Earlier this month we hosted a remix contest in partnership with the legendary reggae group Inner Circle and their record label Warner Music, for the track ‘Tenement Yard’ ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller. This track is particularly special to the group since they recorded the original with the late reggae pioneer Jacob Miller in 1976, before a tragic car accident took his life a few years later. For Inner Circle, the contest represented an opportunity to let young producers breathe new life into their classic hit, and to give a whole new generation the chance to work with a piece of reggae music history.
The contest received significant attention from blogs and other digital media channels, resulting in over 350 contest entrants and 60 remix submissions! Though many remixes blended traditional roots reggae and dub elements, several producers tried creative ways to embed tropical house, future house, electro, dubstep, jungle, drum and bass, and various other genre’s into their remixes. The Inner Circle crew and their label especially liked the tropical feel good vibes in a remix submitted by Swedish up-and-coming producer, Cookie Climber, and have selected his entry as the contest winner, earning him a release on Warner Music for the ‘Tenement Yard’ remixes EP! The two runner’s up, Medial Banana and D&A made the decision quite difficult with their quality remixes, and deserve some recognition from the SKIO community for their work.
This being only the second remix contest hosted on the SKIO Music platform, the substantial increase in traffic resulted in helpful user feedback. We are happy to announce that our SKIO developer team is already working on incorporating these improvements into the platform for our future contests. That being said, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our SKIO Music family for your patience in waiting for a winner announcement and for giving us valuable feedback on the remix contest format. Together we can truly build SKIO into a platform where artists from all around the world with various skill levels and styles can engage with high quality content and create meaningful collaborations!