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Founder of the techno label Autektone Records & all-around techno heavyweight T78 delivers a new remix for Marco V’s iconic early 2000s track ‘GODD’. Celebrating 20 years since the original’s release, T78 holds onto its euphoric energy & pushes it further into the darker edges of dance music

Now, that ‘Godd’ continues to celebrate its 20 years of existence, T78 has held on to the magic of the original’s euphoric energy & renowned dominating vocal but pushing it further to the darker edges of dance music in a fresh & commanding remix that is set to rip apart dance floors. 

A legendary single, ‘GODD’ is one of the most emblematic electronic releases from the 2000s with many DJs playing it at the main festivals and dancefloors across the Europe.  With a tech-trance core that engulfs thunderous basslines and inoculation of rip-roaring euphoric energy, the single had an immense number of remixes and live versions at the time. Having been at the forefront of the global techno-trance movement for more than two decades, Marco V’s indisputable position at the helm of the techier side of Dutch dance music continues to soar. 

To celebrate the release, we asked T78 for his top remix production tips.

  1. Make sure to use the existing elements of the original.

Well making a remix is much easier for me because I already have the inspiration of the existing elements so I can add extra stuff on top of that or just rework the original ideas with the original files. Normally what I do is take the essential stuff from the original track and add on top my own drums, kick drum and even synths. Sometimes I come up with more, but yeah that’s basically the big difference. A classic track you have the inspiration you know; I never start anything with no inspiration. You just need play around and see what comes up.

  1. Look for some inspiration by former remixers.

Normally I listen carefully to the original track and eventually I check out also the other versions if there are any. Of course, I also check previous remixes made by somebody else, for example, the Marco V track I did check the original version and also the B side because I have the vinyl’s at home. I extract elements from each version. I was also checking other remixes, even in different genres I remember there was a hard style remix and more hard trance stuff as well. Sometimes this is helpful, but sometimes it gives you too much input. It’s really difficult to select what’s good and what’s not good. But yeah, What I do essentially is focus on a few elements that really work for me and put my touch on top of that. 

  1. Surprise Elements

Crucial points if we are talking about it in this case. A remix made almost 20 years later, yeah of course you have to do something more to relive a classic like that. You know the Marco V – GODD track has a huge vocal, a super vocal that reminds you immediately of the original one. So it was not just enough for me to put the vocal on my own beats, I had to come up with something else. So the crucial point wasn’t at the breakdown, so after that I needed to build it up, and then the vocal comes in. I was stuck at you know around like four minutes, I said okay now I really have to do something that surprises the listener and gives an extra greatness of this already great track.

  1. Don’t stare blindly into familiar things.

Of course, the vocal in GODD is so familiar with everyone, it’s all about that in the original track. But it also had like a secret bass. A bass that inspired me a lot and so I just wanted to re-create the same feeling with my own sound, also one of the other versions has this chopped vocal and I tried to recreate it into my remix. I think I made it and yeah basically those three elements were the ones. So make sure to look further than just the familiar piece of the track.

  1. Do your background research.

Well, the fact that I was playing the original version back in 2002 made this a big big big thing for me, because it reminds me of the good old days when I was a resident DJ and I was playing you know all kinds of hard dance, hard trance. Also, trance music was really popular back then, so I didn’t have much information apart from that about the track. Of course, I knew that Marco V was a big name, he played a lot of the biggest festivals around the world, especially in that decade, but also later during the EDM time I was following him and his productions. But recreating ‘God’, I knew there were a lot of remixes been made during these past 20 years. When I started remixing this track it was my goal to make the best out of it.

  1. Game plan “GODD” in a short recap.

First I was working with the vocals of the track, the chopped vocals, drums and kickdrums basically. But at a certain point, I wanted to come up with something completely new and I ended up with those epic chords. I have to say those chords were already part of the demo that I was working on years ago but I never finished that track, so I was kind of uninspired because you know the chords were good but the rest I have no idea what to do with. So, you know when I was working on the remix, it popped up in my mind that I had those chords part somewhere in my hard drive. I found the song and I extracted the midi files I put it in the same key and it was just perfect. But the drop was still you know something unclear to me at that point, I was like okay, this is the buildup. We have the super cool vocals with the real driving bassline, then we go into like a hard trance breakdown and epic chords and what’s going to happen for the main drop? My hard dance and background came to help, so I use this screeching sound that is not really typical for techno, but for this remix, it’s just like a cherry on top.

  1. Make sure to build your arrangement fast, this gives you a better direction in the producing.

I think it took me like one day or two to get the whole arrangement without taking care so many of the details. I remember I had this drum stem taken from another track that I made a few months before so it helped me to have the direction when it comes to the break or drop. But I didn’t just follow that. I already had you know the old drum section done at least and this saved a lot of time so I could concentrate more on other elements. This is something that I used to do when it comes to remixes. Basically, when I work on originals I try to use some of my typical elements like maybe high-hats or the attack of the kick, but basically, for a remix, I try to put my own sound from different tracks. That’s why when I make something I save the stems, and group stems each time so I can reuse them very easily into another thing.

  1. Don’t forget to check older projects, sometime the missing link swims somewhere in your hard drive haha!

I think many producers want to come up with something new regarding a track because the concept for a remix is clear. I looked into my hard drive and found something useful actually. I made them in 2007 or something like that. Anyway, they were supposed to be for a hard style track back then, but yeah I said let’s try, let’s give it a try and they fit perfectly. Of course, then I create that screeching sound for the main drop, and it was like this has to be a only bombs track. So, it blew my mind when I had a play around and I found out that it was just perfect with that kick.

Marco V – GODD (T78 Remix) is out now via In Charge – https://beyourselfplay.nl/ic245

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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