Oliver Chesler, aka The Horrorist, is a busy guy.
But between holding down a job, jetting to Berlin to perform at techno shows and maintaining an active website, he’s spending his time doing free remixes – trading them for remixes of his own tracks.
Chesler offers three reasons:
- You don’t have to shell out a bunch of cash to get a remix of your tracks;
- It forces you to work on material that’s not your own, which can be a creative challenge; and
- The remixes that you do for other artists get promoted by those artists, multiplying your exposure and getting your name into the world.
One more reason to consider doing some free remixes is collaboration. Electronic music gear makes it easy to work in a vacuum – or an echo chamber. Collaboration on remixes may introduced some new ideas into your music.