I have been a fan of IAMX since I first heard their single ‘Spit it Out’ while on tour in 2006. I was impressed not only by the songwriting and production (all done by the very talented Chris Corner) but also by the unique style and authenticity of this band. That being said, I recently had the pleasure of remixing the title track from IAMX’s latest record – ’Volatile Times’ [BMG/Rough Trade].
From my experience, most remixes present a certain set of challenges which arise from the unique source material each artist gives me to work with. Some examples would be over-effected tracks or a lack of usable lyrical content. While it’s true that these challenges can sometimes be creatively stimulating, I find they are (for the most part) time consuming and detract from my overall vision of a mix.
On rare occasions, I run into a mix which has none of these challenges. Such was the case with this IAMX remix. In fact, there were simply too many great vocal hooks, poignant lyrics and interesting musical lines to include them all in my mix!
While I enjoyed cutting up and reconstructing the unique vocal stylings and refreshing instrumentation of ‘Volatile Times’, my favourite aspect was tracking some bass guitar for several sections of the remix. Normally I stay away from my stringed instruments when I remix but this mix called for it. I also had fun incorporating some new audio software including some toys from the cool folks at Twisted Tools.
The ‘Volatile Times (Clayton Worbeck Mix)’ will be released later this fall. I will post a clip and more details in the coming weeks.
For those following my remix work, this is the first remix I have released since the two tracks I remixed for Filter’s fifth studio album ‘The Trouble with Angels‘ last summer. I took a break from remixing to move the Sonic Sietch into a new location where the immediate focus was finishing up a movie score and soundtrack for Stayte’s documentary ‘Walking in the Land of Wind and Ghost‘. I will be remixing more material soon and will definitely be crossing paths with IAMX for some future musical endeavours.