A while back, Josh Legg (Goldroom/Nightwaves/Binary) sent me some tracks for a new project he was starting named after one of our favorite spots in Silverlake. He asked what I thought of them and also asked me to point out my favorites. Although I really enjoyed all of them, I especially liked “Nights in Nantes”. Something about great dance tracks with a simple but great hook really get me going. So I sent him feedback and a short while later, Goldroom was unleashed to the public and started gaining attention. I was really happy for Josh, and was glad that people were enjoying these tracks as much as I did. A little while later, Josh put up the acapella tracks for some of his songs including this one. I decided to take it upon myself to take a stab at remixing it, but I didn’t let Josh know that I was in case I didn’t like how it came out and decided to scrap the idea, like many bootleg remixes I start.
When I first heard this track, my mind really wanted to hear an old disco violin fall under the word “see” so, as soon as I loaded the vocal and drums up, that was the first thing I added. I decided to go with a “Presets” style staccato rhythmic bass layered with another more distorted bass on top playing a different rhythm. I used the release and filters on the lead bass to give the breakdowns some rising tension. For the main break, I built a huge vocoder to run Josh’s vocals through to give them some extra life. The hardest part about this remix was using the vocals in a way where they didn’t become too monotonous. Josh does a great job employing them in the original, but he also has a lot of instrumental parts. Being that this was a remix and the only stem I had to use was the vocal, I didn’t want to have too many parts with no vocals and just my instrumentation. I have never liked remixes that use a 10 second vocal sample from the original then go into some dance breakdown that has nothing to do with the song. Why even make it a remix and not just an original? I feel most of the producers that do that are hacks that are just using the name of the track to get hype machine plays. But I digress. With the vocals, I did my best to cut out words and add accents to keep things interesting while still using them for most of the track and I feel that it came out pretty good.
When I sent it to Josh, he was a bit surprised since he had no idea I was working on this. He seemed to enjoy it and called it “apocalyptic”. I guess that sums it up pretty nicely.
Gold Room - Nights in Nantes (Short Circuit Remix) by shortcircuitLA