or so, as my pro account is about to expire), the a lot of the listeners came from Reddit – I’ll have to have a closer look at this Reddit thing; I have no idea how I caught their attention – maybe my tagging worked?
One thing that I’ve learnt now that I’ve done some remixes of songs with vocals, i.e. more “poppy” songs, is that I’m really unable to make one of those minimal remixes that use only a certain hook or some very limited elements of the original. I can’t resist the temptation to use the whole vocal track (and it’s not often I get the opportunity to work with an acappella stem).
Anyway; it was a fun weekend, and I appreciate the feedback.