It’s a very broad question but growing up listening to ’90s indie, heavy rock and grunge, remixes weren’t exactly something I sought out. The one thing I always skipped were the remix b-sides included on singles where the label thought it was necessary to branch out. Often pointless, made for the dance floor, lesser version of the single. Somewhere down the line I did change my mind, I discovered that there were remix acts who managed to add their distinguished sound and worked hard to improve upon the original. Some of these acts were Massive Attack and UNKLE.
While I’ve broaden my musical perspective, no longer being bound to a few genres, not much have changed in the remix scene. We still get remixes which are only made to get the singles more club friendly, Lana Del Rey’s EDM hits is a typical example. But we’ve got acts such as RAC, Jamie XX, Four Tet and Jon Hopkins who add creativity in the mix. But still, coming from genres such as metal or hard rock – I would find it difficult to find the appeal even in 2015?
Do you have any favorite remixers? What’s your take on the current remix scene? As we’re going to discuss this on an upcoming podcast episode, I hope you don’t mind me naming your username if you comment.