This track steps out of my normal world of writing or remixing. While I have dabbled in industrial in the past and Trent Reznor’s production style has had a significant influence on me at times, the original for this song veers strongly into the avant garde of the industrial scene, and definitely out of my usual sphere of influence. This made for an interesting and very fulfilling challenge as I had to work my usual style around sounds and structures that were basically foreign to me.

Occult Celebrity from Johan Ess is a beautifully dystopian view of the organized chaos surrounding 21st century celebrity, and the structure of the original follows this theme to a tee. Sounds come and go, rhythms seem to change at will, and Johan’s vocal treatment reinvents itself multiple times just like today’s celebrities.

What I tried to do with this remix was to massage some order from amid the chaos, replacing constant change with familiar repetition. (Think scene kids finding a niche and replicating it amongst their circles.) The chaos is still there. The reinvention still happens. What once appeared random is now an evolution of derivatives, changing over time with only occasional drastic jumps to emphasize a point in time.

I like the fresh approach I’ve taken to telling the same story that Johan has created, only with the fingerprints of Solarno all over it. I feel that it gives the story a different voice and setting while leaving the base emotion intact.

This remix ranks among the most complex tracks I’ve created to date. It contains nearly 50 channels strips of audio, instruments, busses, auxiliary sends, and sub mixes. My poor 4 1/2 year old MacBook Pro is being stretched to it’s limits, yet I keep throwing more at it. As with many of my recent works, my workhorse synth for the original bass lines and pads has been the impOSCar from G-Force. I love this synth. Love. All drums and percussion are from NI’s Battery 3 using the Toksin kits.

I hope you enjoyed this remix of Johan Ess’s ‘Occult Celebrity’.
Thank you for listening.
Cheers!

You can hear the original and more here:
http://johan-ess.bandcamp.com/
and here:
http://www.johan-ess.com/