Wick-it on What Constitutes a “Remix”

Image via Wick-it on Facebook
Image via Wick-it on Facebook

One of the reasons we know that EDM isn’t going anywhere is how easy it is to get a name. For anyone to be heard, all they need to do is obtain some software, upload a remix to SoundCloud, and get people talking. (There’s a shitload of other things in there, but come on, we’re not going to talk about mixing and mastering right now) With one of the easiest ways for people to get noticed is by producing a huge remix of a current hit, you end up getting inundated with tons of weak remixes, refixes, and bootlegs coming out of the woodwork, to the point where we throw up our hands and say “stop remixing these tracks!”

It’s interesting to see it from the other side, though. Wick-it, who has a boatload of remixes under his belt, took to Facebook after hearing numerous remixes of his material out there. His key point is an interesting one: how much original production needs to be on a remix? He says that if you strip away the track he’s remixing, his remixes still would contain about 85% original material. In a world where proper credit needs to be given on material you’re putting your name on, it’s an extra element that should be considered. And for what it’s worth, this is exactly why we stressed the importance of properly tagging your music.