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Remixers #36 of WhoSampled.com: “Creativity is key”

whosampled-LOGOThe “Remixer” series features interviews with people involved in remix practices and culture, asking them about their experiences and approaches towards remix. This time: the Team behind whosampled.com.

WhoSampled is a website and mobile app that contain the world’s largest database of sample-based music, cover songs and remixes. The service was set up 5 years ago to help fans connect the dots in the music universe and discover the originals behind the music they love. We contacted co-founder Nadav Poraz, who chose to involve the whosampled-team in answering the questions.

Why did you engage in the endeavor of WhoSampled? What were the challenges?

We were always huge fans of sample-based music and found that discovering the originals behind sample-based tracks is the most amazing way to understand what artists influenced our favorite artists and discover older music. We wanted to spread the appreciation of sample-based music and get more people to experience that amazing feeling that happens when you discover the original sample in a track you love. Our challenges were similar to those of many other community-driven websites: gaining an audience, building a community and handling the influx of incoming content.

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Remixer #35 Ticklish: “A good remix keeps the soul of the track”

The “Remixer” series features interviews with people involved in remix practices and culture, asking them about their experiences and approaches towards remix. This time: Ticklish.

Ticklish

Ticklish

Ticklish produces juke and footwork flavoured electronic music since about 1 and a half years now. He is part of the  Weboogie crew based in Berlin and always busy working on tracks and collaborations.

What constitutes a good remix in your opinion?

A good remix keeps the soul of the remixed track and gives it a new body fitting into the new context. The remixers handwriting should distinguish itself from the original and can overwrite the former idea, if you ask me.

In which way are you using works of others for your own work?

Samples are a great source of inspiration for me, sometimes I just play around with a track or acapella I like and it magically transforms into a whole track in a short period of time. I sometimes even take away the original sample at the end, if it becomes superfluous. Even then the starting point of the whole process was the sample.

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Remixer #34 Elisa Kreisinger: “Nothing is Truely Original”

The series “Remixer” features interviews with people involved in remix practices and culture, asking them about their experiences and approaches towards remix. This time:  Elisa Kreisinger, a self-declared Pop Culture Pirate.

Elisa Kreisinger

Elisa Kreisinger

Elisa Kreisinger is a video remixer and mashes up American pop culture TV shows like Mad Men and Sex and the City into new, different, more subversive narratives. She makes these for both an art and an internet audience.  Her work can be found at popculturepirate.com.

From your point of view, what makes a great remix?

I love remix but my favorites are those that mix hi and low culture, for example, mixing a pop culture text with feminist theory or post modern theory. The best remixes use pop culture as the spoon full of sugar to make the socio-political critique go down.

How do you use or re-use works of others in your own works?

I rely on fair use which is a right we have in the US under copyright law that allows anyone to use copyright material without permission as long as it’s transformative. Fair use is an important safety valve that allows new culture and innovations to built upon the past.

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Remixer #32 Melissa Logan: “Remix allows cultural renewing”

The series “Remixer” features interviews with people involved in remix practices and culture, asking them about their experiences and approaches towards remix. This time: Melissa Logan, co-founder of Chicks on Speed.

Melissa Logan

Melissa Logan

In 1997, Melissa Logan founded Chicks on Speed with Alex Murray-Leslie at the Akadamie of Art in Munich with a very clear idea of working as a multi modal collective in culture and rejecting the notion of the isolated artist genius. Chicks on Speed toured the world as a electronic pop group, made performance art pieces for MOMA, Tate, Pompidou, MOMAK, etc. and develop wearable technology pieces which they call Objektinstruments. This includes a series of apps and are made possible with the kind support of ZKM Karlsruhe and Initiative Musik.

Right now, you are working on an app to play and mix music – how will it work?

The app we are building is based on the classic DJ set up of two record players with a mixer, it includes some effects, pitch control and of course one can scratch. A second window holds the record ‘shelf’ and we are looking into how to lend or share, or give away mixes to other users.

From your point of view, what makes a great remix?

A great remix adds layers of depth to a song and reworking the music and lyrical content makes it more precise, cutting or updated. Music is a art that is very connected to the now, every place in time needs it’s music, the summer hit, album of the year. Great songs can stay around for generations and the remix allows this cultural renewing necessary for a song to catch up to us.

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Remixer #31 Andreas Paleologos: “Like when your’re making a cover song”

The series “Remixer” features interviews with people involved in remix practices and culture, asking them about their experiences and approaches towards remix. This time: Andreas Paleologos aka CUCKOO.

Andreas Paleologos

Andreas Paleologos

Andreas Paleologos works as an animator and a visual artists for a living, and hopes to eventually making an income as a musician as well. He had his first CUCKOO concert in 2009 and has released one album and a couple of singles. In 2012, he adopted YouTube as his main platform for publishing music. More about CUCKOO on cuckoo.no.

From your point of view, what makes a great remix?

A great remix has got an element of surprise, a good dose of playfulness, and ultimately makes a dull original song fantastic.

How do you use or re-use works of others in your own works?

Well, when I occasionally make remixes it most of the time involves remixing a music video, and putting myself or others into the remixed music video. Most of the time I’m using bits and pieces of the original song, and I create a sort of cover version of the song, bringing to life emotions that are absent in the original, and sort of making it into my own cuckoo version.

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