THE META-REMIX. IT’S NOT A REMIX NOR A MASH-UP. SO WHAT IS IT?
DJs around the world are raving about the META-REMIX
Mark Loren is a successful DJ/songwriter from Italy with songwriting credits for high profile artists like Corona. He has also gained experience producing tracks with the official remixers of major artists such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Bob Sinclar.
You may have heard his version of the classic track ‘Sugar’ by Robin Schulz. It’s not a typical remix, nor is it a mash-up. Instead it’s a new concept: the META-REMIX.
A few months ago when Mark was playing at a big event, he wanted to play ‘Sugar’. He had just bought the complete remix-pack but lacked the time to listen to each remix before the gig. After quickly browsing through the material, he couldn’t pick a favorite, so therefore he decided to play them all.
Mark Loren: “I loaded all of the remixes on the 4 decks of my controller and started playing with parts of the original song. It was a lot of fun and It worked out really well. People went crazy and then it all started!”
The Meta-Remix was born.
“I then defined the meta-remix as a composition or mix created by mixing 2 or more remixes of a song, possibly combined with the original version of the song. The prefix “meta” means that you create the remix of the remix with a distinctive new identity..
“The idea for this term came from my studies at the University of Bologna. At that time, I used to study semiotics. A friend of mine and I used to talk for hours about it. He was the assistant of Umberto Eco, a famous semiologist who wrote the best seller/movie “The Name of the Rose.”
“In fact, in semiotics studies, the term “meta” is used to explain codes of communication. I thought it was perfect to explain the difference between a mash up, a remix and my DJing technique. To further explain, I wrote a so-called ‘Manifesto of the Meta-Remix,’ a declaration text similar to what Futurists did in the early twentieth century, such as the Italian artist Marinetti. Even if in the past we can find similar mixing approaches, the manifesto explains why this is a brand new mixing philosophy, celebrating the creativity of the DJ as an artist.”
The meta-remix only has artistic and promotional value and doesn’t claim copyright. However, it does have the ability to extend the life of releases. For example, Mark’s meta-remix of Sugar has gained a lot of popularity worldwide, including praise from Select Radio (UK), Radio Darmstadt (Germany), Beatsmedia (UK) and Jason Lin of Billboard (USA) who felt it was the best mix of the song.
As a DJ, Mark recently played numerous gigs in Ibiza, one of his favorite places to spin and the heart of dance music in Europe.
Mark Loren: “Ibiza was awesome! The vibe you have there is unique. All the club goers are very selective. When it comes to my sets, I play a lot of house and deep house with slight influences of tech house. My sets showcase a lot of energy and I love to play with vocals. Perfect for the island.”
As mentioned, Mark has gained a lot of experience working with other DJs and producers for mainstream artists.
Mark Loren: “I love pop music because I think it has a deep impact on people and can give a lot of energy. So, producing music with a mainstream appeal is fun for me. It generates very good feelings and I love to play with vocals and melodies. Right now I’m working on a new track featuring a great American rapper. Check it out on my social media.”
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MANIFESTO OF THE META-REMIX
The neologism “meta-remixing” affirms the art of remixing remixes. This is an artistic expression by which a DJ expresses, explores and shows their mixing and creative abilities bringing to new life a third mix (called meta: i.e. a remix of the remix) which has a distinctive new identity. The meta-remix is a composition or mix created by mixing 2 or more remixes of a song/track possibly combined with the same song or part of it. The meta-remix can be achieved by overlaying the remixes of the track seamlessly over the original track (or part of it) or by overlaying and mixing the remixes only. It’s an artistic form of music. It can be done at a live performance, or recording in a studio.
The meta-remix is the result of a complex DJing technique, which follows strict performance and moral rules:
The meta-remix is achieved by mixing only official remixes of the song (or parts of it) combined with each other or with the song itself, for the purpose of creating an alternative track.
A meta-remix is strictly composed of original parts of the song and of the remixes. The DJ never introduces external elements such as grooves, effects, vocals or parts of other songs.
The meta-remix credits clearly attribute all rights to the original owners, composers and remixers of the song.
The meta-remix is created for artistic and promotional purposes by respecting a “fair use” doctrine of copyright law. It is aimed to benefit both the DJ who has created it and the original authors/artists/remixers of the song, by generating further interest, buzz and exposure to the original song and the meta-remixer.
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