The Impact of Remixes and the Power of Social Media

The Power of Remixes

The remix is an art form with a long history. It dates back to the earliest pop music, when “extended mixes” were included on vinyl 12-inch singles.

In his mix for Fabric Presents, Leon Vynehall balances muscle with depth. A percussive workout mixes with deep house and cavernous techno, before a trance-inducing edit of Burial’s sultry hit.

Bhad Bhabie & Lil Candy Paint

This remix of 22 explores the complexities of love, trust issues, and personal insecurities. It highlights a couple’s struggle to maintain a loving connection despite these challenges. The chorus sung by Lil Candy Paint conveys a deep connection and sincerity, and encourages the girl to believe her. He also mentions their frequent arguments for no apparent reason, suggesting a lack of communication and understanding.

He also mentions pouring codeine into Sprite, which may indicate his use of drugs to deal with relationship issues. He also talks about their expensive car, implying that they are wealthy. Despite their flaws, they express their love for each other and want to have a genuine relationship free of groupies.

This remix is a testament to the power of social media. The original 22 has been streamed over 2.7 million times on Spotify, and the remix has already exceeded that number. The song’s popularity has also led to an increase in the rapper’s fame.

Lil Zeikenov

A remix can have a big impact on the popularity of a song. For example, when a producer named Audien uploaded his version of Pompeii on SoundCloud, it became one of the most popular songs at two of the biggest EDM festivals in the world – Electric Daisy Carnival and Coachella. Since then, the song has become a staple on music lovers’ playlists.

Kazakh producer Imanbek Zeikenov was living in a rural village when he illegally remixed SAINt JHN’s woozy 2016 hit “Roses.” His remix turned the song into an inescapable TikTok smash, with rows of sweatshirted teens wriggling along to its relentlessly thwacking bass.

In the remix, Imanbek sped up the vocals and pitch-shifted them to chipmunk octaves. This made the track more recognizable to audiences and helped it to rise up the charts around Europe. The other trick he used was to remove some of the original instrumentation, which made it lighter and more danceable.


After years spent writing songs for Usher, Jidenna and Hoodie Allen, SAINt JHN finally got the push he needed to step into his own spotlight. His debut album, Collection One, dropped in 2018. The same year, his anthem “Roses” (via the Kazakh DJ Imanbek remix) became an international hit, climbing to the top 40 in the US and topping charts in Australia, Ireland and the UK.

The Guyanese New Yorker carries himself with the calm of someone who knows he’s on to something big. His voice and lyrics unwind a narrative of intertwined self-expression, artistic obsession and the drive to escape systemic poverty.

He and producer Lee Stashenko, who goes by the moniker f a l l e n, built their melodic trap sound inside of a Bushwick apartment that Stashenko shared with two roommates. Ask Stashenko if SAINt JHN would be as successful without him and he immediately dismisses the idea. He calls the duo a “destiny.” They’ve already previewed a new song at Lollapolooza to a cheering crowd and a treasure trove of unreleased music awaits.


Last year Finnish energy drink company Battery launched a special edition of their popular remix series flavor, Remix 22. This limited-time product was named in collaboration with the renowned pop artist Isac Elliot, and featured an eye-catching pink and blue can design that was designed to appeal to younger consumers.

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Creating a Remix: Techniques and Tips

What is a Remix?

A remix is a musical work that refreshes the signature sound of a track with new creative elements. When working on a remix you need to have good source material.

For example, if you plan to remix a song with a vocal, make sure to have the acapella ready for use. It’s also helpful to sketch out an arrangement for the remix as a reference.


Music stems are isolated tracks of a song that contain different musical elements like bass, drums, vocals, keys, guitars, FX etc. They are essential for sync licensing and can help remixers rework the track and give it their own unique sound.

To create stems, mute all the tracks in your session except for the one you want to export as a stem. Then use your DAW’s ‘bounce’ function to export each track as an individual audio file, usually in a lossless format like WAV or AIFF. This reduces the number of files to just 4-12 and saves a lot of space on hard drives.

Providing stems to your collaborator will make it easier for them to work on the remix. It’s a good idea to name the stems clearly so they can be identified and located easily when the time comes to use them. It also helps to keep the stems organized in a dedicated folder to avoid confusion and misunderstandings.


The original vocal track of a song can be a great starting point to create a remix, especially if the singer has a strong, distinct, and recognizable voice. Retaining recognizable vocal elements can help establish a link between the remix and the original, which can make it more appealing to listeners.

To remix a song, you will need to acquire permission from the copyright holders, which are generally the original artist or band and the music publisher. In many cases this will involve obtaining two types of copyrights: 1) the master recording rights, usually held by the original artists; and 2) the song copyrights, generally held by the music publishers.

Our Remix plug-in uses cutting edge technology to separate a full mix into instrument groups (called stems) – including vocals, piano, bass and drums. By dragging the track bubbles upwards and downwards, you can increase or decrease the volume of each group. You can also drag the tracks left and right to pan them.

Melodic Lines

The melodic line is a sequence of musical tones that the listener perceives as a single unit. It’s usually the most memorable and recognisable element of a piece of music.

A good melodic line will add structure to your remix and help the ear follow the progression of your track. To create a melodic line, start with the original song’s chords and play around with them. This will give you an idea of what notes to keep and what to change.

Remember to keep the original tempo and a consistent key. Keeping these elements intact will make it easier for your remix to be recognised as part of the original song and help your remix stand out from other tracks of the same genre. Tip: Try using a software program like Mixed In Key to find the key of the original song, or simply use a good ear. Creative effects like Replika XT, Guitar Rig and Raum can also be used to enhance your melodic lines.


Remixes involve rearranging the individual instrumental and vocal stems from an existing track. The remixer can also add their own sounds or instruments to the mix. This might include a bass line, percussion or melody. The remix can be completely different from the original or it might stay very similar but have an added twist.

The distinction between a remix and an arrangement is important because there are rules for copyright protection of the music that you produce. For example, US copyright law provides a clear path to making legal covers or arrangements of songs but it’s harder to create a remix without permission from the copyright owner.

Once the remix is complete it needs to be mastered. This process adds a high quality polish to the sound and ensures that it can compete with other tracks in its genre. The iZotope Mix & Master Bundle streamlines the mixing and mastering process into one workflow with advanced tools like Ozone 10 Advanced, Neutron 4, Tonal Balance Control 2, Neoverb and more.

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