About this project
Hello and welcome to our Kickstarter project to raise funds to manufacture an LP of exclusive remixes on 12" coloured vinyl.
Scroll down to hear the remixes before you buy & read about our remix producers & why they remixed this song...
Destination are an electro synth-pop duo from Aberdeenshire in Scotland in the UK. Made up of Bridget & Glynn, Destination create beautiful electronic songs of life, love & everything else.
Their latest single Vinyl is a sunny synth-pop love song about a couple falling in love and wishing to make a commitment to each other - "Please let's make it final, Let's share all our vinyl." Bridget & Glynn, themselves a real-life couple, have recently become engaged. What a perfect way to celebrate love. They have always dreamed of having their own music on vinyl. Help us make their dreams come true! You can even have your name printed on the centre label on Side B of the record.
On behalf of Destination, Bridget says: "Vinyl is a love story. In this bizarre place that the world has become with all the horrible ways that human beings find to hurt each other, this song is simply about being lucky enough to find someone completely on your wavelength that you want to share your life and all your precious things with. Like your blue vinyl white label promo of Oh L 'amour. That kind of thing.
Vinyl is one of those songs that wrote itself lyrically, sometimes I just look at the page and am surprised to see the words there and think 'oh did I do that?' And it's kind of weird structurally because it doesn't have a common format; there's no verse chorus verse chorus break chorus etc. it's more that the music changes on each section and the vocal stays the same which we like because it's quite different to our usual song writing.
We have worked with Pink Dolphin Music before when we contributed a version of 'Only You' to the Yazoo Cover Versions album called Good Times which came out in October last year, so we knew they were decent people. When we wrote Vinyl we thought there was something extra special about it so rather than put it on our SoundCloud page as we usually do when we write a new song, we uploaded it to their demo submission page and were delighted when Rich James got in touch to say he loved the track and wanted to sign it to the label.
The digital single came out 22nd April 2016 on iTunes and Amazon. Rich then approached us with the idea of putting the song out on vinyl, through a Kickstarter campaign, and could we come up with some goodies to get people on board like signed photos... and we're like what? Who wants photos of us! Let's get some more tunes together for a remix fest!
Destination had mixed the Sinestar song 'Fortunes Faded' so we asked Mark Trueman if he'd be interested in doing a mix for us. His wonderful 'Drop the Needle' mix was the first one we received and we could tell he just really loved the song because he put so much into it and was really behind it right from the start.
There's a fabulous mix from Rob Bradley of Shelter, who we've worked with before as well. We did a remix of 'Destination 'for their iPop remix album, and shared a stage with them at the Erasure 30 party last September in Birmingham.
Mark Towns mixed the lead single 'Say' from our second album in 2010, and we loved that and the mixes he's done for the likes of Erasure, and we've done a few remixes for his partner Stephen Pearlman's band Haberdashery too which is always great fun.
Mike Stanley or mOOGer! is a personal friend of ours, he too mixed our single 'Say' and Glynn has been involved with various mOOger! releases over the years too. We're always guaranteed quality when mOOger! is on the case, and this time was no different.
Mark La Fountain we met via SoundCloud, and he was working on a mix of our track 'No Subsitute' when we basically told him to leave off that and do Vinyl instead! The incredible Mind Veneration mix is so different to what we normally do because of the guitars; I think we've only used guitar in one of our own original tracks and maybe a Depeche Mode cover basically because I'm not very good at it...
Patrik Kambo was a brilliant find, well he found us really again through SoundCloud; he'd heard a sample of the single version that Pink Dolphin Music had put on their page and contacted us asking if he could do a mix of it. It wasn't public knowledge about the Kickstarter campaign at that time so his timing was really good, and he got his fantastic mix to us in time to be included in the LP.
Glenn Dyson has been a friend of Glynn's for many years. Glynn gave him the stems for Vinyl as he just wanted to play around with it, but his Old Skool Mix impressed us so much we asked if we could include it in the release so that's how the LP went from a 7 track to an 8 track release.
Not forgetting of course the excellent Destination 12" Extended remix, deliberately done in the style of the early Erasure and Depeche Mode releases that we love, where the extended remix really IS an extended version and not something completely unrecognisable, featuring a killer instrumental mid-section.
We're blown away by the effort that people have put in with their time and their talent, and it's just amazing how you can take a song with 3 chords and a really simple vocal melody and get all those different interpretations of it, each of them true to the original spirit of the song but with their own personal twist on it, with the instrumentation and in some cases additional vocals.
Destination would like to say thank you to Pink Dolphin Music for believing in us, to the people who mixed the song, to everyone that has pledged, to those who have tweeted and Facebooked and shared and liked, to the DJ's who have taken the time to play the track and talk to me on their radio shows, to our friends that we know and our friends that we haven't met yet for helping us to share our Vinyl."
This 12" coloured vinyl LP will contain 8 EXCLUSIVE remixes from Markymix, Sinestar, Shelter, Mind Veneration, Patrik Kambo, mOOger!, Glenn Dyson and Destination themselves. It is a fantastic collection with each remix sounding different from the others.
Scroll down for insights into each producer & their remixes...
Mark Towns (Markymix) says: Mark Towns (markymix) has remixed for artists such as Erasure and Haberdashery.
"The killer Destination track 'Vinyl' is the exact kind of pop that inspires me to remix. I drew upon early Depeche Mode influences, which were the first vinyl records I ever owned."
