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Tips & Tricks for Winning Remix Competitions
Jaz from the RepostExchange Team
Oct. 20, 2023

Our new remix competition platform has become a playground for aspiring producers and seasoned artists alike, offering a chance to put your unique spin on a track and potentially catapult your career to new heights. Whether you're a novice looking to break into the music scene or an experienced producer aiming to add more accolades to your name, creating a winning remix is both an art and a science.

We sat down with the judging team at RepostExchange to uncover what makes a great remix. In this guide, we'll explore some tips and tricks to help you craft a remix that stands out and increases your chances of taking the top spot in a remix competition.

Understand the Source Material and Requirements

Before diving into your remix, take the time to thoroughly understand the original track. Take note of the BPM, key and different types of stems delivered. If you'd like to learn how to prepare a project file for a remix check out this article. Don't feel restricted by the original tempo and key. Experimenting with these elements can lead to surprising results. Slowing down or speeding up the track or changing the key can completely transform the mood and energy of your remix. Just make sure the changes you make are technically correct and your source material isn't out of sync with the rest of the track.

Remix competitions might come with genre specifications. Stick to the assigned genre while adding your creative twist. Deviating too far from the original style may not resonate with the judges and fans, so find a balance between innovation and authenticity. You can find the accepted genres for each remix competition hosted on RepostExchange on the about page of each remix competition. You can also filter by accepted genre on the competitions overview.

The Balance of Creativity, Technicality and Recognisability

While it's usually a smart move to pay homage to the original track, make sure to inject your personality and style into your remix. Your unique artistic touch is what will set your remix apart from the competition. The arrangement is the skeleton of your remix. Experiment with different song structures and pacing to create a dynamic listening experience. Consider changing the order of sections, adding breakdowns, or introducing new transitions to keep the listener engaged.

You should also think about how you can bring your signature sound to the mix. Sound design plays a pivotal role in the quality of your remix. Spend time crafting and fine-tuning your sounds. Invest in high-quality virtual instruments and sample libraries to ensure your remix sounds polished and professional. If the original track includes vocals, consider how you can manipulate them creatively. Try different effects, harmonies, or chopping techniques to add a fresh perspective to the vocal elements. Just be careful not to overdo it, as the vocals should still be recognizable.

Sound Quality and Asking for Feedback

A well-mixed and mastered remix can make or break your chances of winning. Ensure that every element sits well in the mix, and the final master is loud and clear. In due course, we will post more articles on this topic so stay tuned. Until then we recommend you watch some YouTube tutorials on mixing and mastering here.

Invite friends, fellow producers, or online communities to provide feedback on your remix. RepostExchange also has a Feedback Campaign feature you can use. Constructive criticism can help you identify areas for improvement and refine your remix further. RepostExchange has the option to update your entry after submitting (before the deadline) so you can get feedback from our community on your entries and update your entry every time you've implemented improvements.

Submit on Time and Follow the Rules

Finally, make sure to submit your remix before the competition deadline and adhere to all rules and guidelines. Failure to meet these requirements can disqualify your entry, regardless of its quality.

Remember, remix competitions are not only about winning but also an opportunity to learn and grow as a producer. Even if you don't secure the top spot, the experience gained and the connections made along the way can be invaluable for your music career. So, give it your all, stay true to your style, and enjoy the creative process. Good luck, and may your remix shine bright in the competition!

Happy remixing!