Remixer #18 Alexander Støver: “I don’t have that kind of money”

Alexander Støver

Alexander Støver

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

Alexander Støver describes himself as “a robot sent from the future to destroy the popollution.” All his work is free and acts as a critique on the current state of popular music.

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

The same story being told from a different perspective. A great remix pays homage to the original while at the same time bringing something new to the equation.

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

Subconsciously I use the work of others in every aspect of my production. If I am making a remix I try to identify what the original was trying to convey and work from there.

Have you ever abstained from using a work because of legal issues and why?

Yes, because I don’t have that kind of money.

Have you ever had legal problems related to your artistic works?

Not really, no. Collection agencies infuriate me, though. Their intentions may be noble, but in my experience they’re more of a nuisance than anything else.

What is your opinion on the idea to introduce a remunerated right to remix?

On the one hand, I think artists should be able to protect their work, but I don’t believe in stifling creativity either. It’s a tricky question that doesn’t have an easy answer. That being said I won’t support legislation that would force artists to accept exploitative derivations of their work.

Finally, what is your personal favorite remix?

Too many to mention. Of more recent tracks I’d say Justice’s “Electric Feel” remix is amazing.

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