I promised you an EP? Not quite sure about that…

Earlier today, I was contacted by a record label who were asking me for an update on the EP that I was making for them. Apparently, I’d missed the deadline by over a week and they were wondering what the hold up was.

There was just one little problem here. You see, I’ve never actually contacted this label in my life. I’ve reviewed a few of their tracks in my Six On Saturday column, but that’s the extent of how much I have to do with them.

It was a weird email to receive, but it’s nice to know I’ve somehow got on their radar. I left them with my remix calling card and went on my way.

Speaking of which, I’ve got two remixes that I need to get finished…

Doctors pay people involved in experiments. Why not musicians?

One lesson I’ve learnt from the roughly 5 years that I’ve now been doing this Amateur At Play thing is never agree to do a remix on the grounds that someone is “experimenting” with the idea. They won’t release them.

I can say that with absolute confidence. A few years ago, there was a contestant on a reality TV show who subsequently got on with releasing an album. Her record label mentioned that they wanted to “experiment” with remixes. Apparently, it wasn’t something they had done before, but the artist was very keen to get some done.

Call me naive, by all means. Frankly, I was. I contacted them to express an interest and was contacted by a representative from the label. They sent me a free copy of the album, which was terribly nice of them. I chose two tunes I was interested in reworking. They sent the parts for both and I got to work.

Respecting the copyright of the records means I cannot share them with you, but I can vouch that I did a seriously good job on both. It’s frustrating that I can’t name the singer here, because her vocals are absolutely incredible – easily some of the best I’ve ever worked with. This made the job easier. I sent off my premasters to the label.

I never heard anything back. Follow-up emails asking for updates went totally unanswered. As far as I can tell, not one remix of anything from the album has been released. Talk about a waste of time for everyone involved.

Lesson of the day? Make sure you’re getting paid. That way, even if your remix never sees the light of day, st least you have something to show for your time!

Currently on sale at the Amateur At Play bakery

Welcome to the Amateur At Play bakery! I’ve got three lovely new things fresh out of the oven for you at the moment. See what you think of each one.

Firstly, this is my remix contest winning entry for “Don’t Give Up”, a song by Dormidontov & Newzs Feat. Michael Balzer. [Hypeddit]

Secondly, this is one track of two off my latest EP. It’s called “Bring On The Love” and is out now on Traxsource.

Finally, this one is due to drop on the streaming sites in a few days. My moody dub of “When The Sun Goes Down” by Jerem A.

And if none of those takes your fancy, (seriously?) head to your site of choice and search under Amateur At Play!

Dormidontov & Newzs Feat. Michael Balzer – Don’t Give Up (Amateur At Play’s Classic Vocal) ++ OUT NOW! ++

This one is out now on Traxsource, Beatport, Deezer, Spotify and all kinds of other places. Simply click here and choose your pleasure!

I’m going to write a Behind The Record post for this remix over the weekend. In the meantime, did you know that I won a remix competition and that this was one of those winning entries?

It’s true. I even wrote a series about the experience. Part 1 is over here, and Part 2 is here.

Back once again with the Monday behaviour

Welcome to the start of another week on this website. Thanks to new followers from over the past week who are now discovering all the content they knew and… well, loved might be overdoing it, but at least you now know it’s here!

Firstly, my latest releases. My slow, moody dub of “When The Sun Goes Down” by Jerem A is doing the rounds and can be purchased here. In the meantime, my remix for IQ Musique and Phie Claire of “Makes Me Feel Like This” is on general release now – streaming and downloads!

As I mentioned yesterday, I’m working on some 2-step kind of stuff in addition to the more traditional Amateur At Play fare. That’s something that’ll continue this week, alongside one or two remixes that need to be finished.

Speaking of which, I’m currently in a position to do remixes. I’m not expensive, promise! Details below…