Collabor8-Music: how to begin a new remix

DJ EXPO 2014: In part three of Collabor8-music's remix tuition videos, James Hockley begins with the parts he chose in the last video (choosing remix parts). In order to establish a good working groove before moving on to the more musical parts, Hockley begins with the drums and bass.

This video works in real time and you watch James create the groove and musical parts for the remix, using the vocal as a cue. Gear used includes hardware synths, Akai MPC, and Logic X plugins.

A 21st century record label for DJs

Collabor8-Music is the record label of the future with its roots firmly in the old school way of thinking. Through their website the Collabor8-Music team are able to discover new talent with fresh material, no matter what style. If the music is good, they'll release a record!

The first steps

Collabor8-Music recognise and embrace new artists by inviting anyone to remix (in their own style) the tracks Collabor8-Music release. The remix can then be uploaded back to their site for consideration for the final release of the single, in the same way that any record label will consider different remixes for a final release.

Any mixers who make the final cut will be invited to become a Collabor8-Music artist. From there, they can create their own track with remix stems for release through the exact same channels.

How does it work?

For a small amount of money, you can buy stems for the track so that potential artists can create their version - be it house, dubstep, hip-hop, rock, pop, country... or any form of music, really. The point is that anyone can buy the stems, create their own version, and become a Collbor8-Music artist.

For more information on taking part, head over to the official Collabor8-Music site, and connect with them via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.