Still buzzing off their opening set for Jauz in Chicago and a surprise back-to-back with The Chainsmokers, the blossoming duo continues to keep the summertime vibe alive with a lush new original, “Wait For You.”
While these two have been on a hot streak when it comes to original productions, they’ve quite the knack when it comes to cooking up remixes and edits of some of the biggest tracks out.
We caught up with Ship Wrek to get some tips when it comes to being successful in the remix game.
1. Track Selection
Choose a record that connects with you and has room for variation. You don’t have to always pick a huge record to remix. The quality of a remix will always come out better if you already enjoy the original song. We find our workflow is a lot smoother when we’re having fun remixing a favorite tune!
2. Forming a Game Plan
Find the key and bpm of the track in either Rekord Box or google it on Beatport and line it up in your daw, then get comfortable with the track and each section of it – this helps in the beginning by just getting a feel of what you’re working with and makes it a lot easier later on since everythings already lined up
3. Play with the Tempo and Pitch
Find key elements of the track that can be isolated to use to flip the original work – Like a vocal or an important breakdown section that gives the feel of the original song.
4. Use Parts of the Original Track
Don’t be afraid to stray away from the original version (ie the structure, the sounds, the key, the bpm, etc.) – Try to get creative with remixes and don’t always feel like you must preserve the original (you can always just add more stuff in from the original at the end)
5. Adding Your Signature Sound
Test the remix on the dance floor – If it doesn’t get the crowd moving, it’s time to go back in the project and fix elements that WILL get them moving.