Jacknife Lee “Hit the Bell” Remix Challenge Winners

After 30 days, more than 100 submissions and 8 finalists, we’re finally here. Selecting the winners proved much more difficult than anticipated, but the remixes we chose to be the winners are the ones we found the most exciting, and the best put-together tracks compositionally.

Without any further ado, Jacknife Lee, AWAL, and Soundation are very pleased to announce that the two winners of Jacknife Lee “Hit the Bell” Remix Challenge are… Joxxster and Voxel!

Congrats Galaxian, Joxxter and Voxel for winning a masterclass with Jacknife Lee, one year of Soundation Premium and Soundation merch. Let’s hear what they have to say about their remixes.

Galaxian

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a 15 year old from California who likes listening to music and drawing. I’m an aspiring musician, animator and programmer.

When did you start producing music on Soundation?

I started back in June of 2018. I admit I was pretty mediocre when I started but I had gradually increased my skill set by this point.

What attracted you to remix “Hit the Bell”?

I often get an artist block and I felt like this remix contest would be a fun way to help me get over my artist block. I’m pretty happy with the results.

What’s your creation process for “Hit the Bell” remix?

I decided to double the time because I feel more comfortable in faster tempos. I also wanted to find a part that I could chop up and make something really weird but cool out of it. That was the groundwork that I used to stack sounds onto.

It was a challenge writing the midi notes due to me not knowing much about the keys, but I eventually got it by ear. I switched out the drums for ones I thought fit more with the remix and the lyrics. I took some of the ad-libs and put them into the intro and added a phaser in the second drop. I also decided to add a small vocal clip at the end because why not.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In 5 years, I see myself still making music and working on my animation skills. That’s about all I can see at this point in time.

Joxxster

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a musician that primarily focuses on making trap and hip-hop beats, but I dabble in a lot of other genres as well. I like adding my own touch to preexisting genres as well as making my own content and flipping samples.

When did you start producing music on Soundation?

I started producing on Soundation half way through 2017. I started off with experimenting with loops, and then slowly started making my own music. I chose Soundation because they had the most features and the community is a big part of what makes this website great.

What attracted you to remix “Hit the Bell”?

It was a new challenge for me as I haven’t done much remixing of full songs before. I’m always trying to branch out and try something new, so this was a good opportunity to do that.

What’s your creation process for “Hit the Bell” remix?

I listened to this song multiple times with full instrumentation, and then only the a cappella. It helped me come up with a melody and how I wanted my song to sound overall. I decided to keep the verses lo-fi style and then transition into a slow-moving future bass feel.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I plan to keep developing my sound as a producer and put myself out there and expose my music to as many people as possible. I saw this competition as a good first step to my goal. I’m extremely grateful that I got this opportunity!!

Voxel

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a musician specializing in electronic music, with hints of classical and other genres sprinkled about. I’m fairly ‘purist’ when it comes to using the studio – trying to make everything myself but also pushing myself to invent new ways of doing things. I’m inspired by artists such as Teminite, TheFatRat, and Creo, who I hold as almost musical idols.

When did you start producing music on Soundation?

I first learned to make music on Garageband and Logic Pro on my school’s macs before I found out about Soundation in 2017. It was Soundation’s bustling community and wealth of musical knowledge that made me sign up, and I’ve been making music here ever since. Because Soundation was much easier to use, I found myself making all the stuff I wasn’t able to before.

What attracted you to remix “Hit the Bell”?

It was a very different genre to what I usually did, and I didn’t feel too comfortable stepping outside my comfort zone at first. After listening to the track a few times over, however, I noticed that the bassline had great potential for a banging bassline, reminiscent of DuoCore’s “The Furious” – a track that you can tell had an extremely heavy influence on my remix.

What’s your creation process for “Hit the Bell” remix?

The first thing I did was translating Lee’s track into something heavier than the upbeat bouncy percussion that drove the original. The biggest challenge was getting the bell sound right. Looking back now, I’m glad I put all of my efforts into the remix.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I’m taking a music course at the moment. I plan to enter into the music industry as a composer, making music for other media such as Film, TV, and Games, while making my own music in what little free time I may or may not have in the future. I won’t be forgetting the jumpstart that Soundation has given me into the world of music.

Shout out to everyone who participated in the challenge. Stay tuned for the announcement of the third winner!

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