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New Artist Spotlight: Remot

by Travis on April 22, 2008

- www.myspace/

- Link for Hello Brooklyn (Remot Remix)

- Link for Be Prepared-Akrobatik feat. Little Brother (Remox Remix)

- Link for American Gangster Remoted -

Any of you who know me beyond “Trav at WYDU” know I had a problem. An addiction of sorts. I was an “American Gangster” Remix junkie. Day and night, I wouldn’t bath, I wouldn’t sleep, I’d change clothes only to run back to the computer and scour the internet for my next fix. Okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but I do have a 100 plus of the damn things. Needless to say, I got a little tired of them. So about the time the hip hop site, HipHopDX posted their contest for the best Jay-Z remix album, I wasn’t paying much attention. That meant, I didn’t hear of my man Remot until his manager, Sean D, hit me up asking me to give it a listen. I must admit, it was most definitely in the top five I heard, if not the best and remember, I spent hours upon hours that I will never get back listening to those things. None the less Remot is about become known for more than just winning the biggest “American Gangster” remix contest on the web, this cat has skills. He recently did a track with WYDU favorite, Donny Goines:

Play out in the Rain Prod. by Remot

And is poised to make more noise in the very near future with some artists you may have heard of, and others that you will be hearing of.

I had a chance to sit down and kick it with Remot and here is what transpired.


WYDU: What’s up? We’ll need a little introduction and background info like who you are, are you a card carrying communist, and if you were a tree, what tree would you be? You know, the vital shit.

Remot: My name is Remot. Not Remote with an “e.” Not down with so and so. Not a communist, definitely a palm tree.

W: Palm trees are dope. So how long have you been producing?

R: Seriously producing for a little over two years.

W: What equipment do you use in the lab? What is your favorite piece and how long did it take you to “master” the fine art of producing?

R: I make beats on my laptop, and I’ve pretty much used the same software since day one so I don‘t really have a “favorite.” I use Goldwave and FL Studio 6.0 for basically everything. It took me probably 6-7 months to have a solid understanding of FL but a couple years and thousands of hours later and I still probably haven’t “mastered” it. It’s an insanely powerful program. It’s capable of so much. I still haven’t explored everything it has to offer.

W: As a software user, what is your take on the whole “Hardware” vs. “Software” debate that seems to be getting more intense?

R: At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you’re using. You could have the most expensive, hi-tech computer setup or you could be on an old, beat-up SP 1200, both are capable of making great music. It’s not like you buy an MPC and all of a sudden you’re more hip-hop than the next guy. A lot of notorious mainstream producers who don’t get a lot of love from heads are on MPC’s. But discriminating is just ignorant when you’re talking about equipment. Everybody’s on all sorts of different shit, Kev Brown’s on an MPC, Alchemist’s on the ASR, 9th of course uses Fruity Loops… I think Madlib uses a few different machines. The point is that it doesn’t make a difference as long as you master your craft. I used to tell myself that once I could afford a machine I would drop FL. Now it’s like, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?

W: Who are some of your influences on the boards?

R: Primo, PR, Dill Withers, Extra P, Just Blaze, Madlib.

W: Who are the potential artists you would like to work with in the future?

R: Anyone from Erykah Badu to Kanye West. I dunno. I’d really like to work with Murs, Dilated, Jadakiss. There’s a gang of people I want to work with.

W: You won the Hip Hop DX contest, so it seems like you are getting some love. How do you feel about the reception that your AG remix project has received? You gotten any groupies off of it yet?

R: I’m glad it’s gotten a lot of love and it’s cool that HipHopDX is pressing it but I wish they were doing more copies. No groupies for your boy I stay in the lab.

W: What does the future hold in store for Remot?

R: Keep making music. Errday. Errday, errday. When they say, whatchu gonna do today? Just say…

W: Alright man, thanks and best of luck!

R: Thank you

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