Just finished a remix for Hyena and thinking about the different ways people approach remixes...
If you remix material, what is your method?
For me, the most important thing I do when remixing a track is I don't listen to the original. I want a completely uninfluenced take at shaping the sounds into an original composition.
First, I take the stems, chop them up into individuals sounds, and file them under "yes", "maybe" and "no." I start with the "yes" sounds - the ones that I love - and load them into #Maschine. As I mess around with the sounds, I get an intuitive feel for the "DNA" of the track, of how these sounds want to be in relationship with each other. Part of the creative challenge is to try to make a full track with just my favorite "yes" sounds, but if need be, I dip into the "maybe" sounds, and as a last resort, bring in an outside drum sound, percussion sample, or bass tone. Once I'm finished with my remix, I sit down and listen to the original. It's like the desert after a great meal. It's fascinating to hear how another artist made an entirely different composition given the same set of sounds.
That's what I do. I'm curious to hear what you all do when remixing.