“The Second Station EP” is now live across multiple platforms!
The EP is the second in a trilogy that began with the “Back to School” EP and will conclude with a third ep later on this year , so stay tuned!
Composed*, Produced and Performed by Joseph Bagwell with
James Bracey – Drums (2,6)
Gus Best – Hand Claps (6)
Callum Connah – Hand Claps, “Arriba” and Additional Percussion (6)
* Except “Jerome” composed by Jim Sullivan, arr. Joseph Bagwell
The preceding single from my upcoming EP “The Second Station” is available now. Across the day “The Joker” along with it’s b-side, a solo acoustic rendition, will pop up across online music stores and streaming services, keep an eye out for the song on your chosen platform!
The Second Station EP will be going live from 15th May, stay tuned !
Analysing the Original
“The Fuzz” by Callum Connah is an interesting chilled instrumental Hip Hop piece based around a nice piano riff. I also get hints of Jazz in the mix. Here is an exmapleof instrumental jazz hip hop from Youtuber “TheOfficialTone”
Talking to Callum himself he said that his main inspiration was the album “Coloring Book” by American rapper Chance the Rapper.
After listening to some sections of the album i can hear clear influences, first being the classic sub bass sound found in fair amount of hip hop orientated genres, also the mix of synthesised and organic sounds, especially with samples of real instruments chopped up in the background of a song.
To remix the piece i have a few ideas. First i can drastically stray from the hip hop/jazz elements of the original and craft a completely different tune using the stems provided. If i do so the remix would be influenced mainly by The Orb. This piece would probably end up quite ambient.
Secondly, (and the likely avenue i will take) is to create a remix with hip hop elements sticking close to the original but choping it up, creating an alternate version of sorts. Keeping the original vibe of the piece is my goal.
The remix i have created coincided with my second idea of sticking close to the orginal. I sampled the original drums to create and instrument to do the intro drums with. Bass guitar was also recorded over one section as chopping up the bass i had prooved to be somewhat tricky, plus i feel the clean bass sound still fits in with the original tone.
After creating the main remix i used that as a basis to create library versions of my mix. Copying the whole song in Abletons arrangement window along and then trimming, chopping and rearraning the piece to create a few lirbrary versions of varying size and also a Sting version, all of which can be heard above.
After meeting again with Callum to showcase the remix and library versions he said that he loved the remix and like how i was able to create something new that refelcted his original creation well, keeping the correct elements in and adding new ones where nessacary . The only thing he pointed out to me was that it needed slight mastering as the overall level of the track was low, something i subsequentaly went on to do as a final stage of creation.