The Power of the Remix
The standard definition of a remix is to take a really good track or even a not so great track and reinvent it using a world of musical colors. Those colors could be a mash up with a different genre, taking it from a ballad to a dance track (or vice versa), or changing up the vocalist from a male to a female or the other way around. However the game has changed and major players are collaborating to put out a “Block party” hit that combines all of the things that I mentioned above.
Music is a fast paced industry that requires artists to think outside the box and constantly be pressing the envelope to find that new “it” thing. Willing to press forward and take chances to hopefully press gems from a pieces of coal. The foundation of some of these producers are to take music to the limits of what people never knew was possible, which leads to an unbelievable and memorable experience.
Let’s take a look at some of popular power collaborations and remixes:
1. Dirty Sexy Money – David Guetta & Afrojack featuring French Montana and Charlie XCX
2. I Took a Pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner (Seeb Remix)
3. It Aint Me – Selena Gomez, Kygo, Tiesto
4. All of Me – John Legend, Tiesto, Jason Agel
5. Bad at Love – Halsey, Dillon Francis
6. Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi, Steve Aoki, MGMT, Ratatat
For me these collaborations help open doors to artists I have never listened to and makes music more accessible all in one shot. The coming together of talents helps explore the possibilities of what can be done plus it dispels the narrative that the music industry is full of divas whose egos get in the way of the art. Not to say that it doesn’t exist but it’s partnerships like these that help keep things fresh, inventive, and full of imagination.