To celebrate the release of Dom & Roland’s remix album on 13 October we’ve teamed up with him for a remix competition.
The winning remix will win a release on Dom’s DRP label, an interview on Kmag and a SoundCloud Pro Unlimited account for a year. One runner-up will win a SoundCloud Pro account for a year and a Kmag interview.
The track you have to remix is Get Up, which came out on the Through The Looking Glass album in 2008. Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with it, you can listen to it below.
Once you’re happy with your remix submit it to the Kmag Dom & Roland Remix Competition Group by 15 October 2014 at 23:00 GMT and please note that your submission MUST have downloading disabled. For full terms & conditions go to the bottom of this page. Please read these carefully before asking questions about the competition.
The Dom & Roland Productions: Remix Album features remixes from Audio, BTK & Optiv, Break, S.P.Y, Gridlok, Skynet, Mindscape, Ulterior Motive, Nocturnal, Technical Itch, B Key and Mefjus. All 12 tracks are available on the double vinyl and you get a CD shrinkwrapped with it too. The album is also available as a WAV and MP3 digital download.
We spoke to Dom about the album, his approach to remixing and plans for his next studio album:
What do you remember about the making of Get Up?
Before I was into making music, I spent a few years wandering the streets of London and getting into the train yards to paint the trains. I immersed myself in the whole way of life for a while, most of my clothes were covered in paint. I idolised the people who started the scene, this track was for them.
Tell us more about how you approach remixing tracks…
I try to keep the riffs very similar as they really are the backbone of what made the original good for me in the first place. Mostly I try not to change the notes, I just try to make everything sicker.
As far as the bass goes, if it’s not the most prominent part I will often change it into something bigger, so it still fits with the riffs. If it’s the backbone of the track I will leave the notes the same and twist it into something better.
Beats, percussion, FX and flybys are where I make my main changes. Even if it’s a completely different style that comes out at the end, the track should be instantly recognisable as a remix.
What are the favourite remixes?
I think Hive’s Neo was one, as I loved the film so much and had a lot of epic stuff I sampled from it to play with. And more recently Goldie’s Jah was great great fun too although it took me a long time to find a balance of what I was happy with. I think I did three completely different versions until I finally decided to play it to him.
What are your favourite remixes that other artists have done of your tracks?
In the past I think my favourites have been Hive’s remix of Parasite and Adrenalin mixed into one, Paradrenasite, as he took my favourite elements of both, and perhaps the Dieselboy, Kaos & Karl K remix of myself and Kemal’s Moulin Rouge. Both these remixes still stand up by even today’s standards and are what I consider to be timeless.
What advice do you have for anyone entering the competition regarding the direction they should go?
I don’t really want to impose too many boundaries; I just want to see what happens. I think by now people should know what I like by listening to the last 20 years of my music and sets.
Tell us all about the remix album you’re bringing out in October…
I wanted to get everyone whose music I’ve admired over the years involved in remixing some of my label’s and my own back catalogue. It took a while coming as trying to get a bunch of busy dnb artists to pull off a remix that we’re both happy with was far more effort than I thought it would be.
We lost a couple of people along the way and added some more, but now that it’s done I’m really happy with the result, and felt that all the tracks deserved to be on the vinyl.
Stuart Hawkes at Metropolis cleverly got them all on to two bits of vinyl with hardly a drop in volume. SRD and Rico were very helpful in getting my label back on track after the “STHoldingate” scandal, so deserve a mention.
The artwork was done by my mate and neighbour Daniel Brusatin at West London Art Factory, it was a hi-res photo of a tiny little part of one of his larger paintings (which I’m saving for).
It was an inspiring project working with so many other creative people and on the whole really enjoyable.
When can we expect the next Dom & Roland studio album?
Next year and not on my label, exciting tings a gwon, me caant speak o dem, haha!
Tell us about the Xanadu album you’re releasing on DRP later this year and what we can expect…
Xanadu is great, he is the soundscape master! We’re mastering it next week and Daniel will doing the art with me for it.
Anything else you want to tell us about?
I’m still loving dnb and am really inspired at the moment being about halfway through my new solo album. Just got back from Sun and Bass which was mind-blowingly good as usual and I’ve just switched DJ agencies to Alex@Bassic.co for anyone that want to get me out of my studio.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- The competition closes on 15 October 2014 at 23:00 GMT.
- All entries must be received by 11pm on the stipulated closing date. Those not received by the deadline will be invalid to enter.
- All entries must be submitted via the Kmag Dom & Roland Remix Competition Group. Entries submitted via other means will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted by any party for entries not received due to technical or other delivery difficulties.
- The winner will be selected after the closing date at the discretion of Dom & Roland, whose decision is final. The winner will be notified within seven days.
- Winner will be the remix submitted from all relevant entrants as the one most liked by Dom & Roland.
- ‘Winning’ means that your remix will be featured as a release with full credit to you. It also means that you will receive the prizes offered by our participating partners. Winning the competition does not entail any form of financial reward for entrants.
- If you enable downloads of your remix or distribute it in any way prior to the close of the competition you will automatically be disqualified from winning. If the winning remix is found to be distributed prior to release Dom & Roland reserves the right to disqualify the winner and choose an alternative.
- Your remix can be any style of music you choose and can be as similar or different to the original as you wish.
- You may use as many or as few of the samples as you see fit and you may add as much of your own content as you wish.
- Unfortunately we are not able to enter into ‘feedback’ conversations about entries, please use the SoundCloud group discussion page to solicit feedback from fellow group members.
- Please do not submit unfinished tracks or ‘works in progress’. These will be automatically disqualified.
- You may enter more than one remix but note you are only allowed to submit each remix to the group once, so make sure your entry is the final version when you submit it. Resubmissions will be automatically disqualified.
- Upon announcement of the winner, the winning remix must be provided to Dom & Roland in either WAV or AIFF format prior to mastering.
- All parts made available to download, and all parts downloaded remain the property of Dom & Roland. All remixes completed, whether submitted in this competition or not, remain the property of Dom & Roland. No exploitation, or distribution of remixes shall be permitted without the sole written consent of Dom & Roland.
- No purchase necessary and no proof of purchase required.
- Dom & Roland’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. There is no cash alternative and the prizes are non-transferable.
- Dom & Roland and Kmag reserve the right to verify the eligibility of applications.
- The winner’s name may be published on kmag.uk and Dom & Roland and partner’s social networks after the closing date of the competition. Dom & Roland and participating partners reserve the right to contact the winner for permission to involve them in any post competition publicity and the winner agrees to such activities and shall make themselves reasonably available for such purposes.
- Your entry must not infringe on the rights of any third party, including, but not limited to copyrights, trademarks, or rights of privacy or publicity, or other intellectual property rights. By entering this competition you indemnify Dom & Roland and Kmag against any such infringements.
- Dom & Roland and Kmag reserve the right to cancel or amend the terms of this competition at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted within the rules on kmag.uk.
- Prize is subject to final selection. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, Dom & Roland and participating partners retain the right to offer alternative prizes.
- Entering the remix competition implies full acceptance of these terms and conditions, which are legally binding. Dom & Roland and Kmag reserve the right to disqualify any entrant if we have reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions.
- The competition and the terms and conditions of this agreement will be governed by the law of England & Wales.