RAC and the Art of the Remix
Yesterday morning started off wonderfully for me. My near-four-year-old son woke me up with a “good morning” naked from the waist down after going “potty,” and handed me a small piece of chocolate for “lunch” and shove it in my mouth. “It tastes good dada!” It did. André Allen Anjos’ day started off swimmingly as well. He received the news his remix of Odesza’s “Say My Name” (featuring Zyra) landed him – or shall I say his moniker RAC – a Grammy nomination for best remix. You decide who won the Monday a.m. showdown – just go easy on me when replying below.
Grammy or not, RAC has been a proven winner for years. Actually, the artists who’ve been on the receiving end of one of his remixes have been. An eclectic mix of musicians spanning just about every genre has had the mix master deconstruct their songs, and put them together in such a way only this Portugal native could. Some notable artists include Lady Ga Ga, Ella Fitzgerald, Kings Of Leon, Katy Perry, The Shins, Chromeo, and Lana Del Rey. His remixes have also been featured in numerous ads – likely causing you to hold off on the fast forward button on your DVR.
With all this being said, it should come as little surprise that everybody has wanted a piece of the man called RAC. He’s a regular at summer festivals, has toured extensively on his own, and has his own monthly singles series on Entertainment Weekly. In a word, he’s “fresh” in the old school sense of the word. Last year, he released his debut album Strangers to all kinds of critical and commercial goodness and we can expect more of the same in the future track after track.
At Primary Wave in New York City last month, RAC sat down for an A-Sides chat, and performed three songs with a trio of collaborators who are all filled with awesome in their veins: Pink Feathers, Karl Kling, and Troupe Gammage of SPEAK. What a special treat you’re in for – sort of like getting a chocolate from your son at 7 a.m. Anyway, watch on!
“Can’t Forget You”
“Back of the Car”
R.I.P. Scott Weiland
Everything you’d want in a frontman. What an influence on me. What a tragic loss. Rest easy rock star. You were one of the great ones.
About A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Jon Chattman’s music series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles — just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Air Supply, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds and Bastille.