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Mix Master: The Multiple Musical Dimensions of Ki: Theory

What are the steps to remixing the work of other artists like Kings of Leon and Queens of the Stone Age? There’s usually not a lot of creative input from the artist you’re remixing. It’s your interpretation of the band’s work. I’ve never had any of the artists come back to me and try to change anything. I approach a remix as if I’m writing a brand new original track by bringing in my own instruments. I’d estimate I only use about 10 percent of the actual track I’m remixing.

Why do you give away all of your music for free on your website? Again it goes back to the changing industry. You can find any record you want for free on the Internet. Some people still pay for music, but it’s obviously not what it used to be. At this point I want to turn as many people on to my music as possible, so I feel like this is the best way to offer new fans access. In the old school, it was cool to be a mysterious rock star who didn’t connect with fans. Now, no matter who you are, if you’re not connecting, you’re not going to last very long.

Trail Mix
Download 10 free fresh tracks of regional roots music in our monthly online section, Trail Mix. This month’s favorites:

Kina Grannis – “The One You Say Goodnight To”
Grannis delivers infectious folk pop with a roots edge and delicate floating harmonies on this track from her debut album Stairwells.

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers – “Best Love”
The film star and comedian shows off his banjo skills with backing from one of North Carolina’s best bluegrass bands.

Dub is a Weapon – “Asheville”
The live dub outfit from Brooklyn, N.Y., pays tribute to one of their favorite cities in the Blue Ridge.

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