The art of remixing is a powerful one. Through a kind of creative iteration by collaboration, it is possible to produce something which completely eclipses the original recording in terms of popularity, exposure and success. A prime example of this is the 2006 house classic ‘We Are Your Friends’ from ‘Justice Vs Simian’; where the French DJ duo remixed the track ‘Never Be Alone’ by English rock band ‘Simian’.

From the very first beat of the Justice edit, we’re hit with the instantly recognisable, iconic organ stabs, then just a few bars later we get launched straight into that funky bassline. It’s a solid, relentless intro which immediately grabs your attention and draws you in. Justice strip away the song’s indie/rock roots, taking its catchy chorus and injecting their trademark pumping, electro-house style, to totally transform the energy of the track.

At the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards, ‘We Are Your Friends’ won the award for ‘Best Music Video’, much to the disbelief of Kanye West, who immediately stormed the stage to voice his astonishment and disappointment of failing to win the award himself.

In 2015 the track’s anthemic title was immortalised in Hollywood, with a film release of the same name, featuring Zac Efron as the lead. An attempt to cash in on the sudden rise of EDM culture at the time, it received mixed reviews, but we’re sure both Justice and Simian enjoyed the royalties nonetheless!

This week we show you how to recreate the bass sound for yourself, using DRC.

Click here to download the Ableton project file

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Team Imaginando

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