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How Lars Deutsch went from Metal Guitarist to Movie Maestro

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We spoke to multi award-winning musician and composer after releasing a Fisherking remix of Paloma Rush’s song ‘Drive’ earlier today. Lars has perfected his craft in composition to write a whole host of scores for film and TV. As well as working alongside artists to help develop them and create music.

However, Lars had a very different start to his music industry life as a rock metal guitarist. From there he developed a keen interest in songwriting despite having no training in the art of composition. He moved to London, where he received a degree and perfected his craft. From there he began to compose scores for TV & Film. Even receiving an oscar nomination. But having always wanted to work alongside artists he recently teamed up with Paloma Rush, writing, performing and producing. This pairing came about

“Because of a film background I can work around people’s personalities and their voices… as a composer your job is to serve someone else vision but it’s good to have 50/50 creative control.”

Which is probably why the duo is doing so well at the moment, having released the single, they had ‘Drive’ remixed by various remixers. Cleverly staggering the releases of the remix so that each remixer has a chance to promote and share about spin on the song. Not only that, but they can expand and tailor their music for a variety of genres. Having found the remixers via Music Gateway, Lars offers some tips and advice to other members.

Lars didn’t want to stop at just one remix for ‘Drive’ and so is releasing various remixes. “The original is dark and moody and especially for California / the US, not a radio track. We liked it because it was different and the song pretty much came with the idea for the music video. We did not want to compromise the story, so we kept it the way it is. We also saw a lot of opportunities to do a more upbeat/fun/relaxed version of this track. Maybe get it in clubs, so we looked into remixes.” The Fisherking remix is the third in four remixes.

The remixes each have a different take on the song. “Catherine’s Remix is very EDM and full of energy. It is still big city, like our track, but more danceable. Indy’s Remix just makes us smile. The music is almost too cute for the words, but it totally works. The Fisher King Remix is great for licensing and with its openness tells the story really well. Rick’s remix is playful and very light – which added another nice colour to the mix.”

Lars sees the importance in having remixes for certain genres saying, “The right remix for the right artist can be very useful It can introduce you to new listeners, open new doors and show a different side of the track.” As long as the remix is good quality “Honestly, I think a lot of remixes are just mechanical, boring and they do not honour artist and story.”

He would also recommend that artists have their tracks remixed, but emphasises the importance of finding someone who understands who you are, what you stand for and can deliver the best quality. Lars also expresses the importance of overseeing the remixing or setting some clear rules. “After these rules are agreed upon, I just try whatever I can to support them. I created a package with all the tracks, mastered stems, midi files, etc – to make sure whichever way a remixer would want to go, they would have what they need.”

When we asked Lars how Music Gateway has helped the remix projects, lars mentioned a few ways the site was a good tool for him. “As you can see from my comments before, I am cautious about protecting my artist and the song. People expect quality from me, so I wanted to make sure, I have the tools to shepherd these remixes. Music Gateway lets me carefully select the applicants that fit what we are looking for. Most importantly though – we have a small contract / NDA that remixers needed to sign. The fact that we had a ‘before signing’ and ‘after signing’ section in the project made us feel very safe. This really helped the process.” He also said that having this contract scared off some people and in doing so left them with only those who were more serious and respectful.

Paloma Rush even played at a Music Gateway show after she and Lars met our very own Laurence in LA. Lars indicated the importance of being careful and mindful of the people that may not get the business aspect of things in the music industry. “I think the whole MG team is willing to listen and make the users comfortable. Reliable people that do live music – what more can you ask for? I will keep using MG.”

Lars also has some advice to offer members of the site and to be honest it made us laugh a little! “Make sure you respect each others time, always deliver quality. As always online – just because you are alone in your underwear in front of a screen, do not forget that there is a real person at the other end.”

You can check out all the remixes by clicking here

If you want to have your tracks remixed you can create a project with on Music Gateway and connect with members like Lars, Fisherking, Catherine Duc, Indy Lopez. You can create a project here:

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