Chris Lake’s Six Golden rules for remixers

Chris Lake Squeak



“So going back to what I touched on earlier, I’m writing a lot of material, I’m hoping you’ll get to hear a lot of it soon. I live this. That’s the simple truth, I like many musicians wake up every day, with my first thought being music, and my last thought being music. I can’t shake that. It’s been happening to me now for 16 years. It’s my main form of expression.”


Is what Ultra Records veteran Chris Lake wrote on his Facebook page.

The message is posted along with his new release of “Squeak

Chris says the track is

“It’s fun, it’s simple, and it works.”


In this in the mix feature, Chris shares six tips any remixer should take note of before starting the job.

1. Use your first impressions.

“Before I take on the assignment, I usually look to have an idea for the remix by the first time I’ve listened to the track. There have been cases where I’ve taken on remixes in the past without having any idea what I’ll do to it, and it’s been a real struggle to get a great vibe.”


2. Mess with it.

“This is where Ableton Live shows its strengths for me. I just throw the parts into a project, and start throwing plug-ins at sounds, catching little loops of certain parts, and seeing what comes out of it. Ableton Live is so quick, that I can get some great soundscapes going very quickly that sound nothing like the parts I began with.”


3. Bring something unique.

“I always try to do something to my remixes that I wouldn’t expect anyone else to do. This helps keep what you’re doing more unique. Find that signature sound of yours, and run with it.”


4. Keep it fun for yourself.

“This is less of a tip, but more something to have fun, and keep things interesting for yourself (if you have a boisterous nature like me). I like to put silly recorded sounds into my remixes, just subtle enough so I can hear them, and nobody else would know what it really is. I’ve put some bad shit in my remixes in the past. Lots of rude noises. Lots.”


5. Cross-check.

“If you get stuck, open up a recent project you’ve done that you’re happy with, and figure out what makes that work. Try take a couple of elements from that track over to your remix to see if it inspires you to do something else. It doesn’t have to stay in the track at the end, but you can just use it to help move ideas along in the creation stage.”


6. Compare and improve.

“Compare your mix to other tracks that you’d play out, or consider similar mix-wise. Make sure it sounds better than theirs. Sample Magic have a cool A-B comparison plug-in that I tested recently that allows you to easily compare your mix to other tracks with a click of a button.”

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