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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PLS&TY Launches Radio Show + Releases “Party In My Head” Remixes
Florida-native producer PLS&TY is always one to keep something exciting up his sleeve, and this time, he’s launched his biweekly Proper Manners radio show on Insomniac Radio (airing on each 2nd Wednesday at 2PM PST) and released a special remix pack of his recent hit “Party In My Head” with Lost Boy – a single that an original version of which ended PLS&TY’s 2,5-year hiatus on March 31 this year. “Proper Manners,” which debuted on November 15, will host its second episode on November 29 and serves as a place for the artist to showcase not only his own music but his of-the-moment favorites from across the Dance music spectrum. You can be sure to hear the new remixes of “Party In My Head” with Lost Boy and more music from PLS&TY himself on the show’s upcoming episodes, which always pack tons of groovy melodies and downtempo basslines for easy breezy listening. The remix pack includes interpretations from RSCL, Taiki Nulight, and Oliver Nelson. Read on to learn more about the new radio show from the artist himself.
“Insomniac have built a name wholly synonymous with electronic dance music – through all facets of their being. The brand encompasses a wide scope, far beyond the live events that most first think of. I’m ecstatic to have the Proper Manners Radio platform on Insomniac Radio to showcase my favorite music at the moment. With the curation of 60 minutes of music on a biweekly basis, I hope for listeners to discover what PLS&TY is all about, outside of my own discography. Expect new music, monthly catch ups, and insight into the latest in the world of PLS&TY, along with a proper set of tunes.” — PLS&TY
Tommy Leas, a Florida native – better known as PLS&TY – is burgeoning into the electronic dance music scene with his unique sound: languid bass, captivating vocals and enough upbeat melodies to make anybody feel good. His music has amassed hundreds of millions streams across platforms… that’s if you don’t include a feature in a Hershey’s chocolate television commercial that has now reached over 1 BILLION views. PLS&TY’s singles have charted on Billboard, have consecutively reached #1 on iTunes four times, & have been remixed by Grammy-nominated Morgan Page, Rusko, Cazzette, Bondax, and YehMe2 (1/2 of Flosstradamus latest venture). Tommy has also toured a bevy of A-list festivals including Shaky Beats, Breakaway, Electric Forest, EDC Vegas, and more. After releasing his debut “Very Special” EP, which featured platinum-selling artists like Sean Kingston, Alex Aiono (of Netflix’s “Finding Ohana”), Wifisfuneral, and more, 2020-2022 saw PLS&TY become an early adopter of the emerging NFT technology. PLS&TY has co-designed skateboard deck NFTs for Tony Hawk’s charity initiative, as well as visuals for celebrity athletes and even members of Congress. PLS&TY’s NFT projects were referenced in Billboard at the #3 and #10 positions of Top Music NFT Sales in August & September of 2022 alongside Snoop Dogg, Eminem, & David Bowie. 2023 sees PLS&TY emerging with new music & artistic endeavors, all while wielding the lighthearted “mind your manners” and “please and thank you” catchphrases.
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No Way! byDJBLVD Threw Down A Bonkers Guest Mix Just For Y’all
Known for his groovy production style and funky vibes, byDJBLVD is sure to raise the energy as he takes to the decks to deliver this week’s guest mix. With tracks from the likes of Miguel Migs, Sebb Junior, and Alek Soltirov, byDJBLVD injects the listening experience with electrifying sonic excitement: diverse in sound yet high in quality.
So, prepare to get up and move, as byDJBLVD’s guest mix will no doubt bring the party-starter vibes this week, leaving an impact as it delivers hypnotic beats and infectious rhythms.
