Social media technology platform Talenthouse has joined forces with Queen to offer remixers, musicians and producers the opportunity to remix one of the iconic British band’s most enduring songs – 1979 single Don’t Stop Me Now.
A highlight of the preceding year’s Jazz album, Don’t Stop Me Now only reached number nine in the UK chart but has enjoyed an extremely fruitful post-release life, with numerous licences for film, TV and advertising.
Now, for the first time in its history, Queen is releasing isolated ‘stems’ from a track – including Freddie Mercury’s original vocals – in order to elicit some strikingly modern remixes of the classic song.
The winning entrant will be featured on Queen’s official site and across their social media channels including their Facebook and YouTube pages. They will also receive $1,000, Avid Pro Tools software and studio time with a leading mastering engineer at London’s Metropolis Studios – a facility with which Queen enjoyed a long association. There will also be runner-up prizes of Avid music software and Queen-related merchandise.
The deadline for submissions is 13 December 2011. All submitted remixes will go up for public voting on Facebook and Twitter between 14 and 21 December, with the top finalists then reviewed and judged by both Brian May and Roger Taylor, along with special guest judges Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson – Queen’s long-term sound engineers and producers. Announcement of the finalists will then be made on 18 January 2012.
For further information and details of how to enter, please visit www.talenthouse.com/queen-remix-dont-stop-me-now.