The Fault Is In Our Stars [Lastufka Remix]
  • The Fault Is In Our Stars [Lastufka Remix]
  • Meghan Tonjes
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Short post version: This is the remix of Meghan Tonjes’ “The Fault Is In Our Stars” that I made. It’s now available on iTunes here: http://dftba.com/starsremix

Long post version: Remixes are fun. Remixes give songs second and third lives. And good remixes usually reveal a new side of an old song to familiar listeners. Gah, I love ‘em.

For my remix of Meghan’s “TFiiOS”, the only elements from her original recording that I used were her gorgeous vocals (of course), and I looped the very first four or five note guitar riff she played and used that riff throughout the verses. Everything else is new and unique to this remix. The bass guitar, the piano, the numerous bits of percussion, a number of sound manipulations to create wind and other haunting effects, the electric guitar, etc.

I didn’t mess with Meghan’s song structure at all, it was perfect to begin with (ie, I didn’t extend any breaks or shift around verses and bridges, etc.) And I didn’t autotune or digitally stutter her vocals at all, which seems to be popular in recent remixes. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. (listen to Meghan’s original recording)

What I did do though, is present the song in a completely different sonic environment from Meghan’s solo guitar performance. Hopefully this new environment will help bring a few new fans to the song. I truly believe “TFiiOS” is one of the top ten best songs DFTBA Records has released so far.

The Talk-About-It-Before-It’s-Really-A-Thing post wrap-up: I really enjoyed working on this song. And I had fun working on my remix of Alex Day’s “Forever Yours” last year. I think it might be interesting to work on a full EP of remixes of my favorite DFTBA releases. 

There’s some technical difficulties that might stand in the way. First, most of our artists don’t keep their multitrack sessions and without those, a remix is out of the question (we found this out when we tried to release a Rock Band version of DFTBA Records Greatest Hits and no one could provide us with the multitrack material we needed). 

And second, some of those who do hang on to their multitracks don’t record to a tempo track, again, making a proper remix very difficult to impossible without a lot of hours spent cleaning up and resyncing their performance to a tempo track. But for songs where the original multitrack material exists, and where tempo tracks were used (and where I LIKE the song), I think it could work. 

The big question is, is there enough interest to make it worth the time and effort? Let me know by buying my remix of “TFiiOS” on iTunes: http://dftba.com/starsremix ;)

Okay, here it is! My remix of Raven Zoe’s song “Average Guy”.

Raven released her latest EP Hesitated in October of last year. Then started reaching out to producers to work on a remix for each song on the EP. I chose “Average Guy” as the song really spoke to me musically. When I hear the original recording, I feel like I’m sitting in a dark smokey early era jazz club. I love it. I didn’t want to try to recreate that vibe with my remix, so I instead went for more of a late 90s pop remix. The kind you’d hear thumping out of a car during summer vacation.

Raven’s vocal tracks are the only original elements I used in the remix, everything else is new and exclusive to this mix. The remix features my friend Robert Kyle on saxophone. As I was putting the project together I programmed some sampled horns to accent the chorus, and I liked them so much I reached out to Robert to record a few riffs on his sax. In three full takes he freestyled over a rough cut of the remix and I edited the best parts from each take to create the sax you hear on the final remix.

I’ve known (and been a fan of) Raven for about five years now. Back in late 2009/early 2010 we worked together on what eventually became my first full-length studio album, Erase This. Raven and I co-wrote four of the songs on Erase This, including “Making A Scene”, the opening track on the album. “Making A Scene” also features Robert Kyle on saxophone, so I felt his performance here was a nice nod to the past, while creating something completely new today.

Raven and I have also produced a music video for the remix version of “Average Guy”, which will make its debut in a few weeks. Until then, enjoy the remix and check out the full Hesitation Remix EP, which is available now on iTunes.

Click here for full streaming of this and other remixes/music on my site.

Full song credits:
- “Average Guy (Lastufka Remix)”
- Written and originally performed by Raven Zoe.
- Remix produced by Alan Lastufka.
- Remix features Robert Kyle on saxophone.
- Assistant Producer / Mixing Engineer: Christian Caldeira.

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