The original mix was already an amazing tune – great movement, great chords, and a great vibe, and it blew me away when I first heard it. The vibe was on.
So I figured that for a remix, the best thing to do would be to go for something pretty different than the original, while still maintaining the essence of the melody. A first consideration was finding the what that essence was – there’s a melody stab line and a legato countermelody after the break in the original, and either could be considered the “main” melody depending on your viewpoint. I ended up choosing the former, as it to me was the most memorable element of the original.
Folks who know me know that I love fracking with chord progressions, so I ended up changing Vintage & Morelli’s original progression into a whole new direction, then using that as a starting point to redesign the track. I envisioned a strong all-in “chorus”, so big stabs were the word of the day, but also wanted to do it in a way that wasn’t cheesy or overdone. One bit that really helped that was taking Vintage & Morelli’s original piano line and turning it into a countermelody of its own – the dreamy tonality of that really helps the mix achieve more of an otherworldly feel.
I knew I wanted some tougher sounds in there too, so after getting the progression and basic lead melody sound nailed down I started playing with some more aggressive bass sounds and patterns, and stressing the frack out of some percussion elements to get a sort of “tribal-meets-electro-meets-trance” feel. It’s always fun to work on percussion in remixes like this because you have a wide play for sonics so long as you emphasize the underlying rhythm properly.
Also, I wanted to have some sort of chops/stops in the melody, as I both thought that would sound good as part of Adrenalin Room’s sonic palette, and also be a great compliment/counterpoint to the flowy nature of the melody in the original.
The results are up here – so hope you dig it!
Would be curious to hear any and all thoughts on it, and stay tuned for the official release coming on March 7th!