So after taking a few years off from music, I'm jumping back in and working with a few bands here in LA. doing Production and some remixes. My remixes are starting to get some attention, because apparently i have a knack for recreating a track that is entirely different than the original. For bands that are starting to Buzz around LA.
My secret? I completely start from scratch and pretty much just keep the vocal, and redesign the melody and atmosphere and... well just about everything else.
My music is very drony, full of echo, atmospheric and sometimes i feel like, while produced well, just doesnt have that final pro edge. I'm all for shopping it out to an engineer for finalization, But I would like to actually be able to pull it off myself.
Have a listen to a couple of my recent tracks. And give me some advice!
They dont sound all that bad to me...they just sound like something anyone with garageband could do. I dont mean to be rude and this style of work isnt what I do. When I hear it though, it just sounds like something I could do very easily I guess. Like I said though, it doesnt sound bad. Keep up the work.
and, I have to add the caveat that I typically do not do this type of music.... so, keep that in mind.
My first impression was:
1) the drum loop in your remix is not synced rhythmically with the rest of the band. This is particularly noticeable in the last beat of the loop (second measure) - when the snare hits the last 16th note in the phrase - the drum loop is rushed. My guess is that the original recording has a swing to it's rhythmic structure, while the remix drum loop is highly quantized/rhythmically strict. It just doesn't work.
2) I'm not digging the reverb on the snare. It's distorted and has a rhythmically odd pre-delay happening, which in turn makes the song's "space" feel secondary to the remix's drum loop.
My thoughts on the mix are that it is ok. However, when I listen to something that is remixed, I often wonder what it is bringing to the table that is different than the original mix. I'm not hearing much in this example except a highly effected drum loop and a few other reverb/delay based overlays. I believe this may be what the earlier poster mentioned as sounding like something that could have been done rather quickly - in garageband, even.
I'm hope I'm not putting you off, because I dig that you're working on it... and that you asked for advice. I hope my advice isn't taken as destructive; was hoping to be constructive.
As far as what its bringing to the table thats different from the original... its a completely new track. Only thing I kept was the vocals. The rest is me and Logic. and FM8 and MASSIVE and a kit I built in BATTERY.