Ultimate guide to remixing part 1

"Over the past few years, remixing has become big business. Not only does it provide a reliable way to promote the original artist to a wider audience but also, if it works, it gives both DJ and clubbers a chance to hear and dance to another version of an already good choon. However, for those who are a little unsure about the whole prospect of remixing a track, over the next couple of months, I'm going to cover how I approached, contorted, programmed and arranged some of the original samples from the FM119 Justin Robertson Everpresent competition into the remix that you can find on this month's cover CD."

"Before we start though, the first and most important thing to note with any remix is that the record company are usually after a more commercial version of the original recording. With this in mind, for the Justin Robertson remix, I've opted for the typical, rather cliché (I'll apologise to the purists now!) dance club mix."

"I should point out, however, that cliché isn't something that should be avoided like the plague. The whole idea is to make a mix more commercially acceptable and often this does involve using the current vogue. Of course, this means the remix may date more quickly, but if it's managed to shift units and got the original artist a bigger audience then it's served its real purpose."

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