1. Misunderstood – Miguel Migs
2. Baby Please Don’t Go (Angelo Ferreri Remix) – Samuele Sartini & Jonk & Spook feat. Lisa Millett
3. Forget Me Nots (Alek Soltirov Edit) – Patrice Rushen
4. Love In The Moonlight (Luyo Love In The Disco Remix) – Chris Michael, John Sivris
5. Spotlight (Richard Earnshaw Vocal Mix) – Tony Momrelle
6. Off The Wall (Barry & Gibbs Upside Down Disco Mix) – Michael Jackson
7. Robert Talking (Yomakomba Funky Dub Edit)- Duke Dumont
8. Heartbroken – Ross Couch
9. Movin’ All Night – J. Lettow & Ben Welham
10. Women (Vocal Mix) [Honey Butter Records] – Rhode & Brown ft. Coeo
11. Dolla Bill (Original Mix) – Sebb Junior
12. Your Love (Original Mix) – Alek Soltirov
13. Little Bit (Sean McCabe Remix) – Detroit Rising
14. Because You Are (Ezio Centanni & Enea DJ Remix) – D.D. Project, Ezio Centanni, Enea DJ
15. Hard Fire (Vincent Caira Remix) – Demarkus Lewis, Vincent Caira
16. The Genius Is Me (Original Mix) – byDJBLVD
17. Second Chances (Original Mix) – Scott Diaz
18. Over Me (Louis Benedetti Club Vox) – Inaya Day, Ultra Nate, Frankie Knuckles
19. Lose Your Love (Soulful Edition) – Never Dull
20. A Better Way (Woody Inner Vocal Mix) – Mone’
21. Wish I Didn’t Miss You – Mix & Fairbanks
22. Ring Ring Ring (Sebb Junior Edit) – De La Soul
23. Back (Original Mix) – Angelo Ferreri, Blanco K
24. Everybody (Groove Insane Remix) – Angelo Ferreri
25. I Like To Party (Original Mix) – Mark Funk & Danny Cruz
26. Melodie (The Shapeshifters Remix) – Mousse T. feat. Cleah
27. Try My Love (On For Size) (Club Mix) – The Shapeshifters ft. Teni Tinks
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The Funk Hunters, Dr. Fresch & Chali 2na Team Up On Fusion Of Rap/Mid-Tempo Bass
Super producer duo – The Funk Hunters and forward-thinking LA-based producer Dr. Fresch team up with legendary Chicago’s rapper Chali 2na for their new single “All Of A Sudden,” a unique blend of mid-tempo Bass and Rap music, following both artists’ Summer releases – The Funk Hunters’ “Freak” with Defunk and Dr. Fresch’s “Certified.”
Opening with Chali 2na’s rhythmic vocals, “All Of A Sudden” wastes no time turning up the heat with deep basslines and menacing, synth-driven melodies. Its grimy breakdown and combination of urban and bass styles make for a hard-hitting, festival and club-friendly anthem that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Read on for what all of the artists had to say about this exciting new release.
“We’ve been playing and making mid-tempo bass music before it even had a name, so to come across Dr. Fresch’s music years ago and discover he also loves mid-tempo… Well, it was love at first listen, ha! So, for our first official collab together, we just knew it needed to be a mid-tempo tune. As soon we had the beat done, there was really no other choice for vocals. We sent it straight to Chali 2na, and the rest is history. He delivered in a big way! It’s really such a cool blend of all 3 of our styles, funky fresch and bangin'” — The Funk Hunters
“..and ‘All Of A Sudden’ – we’re dropping the biggest mid-tempo banger of 2023! I’ve been a fan of The Funk Hunters and Chali 2na for years; this song is a major moment for me. It’s been a pleasure to get to know Nick and Dunks from touring the US and Canada over the course of the last several years- it was only time before we convened to create a funky fresch concoction. This collab was so fun and exciting to make. It’s the perfect blend of all our styles, and maybe most importantly, it feels like a genuine soundtrack to the live festival atmospheres we thrive in. It’s been a ride playing and working on this record for the last year. I’m so proud that we can finally unleash the beast.” — Dr. Fresch
“I’m always excited to work with Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith from the notorious The Funk Hunters, but to add the legendary Dr. Fresch to my résumé was an honor and a pleasure! Especially with such an aggressively fire song like ‘All Of A Sudden.’ Thank you, fellas!” — Chali 2na