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Music March, 4 2009

Mad Decent x Fairtilizer x Nike Sportswear x Highsnobiety: Remix Contest

Together with out friends from Fairtilizer and Nike Sportswear we present you the Mad Decent remix contest. We provide you with the acapella and an original song that you can download and remix. You have to submit your remix and then the people of Mad Decent will choose a winner. The winner will be featured on the Mad Decent website and on Fairtilizer and you also get some gear from Nike Sportswear.

After the jump all the details and download links, rules, as well as a quick interview with Mad Decent’s label manager Jasper Goggins. Good luck and have fun remixing!

THE RULES

1. Download the acapella & original song
Download the acapella: http://fairtilizer.com/tracks/24764/download
Download the original song: http://fairtilizer.com/tracks/24763/download
Note: original track 134 bpm

2. Remix the song!

3. Upload your remix on http://fairtilizer.com and name it Hood Celebrity (your name Remix) and add “Mad Decent remix contest” in the tags.
Note: You have to register to http://fairtilizer.com to be able to upload a track (it takes 30 seconds and it’s free)

4. The winner will be selected by Mad Decent.

Prize:
Surprise package by Nike Sportswear
Your remix will appear on Maddecent.com
Your remix will be featured on the Fairtilizer home page and newsletter
T-shirts and goodies from Fairtilizer

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT REMIX: MARCH 31st

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Interview with Jasper Goggins, Label Manager of Mad Decent:

What’s in store for Mad Decent in 2009?

Just trying to keep the label rolling, continually evolving, and putting out music we feel strongly about, regardless of genre.

What was musically exciting in 2008?

It was exciting watching a lot of people that we work with, or have known for a long time, come into their own, get semi-famous, played on the radio, etc. Diplo, Switch & MIA nominated for Record Of The Year at the Grammy’s was the capper. They didn’t win, but that was crazy. Other than that, it was just good to see a lot of interesting music creeping into the national consciousness- it seems that people, in a very general sense, are more open to things that are a bit more complex than the pure pop that has been dominating for the last few years. Lil Wayne for example, biggest selling artist of 2008.

And what will be musically exciting in 2009?

I feel like we’re just at the beginning of a musically adventurous time – economy in the shitter almost always equals great things in the arts, so it will be really cool to see what crops up this year. Not only in terms of all the great music that we as insiders always know about and appreciate, but also the stuff that crosses over into the mainstream. I mean Animal Collective was in the top ten on iTunes for a minute and even super pop stuff like Lady Gaga is kind of interesting when you scratch the surface.

What are the things that make you sign an artist?

Diplo gets really excited about something and decides we should have had it out 2 months ago.

The music industry has been in a transition phase for a while now…is the future bright? How do you think things will evolve?

As far as the the industry goes, people are just throwing things at a wall right now and seeing what sticks. I think the future is bright in an artistic sense, and bright for consumers, but it’s going to remain tough for the music industry to make money. And it’s already changed so much about the way things are done. I was reading the Stevie Wonder “Songs In The Key Of Life” 33 1/3 book the other day and I think they spent about half a million dollars just on the album listening session and the biggest billboard on earth in Times Square. Stuff like that is probably never going to happen again unless an artist with ridiculous money decides to do it themselves.

The internet offers fantastic tools for the business of music but the choice is so wide it sometimes gets pretty complicated. For you, what kind of services would the perfect website offer (in terms of tools useful for a record label, artist etc)?

This is a hard one to answer. I dont think I have the time to think it out! I like all the sites out there for certain things, but at the end of the day I really like controlling my own content and having people come to our website to find out about stuff. I guess the cool thing about sites like Fairtilizer is getting to see how people arrange and interact with your music, completely on their own.

What advice would you give to youngsters trying to make a living with music, a label, or any music-related activity?

Well those are very different categories. I think in general music – or any artistic endeavor for that matter – is a pretty tough place to earn a living. Of course there are plenty of people who do it, and make plenty of money, but the gap is enormous between the haves and the have nots whether you are talking about bands, singers, labels, websites, whatever. There’s a lot of competition out there and the internet has just made it easier to flood the market. It’s easier for people to get noticed but I think harder to make a lasting impact and/or any real money. DJ’ing is kind of the exception because there are tons of people out there who fall into this category of the “working dj” – most of them you’ll never know the name of, they dont even get their names on flyers necessarily, but they are able to make a living by playing the hits to drunk people at the local club or whatever.

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