Mark LaFountain/Mind Veneration says: "A bit about me... I'm Mark LaFountain and I love classic Synth Pop. When I was growing up in the early 80's, bands like Duran Duran, Howard Jones, Thomas Dolby, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode – they made my world go round. I bought my first tiny keyboard, the Casio VL-Tone when I was 12 and began recording music using the Casio, a cheesy Radio Shack reverb unit and two cassette recorders. Fast forward a decade or so, and we had a house fire that consumed everything... so I had to start over again.. this time with an upgraded setup! I heard the ambient house band The Orb in '93 and was so taken with their sound, I decided to adopt the monicker Mind Veneration and began working on tracks that focused a little more on rhythms, atmospherics and effects.
I first discovered Destination through their track 'No Substitute' on SoundCloud and instantly fell in love with it. It just bubbled with fun and innocence - the way Vince Clarke's early work did. I contacted Glynn and Bridget to see if they would be open to having me remix it for them and they graciously agreed. A little less than a week into working on the 'No Substitute' remix, I heard 'Vinyl' for the first time and was completely blown away! It was as though The Eurythmics, Erasure & New Order decided to join together for a track and this was the result! Glynn contacted me about remixing it, and I jumped at the opportunity.
Since 'Vinyl' was already pure synth-pop gold in its original form, I thought it might be fun to steer it in a slightly different direction. I wanted to give my remix an Animotion 'Obsession' feel... a heavier beat with an electric guitar backbone. I enlisted the help of two fantastic guitarists and personal friends, Joe McLain and Ryan Garst to record overdubs, who both did a fantastic job adding their own unique style and character to the finished remix. I had Joe record over an hour of Fender Stratocaster overdubs that I spent a fun weekend sifting through until I found just the right parts. With guitars in place, I set out to beef up the drum track and ended up doing my best (though completely unintentional) Rolling Stones 'Undercover' impression. I dug through literally hundreds of Snare samples trying to find the right sound, eventually layering 5 separate snares thought the track.
On the synth side, I had a patch for the Mini Moog that emulated Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy the Silence' bass line. (my favorite track from them). I'd been looking for a place to use it, and 'Vinyl' seemed the perfect choice. I also wanted to add a touch of Giorgio Moroder's wonderful synth programming from 'I Feel Love', so I used the Moog Modular V to recreate some of those pulsing arpeggios, hi-hats and snare drums, as well as using the Solina routed through a phaser to accomplish those familiar synth strings. Glynn original wrote such a great synth hook for the chorus of the song, I wanted to really let it shine, so I re-created it using some Cellos, Violins, Violas and Marimbas from the Vienna Orchestral Library. It's the bit that opens up the remix.
For the vocals, I wanted to add in a vocoder, so I used the XILS Labs XILS-V which models the old Roland VP-330 used on some of my favorite records from the early 80's. Most of Bridget's vocals have a harmony that I played into the Vocoder to subtly add some ambience. I couldn't find a place to let the vocoder really shine on the track, so I waited until after Ryan's last guitar solo to really feature them prominently in the mix.
I would love to see this Kickstarter Campaign succeed – It's ALWAYS been a dream of mine to have a vinyl album with my music on it, but it's always been financially unfeasible. To have the opportunity to stand alongside the 7 other fantastic remixers who have brought their own phenomenal twist to the original track on a psychedelic yellow 12" single would be a dream come true! Please consider contributing on any level that you can!"
Patrik Kambo says: "My name is Patrik Kambo and I live in Trollhättan, Sweden. I bought my first synth back in 1983 and been playing in a band since 1986. The band is called "Close To Nature" and we are still active. Since we live in different towns nowadays we don't play a lot together. I started remixing other artist a few years ago and this is something I love doing. So far I've done about 15 remixes and some of them has been released on CD. One of them is even featured in movie as a soundtrack. I had just finished a remix for a group called "Blame The Machine" when I heard "Vinyl" on SoundCloud. I had an idea for the next remix and "vinyl" was a perfect match. I contacted them and started working. In just a few days I was more or less finished. I had no idea that a remix 12" was planned for vinyl so I was just lucky"
About Mike Stanley: Established as an artist 15 years ago, this electro wizard from England uses entirely synthesizers and drum machines to create uplifting, thoughtful, soulful, accessible electronic pop music.
He has successfully released four albums between 2010 and 2015 which featured well-crafted electronic pop songs offering catchy electro anthems mixed with moody melodic pop. Each continued to show his development as a songwriter.
He has also been a successful remix artist over this period gaining recognition with remixes officially released for other electronic acts such as Erasure, Andy Bell, Dancing with Ruby, Destination & Haberdashery.
Why did Mike mix Vinyl?: "The reason I remixed Vinyl is because I was asked very nicely by Glynn & Bridget. I also really love the song with its slow melodic build up and superb lyrics. The chance to add my trademark noises to some of Glynn's superb melodies and Bridget's silky vocals was an offer I couldn't refuse. I loved every minute of it."
Glenn Dyson says: "I've always loved music; my big passion is house but I also enjoy soul, funk, disco and electronica. I have a large collection of vinyl and digital music and enjoy creating DJ mixes, music production, remixing and editing as a hobby. I've known Glynn (of Destination) since school and was talking to him about 'vinyl' when he offered to send me the multi-tracks to remix. I kept some of the original elements but gave it a more dance-oriented vibe, it was great fun to do!"
Rich James (Director of record label Pink Dolphin Music Ltd) says: "When we started this label back in 2010, my ultimate dream was to make a vinyl record of a release at least once. No other music format has the tactile feel and sound of vinyl. When we signed this song by Destination, I just knew it had to be made into a record as the title was 'Vinyl'! All 8 remixes blew me away with the diversity of their sound - nothing was repeated. It's an LP I want to own and play and I hope you do too. As a label, this represents the next step in our progress and would love to make this remix LP."
We have a high quality manufacturer lined up to press this great LP ready for you to enjoy. Each copy that you can buy here will come with a free digital download of the LP which will be available to you before the records have been pressed so you don't have to wait too long to enjoy these remixes.
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