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Remixer #23 Robin Skouteris: “There is art in combining things”

Robin Skouteris

Robin Skouteris

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

Robin Skouteris is a video & music producer, and a DJ, living in Greece. He does video directing and editing occasionally, but only if they are very music related. Many of his recent Mashups can be found on his YouTube-Channel.

Can you tell us something about your artistic background?

Film or video and music have always been my two huge passions in life. For many years as a kid I wanted to be a film and video director, but music itself was my best companion. I have worked in television, directing some documentaries and music videos for independent greek artists, and ended up leaving that because it was a very social procedure for me. Wanting to work more by myself, I started remixing the tracks I loved, making this my main work. After putting my first mixes on the web and receiving great feedback, I was invited to clubs to present my work, and that was when I started thinking more seriously about DJing. I didn’t like the idea before that, because I never liked to play other people’s music as long as I hadn’t put a personal touch in it. It wouldn’t separate me from most of the DJs out there, and I wanted to have my own sound. DJing and producing remixes and mashups has been my main work for the last years, and it has been a dream coming true. It has been spreading around the world and bringing me some great work and collaborations.

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

I think a great remix is a remix that stands on its own as a track. You don’t need to compare it to the original. In fact, it should be able to make you forget about the original. I never cared if its way different than the original, because, for example, a great remix can be just an extended mix. But the remixer should be able to find out what made the original good and enhance on that. It’s all about the melody. A great mix is not always a dance mix. It can be slower than the original, which is a rare fact as most of us link the idea of a remix to a club mix. But in my head, the remix should be standing on its own so much that if you heard that first you would think this was the original. It has to feel authentic and well structured.

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

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Remixer #22 Isosine: “We’re a multimedia generation”

Isosine

Isosine

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

Isosine is a remix producer and mashup artist. The mashups are all completely free and will always be available for free download. The works can be found on isosine.com and other platforms such as YouTube or Soundcloud.

How would you describe your artistic work in your own words?

I make mashups, which are a combination of two or more separate musical (but not always) recordings combined into one cohesive mix. This gives me the opportunity to recontextualize or juxtapose different elements of different songs. It’s really interesting and fun in general because mashups are so easily enjoyable and I think everyone likes to be surprised every once in a while.

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

Not worrying what people think makes a good remix. Taking chances makes a good remix. Ignoring the “rules” makes a good remix because, realistically, there are no rules. I think occasionally venturing out into new territory is a good thing and helps music evolve.

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Remixer (3) DJ Morgoth: “Wollte meinem Vater keinen Rechtsstreit antun”

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In der Serie “Remixer/in” erzählen Menschen über ihre Erfahrungen und Einstellungen zum Thema Remix und Remix-Kultur. Dieses Mal DJ Morgoth. Der 28jährige Berliner zog nach dem Studiumsabschluss als “Wirtschaftsflüchtling” nach Frankfurt am Main und produziert seit 2006 in seiner Freizeit Mashups, die er kostenlos über seine Webseiten zum Download anbietet. Im Jahre 2007 gründete er das Online-Label “Mash-Up Your Bootz” gegründet. Unter diesem Label erscheint monatlich ein kostenloser Party-Sampler mit den neuesten und bestens Mashups aus der Netzszene. Nach 6 Jahren gibt es bereits mehr als 70 Volumes, zahlreiche Specials und jährliche Best-Of-Compilations mit weit über 1.000 Mashups. Alles kostenlos.

Was macht für Dich einen guten Remix aus?

Ich finde es musikalisch sehr reizvoll verschiedene Stilrichtungen und Zeitalter miteinander zu kombinieren. Dazu gehört sicher auch eine gewisse Prise Humor.

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