I did some remixing this week and a lot of collaborating.
This week I remixed a song for the first time in a while: Kiss Me Thru The Phone by Soulja Boy. This was one of my favorite songs growing up, so I decided to give it a modern touch. Remixing a song with vocals is usually tough. This is because its virtually impossible to remove the drums from a track; the part that thwarts you from making extreme changes. Luckily there are many sites where there are things called “acapellas”. An acapella is just the vocal track of a song. These can come from either the artist releasing it/it being leaked, or a skilled producer EQing* the vocals out of the track. You can listen to my version of Kiss Me Thru The Phone here.
*EQing is typically equalizing. You may have an equalizer in your car, or on your phone. Equalizing is the act of boosting a certain frequency, ie. bass boosting or treble boosting. In this case, EQing is a broader term; it means basically equalizing and phase inverting a certain part of the track out, which isn’t always possible. The vocals reside in a certain frequency range (typically 3-7kHz, unless you have a really strange voice). Now what is phase inverting? Phase inverting is when you create similar frequencies as a song, then cut them from the track; thus isolating the part of the track you want. In this case it’s the vocals. These two combined, with a lot of work, can bring a “DIY acapella” into fruition.
What else did I do? I did a lot of collaborating. In the electronic music world this happens when an artist sends a work-in-progress beat to another artist, and the other artist finishes it or works on it back and forth until you have created a collaborative work of art. I’m collaborating with Halpe, Explore, and Goldwater.
You can listen to my works from this week here.