Take us through the creative process. The collection of remixes you put together sounds like much more of a
cohesive musical piece than a collection of remixes. What was your concept in the beginning?
Thanks, good to hear. The main idea was to stick with what they were doing on the album, production wise,
style wise, the way songs transition etc.
I started digging for loops from all sorts of sources, looking for stuff they could've sampled on the
album, matching the original song concepts, flow, / cadence, their voices etc.
I went through tons and tons of records, trying all sorts of combinations of different breaks, loops, bits and
pieces for each song until all elements complimented each other. This was an exciting process, very time
consuming and totally frustrating at times lol.
Once I would have the main loop for a song it would become increasingly difficult to finish. Every layer you
add needs to match / fit all the stuff you added before.
I also wanted to reference the original versions by recreating some parts and incorporating some of the same
samples as the album versions, like the intro of Car Thief, the outro of Hey Ladies, the Shake Your Rump
scratches, the Pink Floyd 'Time' loop on Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun etc.
Did you have to limit the scope of your ambition because you couldn't find clean vocals or is the finished
product exactly what you imagined?
Well... I would've loved to do the entire album but the main issue indeed... the super low resolution
vocals on Car Thief, Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun and Stop That Train.
When I started working on the EP I was convinced I would somehow get my hands on cleaner versions, but that
didn't happen. I contacted Minton and a couple of the DVD remixers but the ones that got back at me
didn't back-up their old systems with the vocals.
The instrumentals are pretty much the way I imagined them though I would probably make a few small changes
here and there now.
The break between Hey Ladies and Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun on your EP mimics the audio from 5-Piece
Chicken Dinner. Was that intentional?
Wow... It does! That wasn't intentional at all lol. That's just the intro to Looking Down The Barrel
Of A Gun. I did want the transition from Hey Ladies to Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun to be as abrupt as the
transition from Hey Ladies to Five Piece Chicken Dinner though.
Take us through the process of getting it on wax. It's one thing to do a remix project, but entirely another
thing to have it actually pressed.
That wasn't my idea actually / initially. When I was mixing and finalizing the versions that made the EP
I used to do weekly listening sessions at my friend Lars' office. After a couple of sessions he was like
'Yo, I want this on vinyl' (He's a collector as well) After finishing the mixes I sent the
songs off to mastering then Lars had the acetates and dub plates cut. Soon after that we decided to do a
limited vinyl run.
Only 2 of the 5 tracks that were a part of the project have surfaced on a physical format. Do you have
hopes/plans for the other 3?
For this project... I'm pretty sure this will be it unless some insider emails me all of the high
Can fans of this mix look forward to any other Beastie Boys or other EP's from you, or is it a one and done
For sure! I will keep remixing their stuff. I started working on BBCYH... Single or EP, maybe upload the
BBPBEP outtakes if people are interested. I still would love to finish TT5BR as well. No more release dates or
For us nerds... how many acetates/dub plates/vinyl versions have been or will be created?
There are three acetates, three clear dub plates
(of which one skips on some turntables) and there's one black dub plate. There will be 150 clear vinyl
records for sale initially.
If you prefer to remain an international man of mystery we can't blame you, but if you'd like to give fans of
the remixes access where can they go to find out more about what you are working on?
The BB forum