There have been many, many, many (I could go on) remixes of my music over the years, but I’m pretty sure this is the first one without my vocals, and it’s certainly the first anyone could describe as hip hop with a straight face.
So I asked Ariel how he came up with the remix. Here’s what he had to say:
“When I saw your post, I was in a groove trying out a Lofi Hip Hop style with synthwave remixes and wanted to take advantage of that momentum.
At first I experimented with a traditional synthwave remix at a slower tempo, since I was curious how the vocals would sound. It ended up feeling more like a cover than a remix.
So I pivoted to the style I was adapting on recent remixes, and played around with a sample of melody from the track over the verse chords. I gave it some lofi character, added a beat, and the result felt much better.
Then I was stuck with how to incorporate these super catchy vocals into the mix without them sounding out of place. I tried chops, pitches, putting them in a sampler... it all sounded forced.
Then thought of the sax. Super 80s and you dont really hear it in Lofi Hip Hop. I played the verse melody and an alternate version of the prechorus, and everything else fell into place.”
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