Mark Loren is a successful DJ/songwriter from Italy with songwriting credits for high profile artists like Corona. He has also gained experience producing tracks with the official remixers of major artists such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Bob Sinclar.
You may have heard his version of the classic track “Sugar” by Robin Schulz. It’s not a typical remix, nor is it a mash-up. Instead, it’s a new concept: the META-REMIX.
A few months ago when Mark was playing at a big event, he wanted to play “Sugar”. He had just bought the complete remix-pack but lacked the time to listen to each remix before the gig. After quickly browsing through the material, he couldn’t pick a favorite, so therefore he decided to play them all.
Mark Loren: “I loaded all of the remixes on the 4 decks of my controller and started playing with parts of the original song. It was a lot of fun and it worked out really well. People went crazy and then it all started!”
The Meta-Remix was born.
“I then defined the meta-remix as a composition or mix created by mixing 2 or more remixes of a song, possibly combined with the original version of the song. The prefix “meta” means that you create the remix of the remix with a distinctive new identity… “The idea for this term came from my studies at the University of Bologna. At that time, I used to study semiotics. A friend of mine and I used to talk for hours about it. He was the assistant of Umberto Eco, a famous semiologist who wrote the best seller/movie “The Name of the Rose.”
“In fact, in semiotics studies, the term “meta” is used to explain codes of communication. I thought it was perfect to explain the difference between a mash up, a remix and my DJing technique. To further explain, I wrote a so-called ‘Manifesto of the Meta-Remix,’ a declaration text similar to what Futurists did in the early twentieth century, such as the Italian artist Marinetti. Even if in the past we can find similar mixing approaches, the manifesto explains why this is a brand new mixing philosophy, celebrating the creativity of the DJ as an artist.”
The meta-remix only has artistic and promotional value and doesn’t claim copyright. However, it does have the ability to extend the life of releases. For example, Mark’s meta-remix of Sugar has gained a lot of popularity worldwide, including praise from Select Radio (UK), Radio Darmstadt (Germany),Beatsmedia (UK) and Jason Lin of Billboard (USA) who felt it was the best mix of the song.
As a DJ, Mark recently played numerous gigs in Ibiza, one of his favorite places to spin and the heart of dance music in Europe.
Mark Loren: “Ibiza was awesome! The vibe you have there is unique. All the club goers are very selective. When it comes to my sets, I play a lot of house and deep house with slight influences of tech house. My sets showcase a lot of energy and I love to play with vocals. Perfect for the island.”
As mentioned, Mark has gained a lot of experience working with other DJs and producers for mainstream artists.
Mark Loren: “I love pop music because I think it has a deep impact on people and can give a lot of energy. So, producing music with a mainstream appeal is fun for me. It generates very good feelings and I love to play with vocals and melodies. Right now I’m working on a new track featuring a great American rapper. Check it out on my social media.”
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DØBER Drops Dancefloor-Ready Track “Come Over” Ft. Crime Zcene
Dutch producer and Protocol veteran DØBER is back on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings with “Come Over,” a new Jackin’ House-inspired track for which he teamed up with Crime Zcene. The single opens with a sultry, autotuned vocal riff that builds anticipation into a grimy, groovy drop with a bouncy bassline and digitized synths. “Come Over” is the perfect track to heat things up on the dancefloor and is sure to be a hit in sets during this spring’s upcoming festival season. It follows DØBER’s recent remix of Monocule & Leo Stannard’s “Stargazing,” Jack Wins & SHELLS’ “Heartbreak,” and his original single “Can’t Stop” with Vice Vrsa. Crime Zcene is known for his releases on STMPD RCRDS, Revealed, and also his work with Tim van Werd on “On Your Side” on Protocol.
Founded by Nicky Romero, Protocol Recordings is one of the leading imprints for innovative electronic dance music. It boasts a roster of heavy hitters, complemented with immensely talented up-and-comers such as Thomas Gold, Deniz Koyu, Teamworx, Futuristic Polar Bears, Trilane, Marcus Santoro, Stadiumx, Tim van Werd, and Nicky Romero himself, to name a few. All with a diverse range of sounds that are guaranteed to light up a dance floor. Among them is DØBER, who draws his inspiration from artists such as Dogblood, ZHU, and Gesaffelstein, promising plenty of dark, hard-hitting tunes to add to the label’s repertoire. He followed his 2020’s debut “Twisted” EP with a remix for Deniz Koyu’s “Next To You,” Seeb’s “Sad In Scandinavia,” and original works, such as “Silence” with Monocule, “Focus” with Almero, “Bounce” with RayRay, or his solo original “Somebody,” quickly becoming one of the label’s leading artists.
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Disco-House Duo 2Awake Debuts On KSHMR’s Dharma Label
2Awake just dropped their debut single, “Wanna See You Dance,” on KSHMR’s Dharma imprint, giving an intriguing first taste of the newly formed duo’s sonic style. The track kicks off with a deep bassline and groovy melodies, adding the title namesake’s auto-tuned vocals to make for a catchy feel-good, and Disco-inspired tune.
The total package gives some Daft Punk vibes for the modern era, while 2Awake maintains a unique style that can’t be replicated. “Wanna See You Dance” will fit in perfectly at a club or festival, getting dancers to their feet and on the floor.
2Awake’s fresh take on classic electronic sounds draws influence from other genres such as RnB, Hip Hop, and Latin music, so I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Before forming 2Awake, Jonny Chiappetta and Carlos Herrera were already making waves in the electronic music scene. This duo may be new, but the artists behind it are seasoned veterans who have played at some of the world’s most iconic venues and festivals, including Tomorrowland, Ultra Europe, ADE, and many more.
With support from some of the biggest names in the industry, including KSHMR, Yves V, Klaas, Wolfpack, DJ Soda, and Sevenn, their songs have been played by DJs around the world and streamed over 50 million times. All of this promises a strong start for 2Awake, and their musical diversity and proven talent make them a band to watch.
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Avi Sic Remixes “Delilah (pull me out of this)” By Fred again..
Avi Sic is here with another jaw-dropping remix; The Chicago-based DJ and music producer hits back with her version of Fred Again..’s hit “Delilah (pull me out of this).”
The artist known for her highly-energetic live shows and punchy mixes that feature her signature style that blends genres like House, Electro House, Pop, Future House, and Deep House, just to name some, is back with another hard-hitter that’s surely ready to take the listener into an unprecedented listening experience; whether in the club, the radio or a festival stage, this remix is simply off the hook.
Coming from playing more than 300 shows all across the US and receiving international support for her 2022 releases, Avi Sic closes off this highly successful year with this fresh remix.
With a steady beat, bouncy basslines, processed vocal chops from the original, and an infectious synth line, Avi Sic manages to give Fred Again..’s banger the perfect twist to create this remarkable remix. The heavy-hitting and mighty drop with growling pads and a hard-hitting yet magnetic low-end, the track transforms into a high-energy bop.
While maintaining the track’s original vibe, this enthralling Electro House take on “Delilah (pull me out of this)” has Avi Sic’s signature punch and magnificent taste, showcasing a complex low-end with darker yet mysterious tones, all while creating an unmissable banger.
As the year comes to an end, Avi Sic proves once more why her name is high on the list of DJs to follow as her captivating sound and outstanding style are surely praiseworthy.
Make sure to follow Avi Sic as she promises 2023 packed with new bangers, fresh productions, a hard-hitting sound, and unforgettable live performances.