DIMITRI FROM PARIS: Unlike what most people imagine, one doesn't choose what one wants to remix because there is no public access to the originally recorded, separated tracks for one to mess with. That said, in the last few years, some of those original multi-tracks seem to have been leaking out. A lot of people have been trying to collect, and there's been some trading going on. I've been lucky enough to be asked to officially remix some of the old disco classics.
How do you approach your remixes and re-edits?Ashfon & Simpford Stay Free
(Dimitri From Paris Unreleased Dubstrumental)
It starts by getting a digital transfer of the original and unmixed multitrack recording of the song. It usually consists of about 16 to 24 tracks of separate instruments and vocals. When aligned and balanced together, they form the original LP take of the song that most people are familiar with. I start from those separated tracks and I re-combine them, actually re-mixing them to form a new version. I refrain from adding any foreign elements, in order to preserve the original spirit of the song while updating its sound and structure.
I use only 2 platforms: Ableton and Pro Tools. I start laying out ideas on Ableton, which is quick to work with and handles virtual synths very well. Once I get all the track I need in very basic arrangements, I'll print dry, un-effected stems and import everything into Pro Tools. That's my platform of choice for further arrangement edits, and final mix.
Chic I Want Your Love
(Dimitri From Paris Remix)
What do you find are the most receptive "disco" markets in the world currently?
I would have to say the UK has been showing great response lately. I haven't played much House in my latest gigs there. That's great because I have a hard time finding new House stuff that I want to play.
What disco record has the deepest meaning for you personally?
The Glow Of Love by Change is for me the most beautiful disco song ever made—everything is perfectly balanced. It's expertly arranged, emotional, universal, and still danceable, even by today's standards.
Donny Hathaway The Ghetto
(Dimitri From Paris Inna Disco)
What does New York mean to you in relation of your career?
New York means pretty much everything to me in terms of music. 90% of the music I grew up liking and that inspired me, either came from there, or was made big by New York DJs. François K, Shep Pettibone, Tom Moulton, Larry Levan, Tony Humphries, Arthur Baker, Frankie Knuckles and Masters At Work—in a nutshell, all New Yorkers schooled me with their musical creativity, and made me what I am today.