In The Loop: A Decade Of Remixes collates ten years of remixes from A-Trak
A-trak is probably one of the most respected DJs in the game. 34 year old, Alain Macklovitch is a label boss, tastemaker, one-half of Duck Sauce, five time DJ champion and producer. But even though he's been active on the scene from the age of 15, he's a relative newcomer to the production world.
Ten years ago he made his producer debut with a remix of Architecture In Helsinki's "Heart It Races". From then he's gone on to remix everyone from music blog staples like Digitalism and The Rapture to big-name crossover acts like Disclosure and Bob Moses.
He;s now collected those works into a decade-spanning compilation that will be available in a limited edition vinyl boxset, which comes complete with a 32-page booklet written by the man himself. You can pre-order the collection here and check out an excerpt from the booklet below.
"I learned how to produce by doing remixes. It was my testing ground. In 2006 I had been DJing for over 10 years and my brother Dave was a seasoned musician, but I was still a novice in the studio. Making a full original song can be daunting, so here I was able to hand-pick my favorite vocals, steal a few kickdrums and chop up some cool synths. My remixes also allowed me to get my music heard. I didn’t have to finish a full project. They gave me an à la carte formula, landing on various labels.
The great thing about remixes is they create an ecosystem. It’s almost like a shared economy. They forge bonds between artists: a remix request is the equivalent of giving your peer a pound and saying “you’re dope, give me some of that sauce.” They connect bands to DJs, producers among themselves, and all of them to new fans. For me this all started as electronic music blogs were spreading. We rarely went through managers. You would track down someone’s email and hit them up, cold. We helped each other finish tracks. I often delivered mine very, very late. But even to this day as I work on more original music, my sound is the result of these experiments." - A-Trak
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07 Nov 2016