Stent un­der­takes tal­ent search for fresh sounds

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA karishma.dipa@inl.co.za

ARE you an as­pir­ing pro­ducer who has a fresh take on mu­sic and an ear for an au­then­tic sound?

Then you could be one of a few who might be cho­sen to remix vet­eran mu­si­cian Mark Stent’s new al­bum.

To­gether with lo­cal record la­bel David Gre­sham Records, the South African DJ and pro­ducer is invit­ing up-and-com­ing mu­si­cians to be a part of the mu­si­cal of­fer­ing.

Stent, who has been set­ting dance floors alight for nearly two decades, told The Star that the ra­tio­nale for in­clud­ing hope­fuls in his al­bum was to give them ex­po­sure as well as to spice up his own mu­sic of­fer­ing.

“This is an op­por­tu­nity to em­power the youth and, through a huge record la­bel, give their mu­sic a plat­form be­cause there is so much tal­ent out there,” he said.

“I also want to get fresh ears and give my own mu­sic an orig­i­nal sound.”

Stent ex­plained that the call for sub­mis­sions is to remix the 12 tracks on his al­bum Solid, which was re­leased a few months ago.

The up­dated ver­sion of the al­bum will then be ti­tled Solid 2.0 and will fea­ture the mu­si­cian’s orig­i­nal tracks, of all gen­res, with a twist as it will have the in­put of the successful ap­pli­cants who were cho­sen to remix songs.

Stent said that from the scores of hope­fuls who en­ter, 24 would ul­ti­mately be cho­sen to remix his al­bum.

He in­sists that Solid was one of the highlights of his ca­reer due to the va­ri­ety of mu­sic, with five of the tracks top­ping the charts.

He ex­pects even more suc­cess for Solid 2.0.

“I am ex­cited about put­ting out even bet­ter mu­sic with the new al­bum.”

In or­der to be one of the se­lect few, as­pir­ing pro­duc­ers are urged to email one of their own orig­i­nal pro­duc­tions to carla@gre­sham.co.za

They should then share their orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion on Face­book and la­bel it #SOLIDsearch while list­ing three of the songs on the al­bum they would like to remix.

Stent said hope­fuls should also sup­ply a short video clip to mo­ti­vate why they should be apart of the Solid 2.0 al­bum.

He added it was im­por­tant to in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments of so­cial me­dia into the sub­mis­sion process as it would give en­trants even more ex­po­sure, as this was where an en­tire new au­di­ence could have ac­cess to the con­tent.

“It is also im­por­tant to in­clude the pub­lic in this, and so­cial me­dia is such a great way to do so,” he said.

En­tries will close on July 10, and be­tween then and July 14, of­fi­cials from David Gre­sham Records as well as Stent him­self will choose the 24 fi­nal­ists.

The short­list of can­di­dates will be an­nounced on July 17.

“When we an­nounce the fi­nal­ists, we will send them the sep­a­rates of the songs we have cho­sen them to pro­duce,” said Stent.

The “bat­tle pe­riod” will take place on July 28, when the pro­duc­ers will load a two-minute clip of the mix to SoundCloud, and the songs that have been lis­tened to the most will be the win­ners.

“The pro­duc­ers will be en­cour­aged to pro­mote their ver­sion on so­cial me­dia,” Stent pointed out.

The ul­ti­mate win­ner will be an­nounced on Au­gust 11 and Solid 2.0 is ex­pected to be avail­able three days later for pre-or­der on iTunes, while the al­bum is ex­pected to be re­leased on Septem­ber 1.

Stent notes that al­though ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to make sub­mis­sions, only the best pro­duc­ers and high­est qual­ity of mu­sic will be se­lected.

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