GUEST EDITORIAL: Why can’t we remix?

GUEST EDITORIAL: Why can’t we remix?

Whatup guys, After Empire here. This one is a little bit personal for me, but what isn’t? If you have ever tried remixing a popular song and uploading it to the  big ones, Youtube, Soundcloud, you will have noticed something odd. For some reason it is illegal to like a pop tune and try to use it artistically for your own devices, whether that be  flipping Bruno Mars into a heavy, bass laden Dubstep track, or slowing Katy Perry down and working her into a future house ballad, it makes no difference. You have fucked up.

Now I know initially you are going to say, “Well Nick, you can’t just steal someone’s blood, sweat, and tears and then expect to make money off of it,” and I agree. But honestly, the majority of artists who are remixing jams and putting them on Soundcloud are just home-producers who, because they are in love with music, decided to have fun with a .wav and want to share it with other people who might appreciate such a thing.

We’re not selling this. We’re LISTENING to it. Where’s the crime there? Why remove my remixes and tell me that, like a child, I get three spankings before my account is banned?

If you ask me, the answer is control. You see, the number of musicians who create tracks and have the ability to post to Youtube is staggering. With dominating YouTube channels like VEVO, and modified search algorithms it is pretty easy for those in control of the music industry to keep us down. They drive the “regular guys” like you and I down to the bottom of the list and raise the bullshit that they are selling to the top.

This makes it seem like the music industry is this huge organization and it seems impossible to break through and get heard. The opposite is actually true. The industry is a small handful people who, like the elitists that they are, do everything to keep the overwhelming number of artists who aren’t in their circle down.

This is easy with the proper control over the media outlets, driving names like Taylor Swift to the top and names like After Empire to the bottom, except there is one tiny wild card…

THE REMIX. You see, a remix blends you, the unknown artist, in with the known performer and VOILA! You have now bypassed the control system’s entire structure. When a mainstream fan types in the name of their favorite big name “musician” (who probably doesn’t even write the music they perform) you, the nobody, gets pulled into the search results. You get exposure.

So, what’s the corporate answer to this control problem? Criminalize the remix.

Well, assholes… You missed one.


This editorial is by guest author After Empire. You can follow After Empire on soundcloud || facebook


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