In the past two years I have been doing remixes/covers to popular mainstream songs. Though I have my own collection of original songs, I do enjoy putting a Kim B. twist on other artists’ songs. Plus the process of writing and recording a remix is a lot faster (and cheaper!) than doing original music. Putting out remixes helps me keep my fans entertained in between my original recordings.
Here are my TOP 4 TIPS for creating a great remix!
- Research what’s HOT!
The song should have been released in the past year and should still be relevant. I typically go to Billboard.com to check out what is currently hot. The more recent the songs release, the more likely you are to create a buzz with your remix of that song.
- Pick your peers! (or not)
You can grow your fan base if you strategically remix songs by artists who are in the same genre as you are. I have remixed songs by Beyonce, Rihanna, Omarion, etc. All these artists are Pop/R&B singers and their fan demographics are similar to mine. On the other hand, you may want to remix a song of an artist who is NOTHING like you. I only recommend this if you are looking to reach an audience who normally wouldn’t be interested in your music. In the end, it all depends on what you are looking to achieve with your remix.
- Be creative and not identical!
I’ve seen some artists do covers and do it in the same key, same exact lyrics, same vocal arrangement, and same tone as the original song. Big mistake! You want to give fans a reason to listen to your version. People want to hear something new. You should put a new twist on the song while still maintaining elements of the original song. Female artists consider covering a song that was originally sang by a male. Male artists vice versa. When I remix, I tend to customize the lyrics but keep the same vocal arrangement. *(Check out my remix to Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” called “Kim B. Day”.Also check out Anita Bakers cover of Tyrese’s “Lately” ).
- Block out the others!
Don’t listen to anybody else’s remix before creating yours. If you hear how someone else re-made the song, it will be hard to get their way of doing it out of your head. You don’t want to let their version influence your creativity.
These are the tips that have worked for me. I hope they help you out as well, however, different things work for different artists. If you have some more tips, please leave them in the comments. Also, be sure to leave links to your remixes/covers, I would love to hear them.