Yes, it’s that time again, when the changing of the guard goes down over on Beatport Play. With a handful of new contests on their way shortly, it’s time to acknowledge the winners of our latest set of challenges from A-Trak & Zinc, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Boys Noize, PeaceTreaty, and Guy Gerber (pictured above), the latter of whom even shares a bit insight into how he chose the winning remix of his track “Steady” (spoiler alert: He was really impressed with your submissions).
“EDM is about two things: power and melody,” says David Van Weeghel (aka Bad Mr. Kitty), whose winning remix of A-Trak & Zinc’s “Like the Dancefloor” grabbed him a Pioneer DDJ-SX controller, a pair of Fools’ Gold limited-edition TMA-1 headphones, a year’s worth of Future Music and Computer Music magazines, the Sounds To Sample Elements Library, and a release of his remix on Fool’s Gold Records. “In the original track, the power was clearly there,” adds Van Weeghel, “but I thought the song would be even better with more focus on the chords and melody.” Clearly, A-Trak agreed.
In the contest to remix My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult’s “Kooler Than Jesus,” Santa Cruz’s DJ Toxic Rainbow took home the top honors along with a copy of Izoptope’s Iris virtual instrument, a 12-month subscription to Future Music and Computer Music magazines, the Sounds To Sample Elements Library, and—best of all—a release of his tune through Sleazebox Records. “The prize that I’m the most excited for is the actual release,” says Toxic Rainbow. “To know that my name will be among the group’s extensive and wonderful discography is an honor.”
“Boys Noize has been one of our greatest influences since we started making music, so it’s a dream come true,” tells Noze, the Italian duo who submitted the winning remix of the Boys Noize track “What You Want.” Along with now having its name on a remix package from Boysnoize Records, the pair also won a Korg Kaossillator Pro, a year-long subscription to Future Music and Computer Music magazines, the Sounds To Sample Elements Library, and a special prize pack from the label itself for crafting the best rework.
When it came to remixing PeaceTreaty’s “In Time,” the LA-based producer known as Singularity proved to be the best at taking up the task, nabbing the DCAM: Synth Squad and Tremor soft-synths from FXpansion, $500 worth of gear from Ambig, a pair of Sabre sunglasses, a year-long subscription to Future Music and Computer Music magazines, and the Sounds To Sample Elements Library. But, most importantly of all, Singularity’s version of the song is now set to appear on a forthcoming remix collection from Dim Mak. “I’m just really glad everyone enjoyed the track as much as I enjoyed making it,” says the SoCal producer. Given the response his rework got, it’s safe to say he had a pretty damn good time making this one.
“Honestly, I was blown away by the quality and quantity of the submissions we received,” reveals Guy Gerber, who just wrapped up the remix contest for his tune “Steady.” “Thanks to you all for the enthusiasm, effort, and heart that went into the work submitted. I was looking for remixes that took the track a little further, especially using the melody,” explains Gerber, who handpicked the winning remix from Montreal’s Richie G. While Richie G gets to take a Pro Producer Course from the Point Blank Institute as well as subscriptions to Future Music and Computer Music magazines and the Sounds To Sample Elements Library, the real prize was the opportunity appear on a remix compilation for the Supplement Facts label—especially as it came with a special seal of approval from label head Guy Gerber himself.
“In the end, there were some excellent remixes to choose from,” continues Gerber. “The winning track by Richie G touched me the most on the day I listened to it. It was beautiful. On another day I might have chosen someone else, but you know, in life there always has to be one winner.” Gerber chose to acknowledge the other remixes that he deeply enjoyed, picking out reworks from Speaking Minds, Stephan Bazbaz, Mey Brother, and Dexima as ones he was particularly fond of. “Love and hugs to you all, and thank you so much again for the inspiration,” Gerber concluded. “Please all keep sending demos to Supplement Facts as I am curious to hear more from you all.”