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So You Think You Can Remix?

By Amber Healey of Geeks&Beats

Nimbus School of Recording & Media kicks off annual remix contest with tracks from Mother Mother, Wes Mack, Son Real.

Ever listen to a song and think it needed a little more bass, maybe a little less reverb or more echo on the vocals? Now’s your chance to play producer and maybe win a little cash for it.

The Nimbus School of Recording and Media, based in Vancouver, has kicked off its annual Mix contest, in which high school students (ages 13-19) and adult learners (high school graduate or age 19 and up) are encouraged to download master tracks from a group of artists and upload remixed versions of the songs for a panel of judges. The winners in each of two categories get a $25,000 scholarship, with $10,000 scholarships going to second place winners in each category, $5,000 scholarships going to third place, along with a $10,000 “voters choice” award. All participants must be Canadian residents — excluding Quebec– and only one entry is allowed per person.

The master tracks were made available on April 1 and interested remixers have until May 1 to submit their edited versions. This year’s selections are Son Real’s “Preach,” Mother Mother’s “Modern Love” and Wes Mack’s “Before You Drive Me Crazy.” Winners will be announced on June 1.

Interested? Read on


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